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Australia siding with major international corporations at climate change talks

May 17, 2017 - 15:49 -- Admin

A cryptic reference in the New York Times today puts the Australian government on the side of big business in the continuing talks on the United Nations climate change agreement.The Times reports that developing nations and environmental groups are challenging some of the world’s biggest companies and wealthiest countries over the role corporate lobbyists play in United Nations climate

A little repetition - Leadership speculation gives back benchers a taste of importance

March 2, 2017 - 22:35 -- Admin

Understanding all the leadership speculation - No reason really to change this little item from 9 February 2012The devil finds mischief for idle hands and for most of their parliamentary life backbench politicians are essentially idle. Their only real role of importance comes when they are called on in the party room to vote on a new leader.The rest of the time they are treated with disdain by other participants in the political system.

There is more than one faction in the Liberal Party that can cause trouble for Malcolm Turnbull

March 2, 2017 - 21:36 -- Admin

The Owl gas got some sympathy for Malcolm Turnbull. It's a difficult job leading a government with a majority of one. Every backbench Tom, Dick and Harriet thinks they have the power of the blackmailer. Huff and puff and threaten to quit, or back someone else to replace you, unless they get their own way on some pet project or other.

Solving Tony Abbott"s boredom and income problem: He coulda been a publisher

February 27, 2017 - 12:47 -- Admin

The Owl drew attention recently to Tony Abbott's little problem of learning to live within the limits of a humble backbencher's income as an explanation of his apparent gunning for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Now, following Tony's recent critical outburst, others are suggesting that simple boredom of not having enough to do is the root cause of his hostility.