The Damage of Dwindling​ Party Membership

For decades the involvement of the public directly within political parties has been decreasing. More and more is the membership base falling on party hacks, lifetime members and those with more extreme views. 

These days the major parties have around 40,000 members each. For comparison, the MCC has a waiting list of 225,000 people. This…

FFF – Camel Beauty Competition Cheaters!

Each year in Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz runs an annual Camel Festival, a celebration and showcase of everything camel, featuring 30,000 camels over an entire month! The main attraction of the festival is the “Miss Camel” beauty contest, with a prize of 20 million Riyal ($7.22m AUD) for the winning camel. This has pushed some camel…

FFF – The City of Melbourne Has a Flag

Did you know that the City of Melbourne has its own flag? Me neither, and I think it is because it’s one of most misdesigned flags. For those who have never seen it before, it looks like this: It is made up of four quadrants, separated by the cross of Saint George, with the Royal…

Section 44 Speech

Today I’m going to talk to you about our constitution. It was the first document of its kind to arise from the power of debate, not the power of war. Many Australians came together from every colony to determine how this country would run and to determine the principles that would act as the foundation…

Great Scot Article – Section 44

The National Schools Constitution Convention is a meeting place of the great youth political minds of Australia. For three days, students from every state and territory meet to discuss and debate a particular constitutional issue. For the 2018 Convention, the topic was “Is Section 44 Relevant in a Modern Australia?”. For those who haven’t memorised…

FFF – The Great Gatsby

If you ever read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby you’ll notice there’s a small epigraph by a man called Thomas Parke D’Invilliers. The epigraph reads as follows: Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,…

A Sense of Wonder

When was the last time you left your house and just went and explored somewhere? When was the last time you got lost in a new place, went down a road you’ve never seen, or eaten at a place you’ve never heard of? The truth is there’s been a sad decay in the curiosity we…