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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2014 - 09:53 -- Admin

Last year Carol and I spent Christmas in the United States where we were showered with season’s greetings – the Americans are a friendly people – but it wasn’t the customary “Merry Christmas” we are familiar with in Australia, instead, it was “Happy holidays”. “Merry Christmas” is no longer considered politically correct. “Happy holidays” is now proper.

I’ve noticed that here in Australia “Happy holidays” is also starting to gain momentum.

A Short Christmas Story With No Reference To Abbott, Terrorism or Politics!

December 24, 2014 - 08:37 -- Admin



“And the woman and kid are with you?”


“Reason for crossing the border into Egypt?”

“King Herod is killing all the recently born children in the land.”

“So there’s no actual direct threat to you or your wife?”

“No, but the child…”

“We’ll get to the child. I’m just establishing that there’s no reason for you two to come.”

OK, Mr Abbott, now tell us the truth

December 23, 2014 - 22:13 -- Admin

Is Tony Abbott concerned about some of the real problems in our society, asks Ray Borradale.

Mr Abbott, how much would it cost to provide effectively adequate numbers of police resources, jails, mental health institutions and necessary support services to deal with Australia’s escalating violent crimes, including but not limited to child abuse and domestic violence? What would it cost without diminishing any other government responsibility?

Scott’s new targets

December 23, 2014 - 12:16 -- Admin

In October, Labor voted to pass nearly $3 billion in budget savings with revised welfare legislation which will see Family payments cut and young people on a disability support pension will have their cases reviewed.

The laws will:

The Tumbril of State rattles on . . .

December 23, 2014 - 11:20 -- Admin

If you’re a regular reader of, or contributor to The AIMN, right now you’re probably warming your tootsies by the Yuletide log of Schardenfreude as the Coalition reels in disarray.

The polls are plummeting, the back-bench is in foment while the front bench are preening and fighting amongst themselves like Kilkenny cats.

The Ship of Fools

December 23, 2014 - 09:31 -- Admin

If you think the government was taking us towards social and economic disasters prior to the recent Cabinet reshuffle, well you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, writes Ricky Pann.

The new threat to Australia is not the boat people nor the terrorists, it’s now the unemployed and those on welfare.

We are an unforgiving lot, Tony

December 22, 2014 - 14:39 -- Admin

One of the really big issues Australia faces is the apparent disillusionment with the political process. In the last election 3,000,000 people decided not to vote. Why? My guess is that they were sick of Labor’s infighting and detached from anything Tony Abbott had on offer.