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Memo from Nigel Hadgkiss: “Heads I win, Tails you lose”

December 3, 2017 - 16:42 -- Admin

By Terence Mills Remember Nigel Hadgkiss? He was the bloke that Michaelia Cash put in charge of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). It was the ABCC legislation that acted as the catalyst for last year’s Turnbull initiated double-dissolution election. Anyhow, it turned out that Nige’ – an ex copper – had been a…

Is Julie Bishop leadership material?

December 3, 2017 - 10:00 -- Admin

The media, prompted by the Nationals, far right conservatives and Kevin Rudd, have decided that Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership must end. But who might replace him? The polls say Julie Bishop but they are, I suspect, heavily swayed by left wing voters aghast at the other alternatives. Does she deserve this support? Ms Bishop is articulate,…

Problems! What problems?

December 3, 2017 - 09:30 -- Admin

By Shane Crocker Bill Shorten’s problem: Sam Dastyari Malcolm Turnbull’s problems: John Barilaro Barnaby Joyce Dual citizenship crisis SSM backlash from backbenchers Tony Abbott Cory Bernardi Banking Royal Commission George Christiansen Penalty rates revolt Cabinet leaks Chinese donations Nationals revolt Backbenchers National Energy Guarantee National Broadband Network Submarine contract Cabinet disunity Australian manufacturing Peter Dutton…

Who killed Cock Robin?

December 2, 2017 - 14:44 -- Admin

I read that opening stanza of the old rhyme as a metaphor of the continued and repeated frustrated human progress toward social advancement. It is the most disappointing certainty that as soon as the human collective gets its act together ‘on a roll’ and starts to achieve really useful advances in all things supportive and…

Democracy in Chains

December 2, 2017 - 13:45 -- Admin

By Max Ogden Book Review: Democracy in Chains (by Nancy MacLean) I have rarely accepted conspiracies, which are often embraced too readily. What often appears as a conspiracy is usually a stuff up, or a group or a class, acting in the way one would expect. I have changed somewhat after reading “Democracy in Chains” – “The Deep History of the Radical…

Banks! You’re Welcome Says Malcolm!

December 2, 2017 - 09:36 -- Admin

After rejecting a Royal Commission for years, the current PM announced one last week. While many are calling this a backflip, the Liberals themselves are preferring to call it facing reality, which many commentators see as even bigger departure from the government’s previous position. But, Mr Turnbull himself told us: “Government policy remains the same until…