Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

We are family

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

An interview on ABC radio this morning said it all (no audio that I can find, so no link) – we all belong to families, apparently. Minister responsible for Family Impact Statements, Kay Patterson, was asked to define exactly what a family was. After not much rambling she revealed that even a person living alone […]

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Lawrence get your shotgun?

Friday, February 18th, 2005

Budding match-maker Lawrence Springborg has been trying to force a shot-gun wedding on his shy bride, the Queensland Libs. I had always assumed he was the groom, or at least had an enduring power of attorney on the groom’s behalf. An opinion piece in today’s Courier Mail by Scott Driscoll, National Party Life Member, former […]

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I am one of Wayne Sawyer’s ‘failures’

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Associate Professor of English Wayne Sawyer appears to believe that English teachers have failed because some of their students voted for this Liberal government. If that is the case, then I must be one of the most spectacular illustrations of that failure. I was fortunate enough to have access to one of the best liberal […]

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Another use for the ‘Invisible Hand’

Thursday, February 10th, 2005

It might not be quite what he was intending to say, but Keith Suter appears to have found another use for Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand”. The invisible hand is Smith’s description of the phenomenon where, by pursuing self-interest, individuals actually work to the common good – “…by directing that industry in such a manner as […]

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Curse of Crikey – Libs move on Queensland expulsions

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

The Queensland Liberal Party has scanned the horizon, decided there are no elections in prospect for a year or two, and now they are moving on their long awaited expulsions. Well, at least one of them. This evening Margaret Krause has been served with a “writ” to attend a hearing of the Disciplinary Committee. A […]

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Difference between degree and direction

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

In this postmodern world one human being’s lie is another’s truth. Knew it wouldn’t take some blow-hard long to claim that John Howard promised in the last election that interest rates would not rise under him. Of course, the claim was that interest rates would be higher under Labor – a claim about the degree […]

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Sentencing and due process

Monday, February 7th, 2005

They say that you should never forgive, and never forget. Ken Jarrett and Robert Lacey might be forgiven for adhering to that litany, and adding another of their own – never confess. Who are Ken Jarrett and Robert Lacey? They are the members of a reasonably exclusive club of the reluctantly honest. Jarrett was the […]

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‘Rotten Romans’ could teach ALP, and all of us, some lessons

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

My older daughter, Libby, has been reading Rotten Romans one book in a series of Horrible Histories. It explains that the Romans beat the Britons because while both the Romans and the Britons made military mistakes, the Romans learnt from their mistakes and tended to only make them once. When I was a kid growing […]

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Worst of the worst

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

“Worst of the worst?” was the title of a Four Corners investigation into Mamdouh Habib on 20th July, 2004. Anyone wanting to weigh into the debate about his detention and then lack of trial ought to read the transcript. In showing that he wasn’t the worst of the worst the programme still demonstrated he was […]

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Sophie’s choice the best

Friday, January 28th, 2005

As I predicted soon after last election – Howard government control of the Senate is likely to lead to more intra-Liberal Party activism than in previous parliaments (certainly any in the ’90s). One sign of that is the newly formed Backbench Tax/Welfare reform group co-chaired by Victorians Sophie Panopoulos and Mitch Fifield. But what does […]

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