I am caught in an ethical dilemma. On the one hand I tend to agree with John Howard who was totality against Royal Commissions for political purposes. I think he said they were likely to come back and bite you on the bum.
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
The Abbott government’s insistence on secrecy regarding boats carrying asylum seekers has been justified as “not wanting to act as a news service for people smugglers.” We can’t tell them our tactics even though the size of our army and details of its weapons, the number and capability of naval ships and air force planes are widely publicised and reports and photos of towbacks and orange life rafts are all over the Indonesian press.
By Keith Davis
They sit on park benches catching a few rays, and we walk straight past them. They lounge on benches in our shopping malls, and we walk straight past them. They fumble their cards a bit at the ATM, and we sigh with impatience, and then walk straight past them. We treat them as though they do not exist.
Well, yet again I’ve let a member of the Abbott Government distract me from what I was intending to write about. I was going to write about the roundtable on climate change which the ABC calls “an unprecedented alliance of business, union, environmental, investor and welfare groups” and The Guardian refers to as “an unprecedented alliance of business, welfare and environmental groups and trade unions”…
Dr Strobe Driver examines the deeper components of terrorism and the regretful ‘heads should roll’ issue being popularised by the Prime Minister.
‘Heads should roll’
One of Tony Abbott’s first acts as Prime Minister was to buy (have taxpayers buy) bombproof luxury cars for himself. Considering Julia Gillard rode around in a Holden, this move by Abbott was not a reaction to anything that had happened or was happening, this was done in full knowledge of what was to come – what Abbott was about to create.
In the lead up to the last election, the vast majority of voters indicated the economy was the most important issue. There is no doubt the supposed debt crisis had an impact on the electorate when it cast its vote, even though the Coalition was embarrassingly wrong on the issue.
While many Australians are also celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the United States, they are appalled that our own government treats this as an issue they consider irrelevant to our society, writes Paul McMahon.
Dear Tony Abbott,
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.