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Former businessman, turned writer, blogger and commentator; passionate about free speech, democracy and the politics of change. Originally from Norway, lived in Australia for 30 years.

I think, therefore I write;
I read, therefore I think.

Democracy is in decline world-wide. Australia is now one of only 20 – twenty – true democracies according to the annual “Democracy Index” published by the The Economist’s Intelligence Unit. We cannot afford to be complacent and think that all will be well just because there is another election coming up – there is much more to a sound democracy than polling booths.

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Democracy and Its Crisis by A.C. Grayling
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A C Grayling writes well, he is easy to follow, although at times a bit too academically "heavy". He is logical and he puts democracy in context of history and of the times we live in. Understandably it is focused on the Westminster system and the UK ...more
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Light and Shadow by Mark Colvin
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Even if you don't know the name, you will remember the mellifluous soothing voice of the late Mark Colvin - ABC foreign correspondent for decades, including presenter on Four Corners, Lateline and many more. A legend of good old fashioned journalism ...more
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Bell of the Desert by Alan Gold
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If Winston Churchill and the other leaders of Western Europe had listened more closely to Gertrude Bell and T.E Lawrence during and after the First World War, the Middle East might have been a very different place today. Bell and Lawrence both unders ...more
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Kingdom of the Wicked Book One by Helen Dale
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I respect anyone that acknowledges their mistakes, apologises and moves on - Helen Dale ("nee" Helen Demidenko) is a good example. Her debut novel "The Hand that Signed the Paper" won the Miles Franklin but she was later heavily criticised for having ...more
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In Search of Good Government by Laura Tingle
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Laura Tingle does something few of our political commentators manage: to write with the deep insight of an insider without revealing her partisan leanings and maintaining the perspective of an outsider. She also has a keen appreciation not only of re ...more
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Taboo by Kim Scott
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This was the first of Kim Scott's books that I have read. It won't be the last! Scott is of Aboriginal origins and it shows up in both the way he writes and how the story unfolds. The opening chapter provides a sense of wonder and magic, with underly ...more
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Saigon by Anthony Grey
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Read this after watching Ken Burns' excellent documentary on the Vietnam War. Although this book is historical fiction, it is still an excellent expose on the background and events that led to the tragedy of the region, starting with colonialism in g ...more
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
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The movie is one of my all time favourites, the man an intriguing character of a tragic period of history. I have always had the sense that if the British generals (and more importantly the politicians) had listened a bit more to T E Lawrence (and Ge ...more
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Too Soon to Say Goodbye by Art Buchwald
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My dad loved Art Buchwald, and I was once a big fan, too - had kind of forgotten about him for a few decades when I stumbled over this. Recalled his irreverent style, appreciated the subject matter, but it became a one joke story. RIP to a very funny ...more
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