Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

Let’s rub out bigotry (and Catherine Deveny) Bill

Friday, August 15th, 2014

I always thought that George Brandis was right – it is legal to be a bigot in this country – but Bill Shorten has corrected him, a correction which he tacitly seems to have accepted by abandoning his attempt to change section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. According to Bill “…bigotry has no place […]

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Why OLO has published on the link between abortion and breast cancer

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

After the treatment meted out to Eric Abetz, possibly the last thing I wanted to see in my email inbox was an article from a credible academic, with credible evidence, that there could indeed be a link between abortion and breast cancer. But there it was, and it has been published today. Despite the media […]

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Questions for Premier Palasczcuk?

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

On the basis of today’s Stafford by-election, you would have to put your money on Anastacia Palasczcuk being the next premier of Queensland after the next election, due around March next year. According to the Australian, the swing against the Newman government was 18.6%. The primary votes are almost a mirror image of those achieved at […]

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Palmer in trouble in the Senate

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

All the media commentary I have read says Tony Abbott is the one with a problem in the senate, but that is to misread entirely what is going on. The person with the biggest problem in the senate is Clive Palmer. PUP is a party that offers a cornucopia of policies, but in the real […]

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Does Mr A have a Plan B?

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Has Abbott been jolted awake from his coal-fired stupor yet? Has the Australian Senate taken the leadership role we have long hoped for? If science doesn’t convince, the markets eventually will. This article and quote from the UK Telegraph is yet another of many showing that the fossil fuel bubble is going to burst. Quote: […]

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Stop trashing Tony

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

What is it about Labor, and the left more generally, that it plays the person rather than the ball, and applies the techniques of social exclusion rather than logic and rational persuasion? And why does the media play along with Labor when it does? Tony Abbott is overseas representing Australia, and from what I can see, […]

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Strong Choices

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Queensland government has a debt problem and it’s asking for your help to solve it, or at least that is the pitch for Strong Choices, a website which gives you some say in the process by allowing you to decide how to repay debt using actual figures. It’s an interesting experiment in participatory democracy […]

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Albanese’s QANTAS ownership own goal

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Anthony Albanese didn’t need to make the claim that eight out of the top ten airlines in the world are majority government-owned to make his case out. But he did, and if he was properly briefed he must have known that claim was wrong. Now he must certainly know that claim is wrong because the […]

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Redcliffe an opportunity for Newman

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The Redcliffe byelection provides the Newman government with an opportunity. Like most oppositions who win government, particularly with a large majority, they have been having trouble justifying themselves. At the last election electors’ preoccupation was with ridding themselves of the Bligh government. They didn’t give a lot of thought to what the LNP would do […]

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Kids in detention: New AHRC Inquiry

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Yesterday the Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the second inquiry into the human rights of children in immigration detention. See: Between 2002 and 2004 I as the Australian Human Rights Commissioner have conducted the first inquiry that resulted in a report ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’ tabled in […]

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