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I flew into Brisbane Airport last night at 9:15pm, having cut a holiday to Canberra five days short and booked an urgent same-day flight back to Brisbane. All visitors from Brisbane were to leave the Australian Capital Territory immediately or quarantine for 14 days: that was the new health directive issued by the ACT government yesterday. I learned this upon returning from a 3-hour hike up and down Gibraltar Point during which I had no phone or internet reception. …


Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like Brutalist buildings. I think they’re eyesores and blights upon the urban landscape. I would hate to work or learn in a Brutalist building, let alone live in one. I’m actually a frothing architectural reactionary who thinks nothing built after 1930 is worth the (cheap) material it was built from, and that the colonisation of our cities by Brutalist concrete monstrosities, and the accompanying destruction of priceless architectural heritage, was a heinous crime.

I don’t need to give a lecture on the ills of Brutalism, which are plain enough. Not only are Brutalist buildings…


Shame over our country’s existence would be the worst possible reason to change the date

I don’t really care about Australia Day. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find an Australian who — genuinely — does. Sure, it’s nice to have the public holiday, and no self-respecting Australian is going to turn down an excuse to drink and throw a barbecue, but this isn’t the Fourth of July. It’s not Bastille Day. This isn’t a hallowed date in our national mythos on which we recite the names of our founders and belt out the national anthem as tears roll down our cheeks. …


Brexit is a popular revolution that can’t be stopped

Now that the Withdrawal Agreement is dead, Britain is on course for no-deal. The parliamentary arithmetic simply guarantees it. Just look at the numbers: roughly a quarter of MPs are ultra Brexiteers who won’t vote for anything short of a loose, Canada-style agreement, and who would be quite happy about a no-deal Brexit. Roughly a quarter of MPs are Conservative loyalists or Conservatives ambivalent about Brexit who supported Theresa May’s deal, and who will follow the government wherever it leads them. Another quarter are Remainers who want a second referendum. …

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