Monthly Archives: August 2002

Mr. Alexander Downer – Mr. Howard’s Court Buffoon

All Cabinets contain weaker members, such as Mr. Daryl Williams, the Attorney-General, who has been much commented upon on past occasions.1 But gradually Mr. Alexander Downer, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been emerging as perhaps the most inadequate of those selected by Mr. John Howard. Mr. Downer has been notable for his somewhat effeminate manner and his having reportedly worn fishnet stockings. He was also reported to have dressed “in flower-power gear for an entertainment night” at ... Read More »


(1863) Chapter 2 / What Utilitarianism Is. A PASSING remark is all that needs be given to the ignorant blunder of supposing that those who stand up for utility as the test of right and wrong, use the term in that restricted and merely colloquial sense in which utility is opposed to pleasure. An apology is due to the philosophical opponents of utilitarianism, for even the momentary appearance of confounding them with any one capable of so absurd a misconception; ... Read More »