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Increasing the Superannuation Guarantee would be a smart move

May 25, 2018 - 10:26 -- Admin

Nothing exemplifies better how totally lacking in judgement the Coalition is than the superannuation saga. (Ok, maybe their determination to exacerbate climate change, but that’s another story albeit very similar in its short-sighted ignorance.) In the brief moments between discussing dual citizenship and Gestapotato’s latest bid to make us all scared, they sometimes remember we…

Day to Day Politics: The Coalition is like Trump. A controversy every day

May 25, 2018 - 06:00 -- Admin

Friday 25 May 2018 I’m having one of those days where I’m relaxing, going over all those things that I haven’t got around to reading since my week away from the keyboard. As I’m catching up on things that friends have sent me, articles outside the mainstream, and other bits and pieces, it occurred to me…

Australia’s China Syndrome

May 23, 2018 - 18:26 -- Admin

Syndromes can make for cringe-worthy, nervous laughter. To see the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, struggle with reconciling China the bully of influence with China the resource hungry friend supplied the press with one such spectacle on Tuesday morning. Larded with suffocating clichés, Turnbull could speak of the greatest multicultural society on earth (forget the…

Aw C’mon, Get Up! Change the Rules

May 23, 2018 - 15:53 -- Admin

By Kyran O’Dwyer Never before have we been in this situation. Of course, we have had bad governments before. But never like this. We have had governments that are ‘out of touch’ before, seeming to act contrary to public opinion. Remember Vietnam and, more recently, Iraq wars? Public rallies were held and hundreds of thousands…

Dodgy dealings

May 23, 2018 - 11:56 -- Admin

Tony Abbott promised a government that would be transparent and accountable.  Malcolm Turnbull promised to respect the intelligence of the electorate.  But increasingly, we are seeing a government who is a law unto themselves, a government who seems to view Treasury as their private piggy bank to use as they see fit, a government that…

Day to Day Politics: Can you trust them? Pauline and the polls?

May 23, 2018 - 06:00 -- Admin

Wednesday 23 May 2018 I regret having to break my promise that I would never mention polls again and without sounding alarmist today’s latest Guardian Essential poll has the party’s at 51/49 in favour of Labor. I did say a few months back, when the figures were bouncing at trampoline heights for Labor, that we couldn’t take…

Tony Abbott On Twitter Where He Demonstrates His Capacity To Twit

May 22, 2018 - 15:58 -- Admin

“AGL is a business acting against the national interest. Of course AGL want to shut down Liddell because it’s a source of cheap power and they want all of us to pay more so their shareholders can get higher profits.” Tony Abbott Rossleigh: Tony Abbott wasn’t available, but I’ve managed to track down a spokesperson…

Tom Wolfe, the Parajournalist

May 22, 2018 - 14:44 -- Admin

As is the nature of his creepy totality, President Donald Trump has a habit of suffusing the obituaries of the famous and pampered. Tom Wolfe, it is said by such figures as Maggie Haberman in The New York Times, conceived of Trump as a formidable figure before Trump himself came to prominence. The point is…