Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

Issue not whether Shorten’s actions were illegal, but whether they should have been

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Bill Shorten is crying foul because the Trade Union Royal Commission advised us late on Friday he had not broken the law. This begs the question. There should be a law forbidding what he did. He took money from employers that he was negotiating wage agreements with. This is an unacceptable conflict of interest and […]

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Turnbull will have to redefine Liberal constituency

Monday, September 14th, 2015

If Malcolm Turnbull wins the ballot against Tony Abbott, and whoever else might put their hand up, he will need to redefine the Liberal constituency in order to win an election. Every time I have tested Turnbull as leader against Abbott in one of our polls he has been preferred leader, but by Labor and […]

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ChAFTA about levelling the playing field

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

I don’t understand the debate about ChAFTA. What ChAFTA does is allow Australia more access to China, after we unlitaterally extended that courtesy to China years ago. It is about levelling the playing field for everyone which will create more jobs all around. Yet the ALP, true to form under this regime, is only interested […]

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Unions must challenge Dyson in Federal Court

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Unless the unions challenge Dyson Heydon’s ruling that he does not suffer from apprehended bias they are piling criminality on criminality. In a statement yesterday ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said the Trade Union Royal Commission is “terminally tarnished”. It is a crime to try to bring a Royal Commission into disrepute. Unless Oliver and his […]

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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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