Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

Nothing tough about trade-him-in Tony anymore

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Tony Abbott has been portrayed as too tough and unfeeling by his enemies for as long as he’s been in parliament. This is wrong. Despite his obvious exercise discipline what we’re seeing at the moment is a Pavlova – brittle on the outside and soft in. If Abbott were tough then he would not now […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:55 am | Comments (24) |

Superannuation and home buyers

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

It’s amazing how many people have leapt in to criticise Hockey’s suggestion that young Australians should be able to tap into their super contributions to buy their first home, including this bad tempered contribution from former PM Paul Keating. Far from being a class envy attack on retirement savings, it could be the single best […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:30 am | Comments (9) |

Dog whistles must be on special

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

I’ve been shocked and disgusted by the racism incorporate in the reaction to the Hepatatitis A contaminated frozen berries sold by Nanna’s and used as a weapon by those seeking to advance restrictive trade practices. While plenty were keen to accuse John Howard of allegedly “dog whistling” to racists through his tough on illegal entrants […]

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Ferny Grove spanner still poised above the works

Monday, February 16th, 2015

If the LNP challenges the ECQ’s decision in Ferny Grove and wins, it’s possible that the Palaszczuk government will be one of the shortest in Queensland’s history. But everyone seems to think there is no chance of the LNP mounting a challenge, or succeeding. Having been through the 1995 Mundingburra appeal I wouldn’t be so sure. The […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership shows democratic deficit

Monday, January 26th, 2015

It is easy to be blase about corruption in other places. No one thinks much of what passes for government in countries like Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, or other places that don’t think much of human rights. (Lots of things upset me about our PM’s ideology, but I sleep better at night knowing he doesn’t keep […]

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LNP running only half a campaign

Monday, January 19th, 2015

I’m puzzled by the Queensland LNP campaign. It is leaving the Bligh government completely out of the frame. For example, yesterday’s campaign launch included an announcement of a pay down of $2 bn of debt on Seqwater leading to a $100 cut in water bills. Fair enough, if the utility has lower costs it should pass them […]

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Looking for a magic bullet

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

It’s almost unimaginable that Tony Abbott should be in this much polling strife this early in his career, but today’s Australian shows him facing a wipeout in the southern states based on analysis of Newspoll this year. The previous government was rejected because of its incompetence and dishonesty, but this government has been relatively competent and […]

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Posted by Graham at 12:01 pm | Comments (20) |

Ebola

Friday, October 31st, 2014

I’m struck by the urgency with which some suggest Australia must send doctors to deal with the Ebola threat in West Africa. What is it about Australian doctors that makes them indispensable? Can’t doctors from other countries handle the threat as competently (or even more so) than those from Australia? Perhaps those countries not sending their airmen […]

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Stone Barry Spurr? Ask Sydney Uni

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

When you can’t play the ball, kick the man in the groin – that’s the iron rule of Green Left politics these days. So if the federal government commissions an inquiry which states the bleeding obvious – that there is not enough Western literature or culture in the national curriculum and too much indigenous – […]

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Putting the sword to religious relativism

Friday, October 10th, 2014

It appears the AFP may have overplayed its hand when referring to a sword seized in recent raids. But the sword also demonstrates that those who claim all religions are essentially the same, have also overplayed their hands as well, and that to ignore the essence of a religion when analysing religious violence is a […]

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