Posts in ‘Australian Politics’

This is what you get when you dump rubbish in an old mine

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Four Corners has struck again with another non-story that has panicked the political establishment. Queensland doesn’t have a waste levy. This means it is cheaper to dump in Queensland than elsewhere, creating a business opportunity for waste disposal companies who operate in New South Wales. Not surprisingly some of them have secured properly zoned dump […]

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Corporatisation of political parties

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Hillary Clinton has just started a new movement called Onwards Together to “resist” Donald Trump. It is similar to her campaign slogan “Stronger Together”, but if you translated it into French you would probably call it something like “En Marche”, which is the name of Emmanuel Macron’s new political party. In turn Macron’s party name […]

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Turnbull starting to move in the right direction

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The latest Morgan Gallup Poll shows Malcolm Turnbull’s approval rating falling slightly, but a massive increase in the numbers preferring him as Prime Minister over Bill Shorten. At last Turnbull is moving in the right direction. If he can maintain this he can win the next election. What is most significant is the fall in […]

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Good luck with Australian Conservatives Cory, but…

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

There has long been a need for a competitor to GetUp. I’ve been involved in at least two attempts which have gone nowhere. Now Cory Bernardi is giving it a go. Good luck Cory, but the omens are not encouraging. For starters, you need to get some professionalism into your operation. Finding the site is […]

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Manchurian candidate or just a cuckoo?

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

I said to my good friend David Davies that I thought Australia had been invaded by the whites. He looked at me and said he was sure it was settlement. This would have been around about 1978 or 1979. He was studying law, I was studying English literature. I had a lot of respect for […]

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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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