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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.

Mining the Tarkine – Tasmania’s resources bust

August 25, 2015 - 16:39 -- Admin

Situated in Tasmania’s north west, the Tarkine is a globally significant wilderness area containing extensive tracts of Gondwanan temperate rainforest. Although not designated as a National Park, or part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the area contains a wildly diverse landscape with rich plant and animal life including platypus, echidnas, wombats and the famous Tasmanian Devil.

My Thought For The Day

August 25, 2015 - 13:55 -- Admin

Every day on Facebook I post a ”Thought For The Day”. More often than not they evoke some genuine heartfelt responses. Here is an example from a regular reader of this blog. Stephen Tardrow:

‘There is nothing more destructive than the inability to forgive. Especially yourself’.

My thoughts and answer to John’s question:

Paying for promises

August 25, 2015 - 09:55 -- Admin

It seems obvious that Joe’s $25 billion promise to cut income tax was made in haste in the hope it could influence the Canning by election because he has no idea how he is going to pay for it – all he knows is that rich people pay too much tax. One wonders if Joe understands the concept of progressive taxation.