Politics Archive

  • Australia’s impotence in influencing events in its own backyard is being demonstrated in dramatic fashion this week as the Fijian dictator, Frank Bainimarama, fulfils his long-held ambition to assume the chairmanship of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. All of the other Melanesian leaders – from Papua New Guinea, the Solomons, Vanuatu plus the Kanak FLNKS from New Caledonia – are joining […]

    #18 CHAIRMAN FRANK’S PACIFIC COUP

    Australia’s impotence in influencing events in its own backyard is being demonstrated in dramatic fashion this week as the Fijian dictator, Frank Bainimarama, fulfils his long-held ambition to assume the chairmanship of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. All of the other Melanesian leaders – from Papua New Guinea, the Solomons, Vanuatu plus the Kanak FLNKS from New Caledonia – are joining […]

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  • The Australian Labor Party’s worst election result in New South Wales in more than a century can’t simply be written off as an enraged electorate taking its revenge on a corrupt and incompetent government. It’s also the writing on the wall for federal Labor as its traditional support base of aspirational blue and white collar workers and pinot-swilling social progressives […]

    #17 THE LIGHT ON THE HILL EXTINGUISHED

    The Australian Labor Party’s worst election result in New South Wales in more than a century can’t simply be written off as an enraged electorate taking its revenge on a corrupt and incompetent government. It’s also the writing on the wall for federal Labor as its traditional support base of aspirational blue and white collar workers and pinot-swilling social progressives […]

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  • Tony Abbott is playing with electoral fire with his latest foray outside the doors of the parliament to join what the organisers described as a grassroots protest against the Government’s carbon tax but seemed more like a gathering of the looniest of Australia’s looney right. The opposition leader seems to have no compunction whatsoever to be seen publicly with the […]

    #16 SUPPING WITH THE DEVIL

    Tony Abbott is playing with electoral fire with his latest foray outside the doors of the parliament to join what the organisers described as a grassroots protest against the Government’s carbon tax but seemed more like a gathering of the looniest of Australia’s looney right. The opposition leader seems to have no compunction whatsoever to be seen publicly with the […]

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  • So Australia is to have a carbon tax from July 1st 2012,  despite assurances from Prime Minister Julia Gillard before the last election that such a tax would not be imposed.  The Australian electorate is used to our politicians behaving with craven self interest. But there can be few more cynical instances of a Prime Minister resorting to such a […]

    #7 UNCONSCIONABLE DECEPTION AND EMISSIONS OF HOT AIR

    So Australia is to have a carbon tax from July 1st 2012,  despite assurances from Prime Minister Julia Gillard before the last election that such a tax would not be imposed.  The Australian electorate is used to our politicians behaving with craven self interest. But there can be few more cynical instances of a Prime Minister resorting to such a […]

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  • Someone we know who taught Tony Abbott at Sydney’s Saint Ignatius College has a wonderful story that tells us much about the man who thinks he was robbed of the chance to lead Australia at the last election and certainly intends to do so after the next. The year was 1975 and Tony Abbott was in Year 12, a confident […]

    #5 THE MADNESS BLOCKING THE PUGILIST’S KNOCKOUT PUNCH

    Someone we know who taught Tony Abbott at Sydney’s Saint Ignatius College has a wonderful story that tells us much about the man who thinks he was robbed of the chance to lead Australia at the last election and certainly intends to do so after the next. The year was 1975 and Tony Abbott was in Year 12, a confident […]

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  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may well be someone totally unconcerned with personal hygiene, as some of those who’ve been in close proximity to him maintain. It’s neither here nor there for those of us keen to keep our distance from this strangely unsettling character, with his Mogadon manner and haughty self-righteousness. Yet there’s something distinctly odious about the way this […]

    # 2. THE REAL STENCH AROUND JULIAN ASSANGE

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may well be someone totally unconcerned with personal hygiene, as some of those who’ve been in close proximity to him maintain. It’s neither here nor there for those of us keen to keep our distance from this strangely unsettling character, with his Mogadon manner and haughty self-righteousness. Yet there’s something distinctly odious about the way this […]

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