Dear Tony Abbott,
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
Ok, I’m not a dual citizen, so I’m pretty safe from the new laws going through Parliament. (I’d refer to them as “the new Bill”, but that sounds a bit like “the real Julia” and may start a whole conversation about how hopeless Bill Shorten is.
Tony Abbott came to power on a very clear platform.
He stands for small government.
The Allegiance to Australia Bill introduces an ingenious form of government control that we all should be concerned about, writes Eva Cripps.
AIMN reader Colin Price has a say:
Here is an angle to the Zaky Mallah/ABC circus that may not have been picked up on: By using the term “Heads Must Roll” at the ABC – Does Prime Minister Abbott intend to commit an act of terror against ABC Staffers by beheading them?
Of course that is not what he means literally, so why is OK for Tony Abbott to be making comments that can be taken out of context, but not someone such as Zaky Mallah?
Watching the Abbott government is like watching the rerun of a movie with the same script but worse actors.
Consider Howard in 2001 as he approached an election. The government had performed very badly in opinion polls and a series of by-elections throughout 2001, largely due to a slump in the dollar and loss of business confidence.
In her article ‘Good luck citizens, we’re on our own‘ Sally Baxter warned that:
Deep end or shallow, Australia’s data retention laws are a reminder that if you’re going to swim in the publishing pool at least know where the hidden objects lie.
As I flicked through the Murdoch Muckraker this morning, I spied a headline where I had difficulty deciding whether the sub-editor had a sense of irony, or no understanding of ambiguity:
TIME TO ACT ON ABC LYNCH MOB
With Labor rolling over on 3 pieces of important legislation in the last week, and the threat of an early election being sprung while Bill Shorten faces the royal commission into union corruption looking like a very real possibility, (news has come to hand that Liberal MPs have already begun putting corflutes up) Team Abbott is looking well placed for another term in office, much to our national disgrace.