“We want to send a very clear message that we want you in work when you are job-ready, that you don’t have the option of walking from the school gate to the front door of the Centrelink office. This document is not an Ikea catalogue to go shopping for benefits. That’s not what it is. What this is is a schedule of benefits and payments that are there to help people in need and who need that help from the Australian taxpayer.”
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
Saturday May 23
“Love has No Gender”
Irish voters appear to have voted heavily in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.
Whatever the outcome of Bill Shorten’s surprise move this week, he has caught Tony Abbott on the hop and executed one very successful wedge. Nice one, Bill.
Few things in life give me greater cause for optimism than those light bulb moments when you finally get your stubborn head around an evidently simple concept. Whether it’s a diagnosing an electrical fault or learning how to gently drop a stylus into a record groove, the delicate art of reverse parallel parking or simply riding a bicycle, human capacity for learning never ceases to amaze me. We learn new ideas every day.
Ok, this could be a very long post, but I suspect that I’m just going to make it short because if I wrote down all my thoughts it could become longer than “War and Peace”… the very long novel by Tolstoy, as opposed to the situation in Iraq.
Mm, actually the novel by Tolstoy isn’t really long by comparison…
By Phillip Deery
In the torrent of tributes for Gough Whitlam after his death in October 2014, it is easy to forget the rancour and bitterness surrounding his ascent to the leadership of the federal parliamentary Labor Party. He was elected leader at a caucus meeting in February 1967 after Arthur Calwell, having lost three federal elections and now aged 70, decided he would step down.
With Tony Abbott keen to make superannuation an election issue and a point of differentiation between the parties, it is worth revisiting the Coalition’s record.
Marriage equality forms part of a broader discussion about equality generally. Equality of opportunity in the work place. Equality in access to education. Equality for women all form part of it.
When Ireland voted so overwhelmingly in support of marriage equality it triggered in this country an avalanche of public opinion that politicians could not ignore.
By Ross Sharp
If Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten has a fire in his belly, it’s stuck on reheat and he’s warming up last week’s mouldy scones again.