Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

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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Cleaning up the Labor house

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

The last fortnight’s shennanigans show just why Mark Latham won the Labor leadership in the first place, and why federal Labor is likely to continue to lose elections. Mark Latham was a supporter of On Line Opinion from an early stage, and one of the few Members of Parliament with any intellectual depth. He seemed […]

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Ron Walker’s wrong, but so is Xstrata

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Former Liberal Party bagman Ron Walker wants the Federal Government to buy WMC’s Olympic Dam “in the national interest”. WMC is under a takeover offer from Swiss company Xstrata. This is the same company that recently took over MIM, and more pertinently also bought a vanadium resource from PMA in Western Australia. The stock in […]

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Howard’s parachute for Springborg

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

Still waiting to see whether Lawrence Springborg is prepared to discuss alternative futures to marrying his estranged Liberal Party “sweetheart”, but in the meantime her oldest living relic – John Howard – has bought into the fray again. In an article by Dennis Atkins in yesterday’s Courier Mail Howard both rules out and rules in […]

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Bradfield source with your pork sir?

Friday, December 17th, 2004

According to The Courier Mail two days ago, the Queensland National Party is compiling a wish list of infrastructure projects on which to spend the $30 billion predicted from the sale of Telstra. From the news item it looks like they intend to spend the whole of the sale proceeds on “dam, road and irrigation […]

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Los trios amigos

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

While I’m waiting for Lawrence Springborg to post a reply I thought I might run some Queensland gossip. Latest and hottest rumour in the Queensland Liberal Party is that Senator Santo Santoro and Councillors Caltabiano and Nicholls are heading to state parliament. The three are factional allies and exercise significant influence over the party, but […]

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Woolie thinking on wool

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

What’s the problem with the wool industry? Two competing theories have run in the papers over the last two days. An opinion piece (subscribers only, so no link) in yesterday’s Fin Review by the former communications manager of the Australian Wool Corporation essentially claims it’s a lack of promotion by a central marketing authority. The […]

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The way forward based on the research

Monday, December 13th, 2004

Lawrence, welcome to our blog. I think we may well be making some sort of history here. It’s rare for political leaders to consent to any form of one on one debate. I’m sure it’s never been done north of the Tweed in an online forum. I’m hoping that you will stick around to see […]

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Lawrence, Lawrence!

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

Some more gratuitous advice to Lawrence Springborg – if you are going to accuse others of dishonesty be “squeaky clean” yourself. Lawrence Springborg keeps insinuating that I have done something dishonest in my reporting of his research; and that I cannot be an “independent commentator” because I am “factionally aligned”, as demonstrated in the following […]

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The whole truth

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

Lawrence Springborg questioned my integrity on radio this morning. I also received an interesting email from Sean Parnell a Courier Mail journalist who wrote a significantly different story based on the same research. I’ve issued an invitation to Springborg to put his side of the argument on this site. As yet there has been no […]

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