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COVER STORY The world has changed: Now for the new order

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Move to curtail underage online porn epidemic

CANBERRA OBSERVED ScoMo's delicate balancing act in extraordinary times

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Time and timing are crucial to Cardinal Pell's appeal by Peter Westmore

NEW ZEALAND Political divisions polarise across the Ditch

NEW ZEALAND Victorian Road Map smooths way of NZ anti-life clique to abortion 'reform'

FREE SPEECH Intolerance brigade at UQ attacks professor of Law

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Victoria lifts moratorium of gas exploration

CHINESE HISTORY The Soong Dynasty: Three sisters who rules China

LAW AND SOCIETY Guilt by accusation: The kangaroos are roaming freely through Australia's legal system

GENDER POLITICS Dr Quentin Van Meter's Australian talk is opening eyes in the U.S.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Australia is not safe in the borderless globalised world

SHOPPING AND SOCIETY The Ubermensch in the aisles

MUSIC We seem to have lost the point of counterpoint

CINEMA The Current War: Industrial miracle workers

BOOK REVIEW A dark trade that continues unabated worldwide

EBOOK READ THIS Both sides to this old story



NATIONAL AFFAIRS Use detention centres to help deal with covid19 epidemic

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Justice at last: Cardinal Pell set free

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Kevin Donnelly is the best thinker and writer in Australia on issues of children’s education and how political correctness is enforcing groupthink and destroying the language. He has, in the 25 years since I first published his work, been rigorous in outing the effects of faddish left wing approaches to teacher training and educational theory that have so damaged our school system.

Chris Mitchell – Past editor of The Australian and journalist

This pithy dictionary records a campaign to lasso or strangle the language. In the process, the campaign often falsifies the past or present.

– Geoffrey Blainey, Historian

Kevin Donnelly has frequently railed against the dangers of political correctness. This work commendably highlights its stultifying effect on plain speaking. Not everyone will identify with all of the examples he cites, but the volume is a useful contribution to a better understanding of how simple, direct language has been undermined.

– John Howard, Australian Prime Minister

I spend hours, days and weeks at my laptop, working on stories where I have to find exactly the right phrase and progression of thought in words to convey, with accuracy but also originality, what I am seeing in my mind, and feeling in my emotions, to my reader. It’s the duck paddling seemingly effortlessly but with a huge amount of activity under the water. Now that is even harder to do these days – sometimes it feels impossibly hard – as I duck and weave around the PC monitor in my brain … Kevin Donnelly precisely and chillingly depicts what is happening to language and thought under PC regulation and the dangerous history behind it. Read his arguments and be galvanised.

– Shelley Gare, commentator and journalist

An essential guide to the most dangerous intellectual disease of our time.

– Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister

Dr Kevin Donnelly is one of the best friends two generations of young Australians have had. He is a tireless advocate for educational quality and understands what makes a difference. His insights and experience make this book another winner.

– Tess Livingstone, journalist at The Australian and author

Political correctness is the antithesis of education. Education is about opening the mind and encouraging thought and that will sometimes include ideas which might be characterised as dangerous. Notions of political correctness are about corralling thought and banishing ideas which don’t fit prevailing prejudices and ideologies. Political correctness has no place in beneficial education.

– Alan Jones, Radio and TV commentator and journalist

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