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Clever compassion builds national well-being

August 27, 2015 - 14:30 -- Admin

By Jane Salmon

Last week a rough sleeper died out in the open of sheer cold. She was younger than me. She died in a blue ribbon Liberal voting electorate on the North Shore of Sydney, an area containing some of the wealthiest Aussies in the country. The value of Parliamentarian expenses (rorts) on that particular day would probably have kept her warm and fed for half a year at least.

The ARM Finds New Life with Peter FitzSimons

August 27, 2015 - 06:29 -- Admin

On Wednesday 26 August it was my good fortune to hear Peter FitzSimons give an address on the subject of an Australian Republic. He has recently been appointed as head of the Australian Republic Movement (ARM). It was an amusing, forthright and passionate speech.

Because I worked diligently with the Malcolm Turnbull led ARM in 1999 I was interested in how reinvigorated the movement had become.

The Republic debate is back: Is this Hockey’s ‘Marriage Equality’?

August 26, 2015 - 20:38 -- Admin

Joe Hockey – along with Peter FitzSimons (head of the Australian Republican Movement) and Labor Senator Katy Gallagher – announced today that they are putting the Republic back on the table for discussion. At a time when Hockey is struggling for popularity, and when even dangling tax cuts before people isn’t winning him any votes, a cynical person might wonder if this is Hockey’s attempt to get back behind a barrow that others will be happy to push along with him.

The AIMN interviews with Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale (hopefully), You ask the Questions

August 26, 2015 - 13:02 -- Admin

How often have you seen the pundits and political professionals interview our politicians and it leaves you wanting to throw things at the TV screen – “No, don’t ask that! Ask something we care about!”. With Australia facing a possible Federal election within the next 12 months, it is time to ask the party leaders the questions You want answers to.

The Governance Report

August 26, 2015 - 11:10 -- Admin

“You cannot believe in democracy and at the same time expect that the party you support is the only one that should ever win”.

What can you expect then, if your team doesn’t win? You won’t be happy and you know in your heart that the new government will do things that you disagree with. And it has every right to do so.

I have a general view of government that goes something like this.