Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

Labor in favour of flat tax and non-means-tested welfare

Monday, March 21st, 2005

I never thought I would see the day when Labor members were arguing for flat rate taxation and non-means-tested welfare. But then the Voluntary Student Union debate is unusual. The arguments for keeping compulsory student unionism appear to be that it helps poorer students by making canteen food cheaper,and providing sporting and club facilities, counselling […]

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Queensland Liberals – history repeating

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Here we go again. It’s like a familiar school ground dust-up. You know that whenever the Queensland Nationals throw a punch, the Queensland Libs are going to walk straight into it. This morning’s Courier Mail provides yet another example with a story that the Liberals are demanding to be the senior party in any future […]

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Mogadon versus heroin

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Rob Davis of the Queensland Law Society is opposed to using private laboratories to augment the John Tonge centre’s DNA testing. Apparently private companies couldn’t be trusted not to tamper with the evidence! Read Bernie Matthews’ series of articles about the centre and DNA testing in general on On Line Opinion, and you’d be left […]

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Memo to Howard: They’re armless

Friday, March 11th, 2005

The Courier Mail reports this morning that John Howard is going to broker a peace between the Queensland Libs and Nats. Here we go again. Not that the CM journalists appear to be aware of this. The CM reports “Mr Howard has never before personally and formally intervened in the Queensland Liberal Party division” which […]

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Urban environment shapes urban violence

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

One thread binds the riots in Redfern’s “The Block”, Palm Island and Macquarie Meadows. It’s not race, it’s public housing. In all the talk of tougher laws and social intervention, hardly anyone is dealing with the root cause. If you bang a whole lot of financially deprived people together in an environment where no-one owns […]

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Will Ingrid equal Tracy?

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

The Queensland coast has had a period of relative cyclonic calm since the storms that brought the Brisbane floods of 1974, but is that about to change? Cyclone Ingrid, centred 330 kilometres off Cooktown has just intensified to category five. Perhaps the BOM is playing it down, or maybe journalists don’t think they have any […]

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Another interest rate story

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Some were well and truly banking on an interest rate rise this morning. Westpac was very fast out of the blocks with this email. Curious thing is that I’ve never received anything from them by email before, and as far as I know I’ve never opted in to any Westpac email list. Could it be […]

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How rich do you have to be to read The Australian?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Today’s front page on The Australian illustrated the interest rates story with yarn about a poor Sydney woman who would now have to pay $160 more per month on her mortgage. The accompanying table showed that she must have had a mortgage of $1M! So that’s what it takes to be a battler in The […]

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A perfect score

Monday, February 28th, 2005

World, when are you going to start paying attention to the On Line Opinion election coverage? Name me one commentator(s) who’s correctly called the general result of all elections they’ve covered since 2001? Can’t? Well look no further than the team at www.ozelections.com. Forgive my angst and allow me to be self-satisfied for just a […]

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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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