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In Defence Of Bronwyn Bishop

July 17, 2015 - 09:02 -- Admin

Now, Ms Bishop has been getting a lot of bad press lately over her decision to save time by travelling by helicopter, when a chauffeur driven limonsine would have only taken her a mere fifteen minutes longer. Some people have even been comparing her to Peter Sllipper who was charged with fraud over his trips to some wineries. While this was overturned on appeal, there is a big difference between Mr Slipper’s actions and Ms Bishop’s.

I want a government that governs for 23 million Australians

July 16, 2015 - 22:38 -- Admin

I want a government that governs for 23 million Australians.

Not for some greedy, aging expatriate billionaire who looks at his country of birth as nothing more than a profit centre.

Not for some disgustingly rich mining mogul who wants workers to be paid $2 an hour.

Not for an Indian mining billionaire that nobody has ever heard of who wants to tear up our heritage-listed treasures.

Not for the Church.

“This is the kind of fortnight Tony Abbott likes to have”

July 16, 2015 - 17:59 -- Admin

Reproducing emails from the Labor Party is becoming quite a habit of mine. At times I’ve been critical of their messages – such as when they think that signing a petition is going to change the government’s mind on whatever – and at other times I’ve been quite happy to help spread their message.

Their latest email – from George Wright (ALP Campaign Director) – is one worth spreading.

White Supremacist says Ms. Hanson is misunderstood

July 16, 2015 - 01:29 -- Admin

The Reclaim Australia Movement is conducting a rally in my home town of Rockhampton and Pauline Hanson will be the guest speaker at the event.

In our local newspaper (The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin) and local groups on Facebook, there has been commentary regarding this event. Reclaim Australia purport that it is not a racist event, but inclusive of everyone.

Youth Votes Matter

July 15, 2015 - 17:02 -- Admin

Is voting compulsory?

Yes, under federal electoral law, it is compulsory for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.

Compulsory voting means that every eligible Australian citizen (18 years or older) is required by law to enrol and vote.

German Euros and Greek Euros: Are They Really The Same?

July 15, 2015 - 15:39 -- Admin

By Peter Martin

Just like the US dollar, the euro is a single currency which is shared by 19 countries of the European Union.

That’s the official fiction. If the powers-that-be in the EU had really wanted it that way they could have had it that way. They would have needed only one central bank. There would have been one design for each of the various banknotes and one design for each type of coin.

A Government Is Not A Business, Repeat A Government Is NOT A Business

July 15, 2015 - 09:02 -- Admin

“Both the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court have operated at a loss for a number of years. ”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 15th July, 2015

If you run a public listed company, you have an obligation to try and maximise the return to shareholders. Of course, there are legal and moral qualifications for this, but basically, companies listed on the stock exchange exist to make a profit.

Q&A and a boy’s question

July 15, 2015 - 06:36 -- Admin

Yesterday, on ABC radio I listened with great interest to an interview with the father of 10 year old Ashton Platt who put a question to Tony Abbott on Q&A Monday night. “What a father”, I thought. What a family that would watch together, a program such as this and openly discuss the issues. Did they boy write the question?