On Friday night in Melbourne, I had the distinction of being introduced on stage by Australian broadcasting legend Alan Jones, which was a great honour for me. On Tuesday morning in Sydney, I started the day on Alan's radio show. We discussed many things, including the malign incentives of identity politics. If you missed it live, I think you'll find it a fun listen. Click below for the audio:
~The ABC's Rosanna Ryan reports on the "political firestorm" over Justice Scalia's successor, and includes a wee morsel from yours truly:
Canadian commentator Mark Steyn captured the conservative attitude to Scalia in an interview with Tom Switzer on Between The Lines, where he spoke of a lawsuit against him which he thought may go to the Supreme Court.
'In a way, I was sanguine about that because I thought Justice Scalia, who is a brilliant legal mind, was my best chance of getting a five-four victory,' he says. 'He understood that you shouldn't let yourself be ruled by five robed regents, which is what much of American life has come down to, where all the difficult questions are essentially settled by the one swing vote on the Supreme Court. He didn't think it was healthy.'
That's true. Even when the conservative side "won" in court, he thought these things were better settled by the people's representatives.
~On Wednesday, I'll be back on the ABC, with Fran Kelly on Radio National and later on telly for "The Drum". Full details in our "On The Air" box at top right.