The impartiality of a Royal Commissioner must be beyond reproach. Dyson Heyden heads the Royal Commission into Trade Unions. It has been disclosed that he was to be a speaker at a Liberal Party fund raiser bringing his impartiality into grave doubt. He has no choice but to resign and wind up the Commission.
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There are telling signs for Australia not to antagonize China, writes Dr Strobe Driver, and the suggestion that Australia should consider hosting bases with US forces will only antagonize them further.
Beginning this by saying that I think that same sex marriage is NOT what we should be discussing, and then immediately talking about same sex marriage may make some of you think that I’m inconsistent enough to be Tony Abbott.
By Paul G Dellit
How many of you remember Candice Bergen in the role of Murphy Brown? Yep. Most of you, as I thought. Okay . . . So how many of you remember the writers of the show? I thought so.
Now, aside from David and Margaret et al of that specialisation, how many of you know anything about Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen? Well then, go and ask your grandparents.
Let us call it how it is. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a homophobe.
Homophobe, as defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
“A person who hates or is afraid of homosexuals or treats them badly”.
Let’s just analyse that definition in the context of Abbott’s behaviour, language and actions.
By opposing same sex marriage, Tony Abbott has reinforced the notion that homosexuality is “queer” – that members of the LGBTI community are a threat to our society.
By indefinitely incarcerating asylum seekers in offshore detention camps he has reinforced the idea that refugees are not victims but criminals who pose another threat to our society.
Malcolm Turnbull will only get one likely chance to be Prime Minister, and that chance could be offered to him within days.
Both Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have laid down his challenge.
Two notable outcomes resulted from the Coalition’s six and a half hour joint party room meeting called to debate the legalising of same-sex marriage last night. The obvious outcome is that there will be no legal same-sex marriage on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s watch, and that should surprise no one, remembering how Abbott once famously remarked that he felt “threatened” by gays.
By Vanessa Kairies
Is Tony really a good Catholic? I often wonder how he sleeps at night, because there is such hypocrisy between his attitude and policies towards asylum seekers and the morals and principles of Catholicism.
When Hugh Stretton, one of Australia’s great public intellectuals, died last month aged 91, I was moved to re-read one of the first books he wrote* – Ideas for Australian Cities. This book, published in 1970 was so unusual that he couldn’t find an academic publisher for it, so he published it himself. At the time, I found it one of the most important books I’d read, one that changed my way of looking at cities. So what do I think of it forty-five years later?