Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the (Labor) party

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

It is quite clear from the Trade Union Royal Commission that not only are a number of unions riddled with criminality, but those same unions believe they own the Australian Labor Party. All large organisations will from time to time harbour criminals. That is a given of human affairs. What counts is not whether this […]

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Canning a bigger test of Shorten than Abbott

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Canning is a marginal seat with a deceptively safe Liberal Party majority due almost solely to the former member, Don Randall. If Labor can’t win this in a byelection there is something drastically wrong with them. Not only are the numbers their way, but the Liberal Campaign looks decidedly bone-headed if this article in The […]

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ACTU case against Heydon boomerangs

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

As I understand it, the ACTU case against Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon is not that he is biased, but that an average person might think he was biased. Now I would have thought the only reason a royal commissioner should be stood aside is if there is a reasonable apprehension that he might be biased. […]

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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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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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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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