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Care about out democracy? Read this & spread the word

Care about out democracy? Read this & spread the word

If you are only going to read one thing about how Australia’s federal Parliament works – and more importantly how it doesn’t work – read this fabulous piece by the long-standing Clerk of the Senate, Harry Evans. Among many things, he highlights the fact that the supposed ‘Westminster system’ we are repeatedly told Australia has, […]

The Last Democrat?

The Last Democrat?

The membership of the South Australian Democrats have made their choice to fill the Upper House vacancy caused by the retirement of the party’s sole remaining MP.  The vacancy is being filled by David Winderlich. 

What should be done about those deported to danger/death?

What should be done about those deported to danger/death?

SBS TV screened a documentary tonight which detailed efforts by Phil Glendenning from the Edmund Rice Centre to track what happened to some of the asylum seekers deported by the Australian government earlier this decade – many after prolonged pressure and imprisonment in detention centres in Nauru and Australia.  Glendenning reckons that they’ve documented the deaths […]

Denying personal change for climate change

Denying personal change for climate change

Melbourne based blogger Andrew Norton was the first person I saw use the term ‘the real greenhouse denialists’ to describe people who accept the scientific arguments about climate change, but still aren’t prepared to try to make the major changes to their own lifestyles that would be necessary to meet the required emission levels. I think […]

Move back to 3 year terms?

Move back to 3 year terms?

The widespread derision being heaped on the New South Wales state government has led many people to bemoan the fact that the next election will not be until March 2011. A surprisingly large number of people also make a related complaint that this is due to New South Wales having fixed terms, and somehow if […]

The Green Party: political prospects & progress

The Green Party: political prospects & progress

There has been a recent run of fairly good results for the Greens in a range of polls at state and territory level, including their best ever result in the ACT where they will determine who forms government (though they have been in that position before). This has led to a run of commentary pieces […]

PM should use the forum of Parliament as well as TV

PM should use the forum of Parliament as well as TV

It is fair enough for the Prime Minister to use the forum of Sunday night commercial television to get his message out to people about his views and actions on the global financial crisis.  It is reasonable for any politician to use any means at their disposal to try to inform people about what they are […]

Tanner matches words with action (through more words)

Tanner matches words with action (through more words)

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner was “in the early stages of organising a trial government blog. The purpose of the experiment will be to explore the possibilities for government participation in blogging.” To his credit, Mr Tanner is following through with the same notion of using online forums to encourage […]

Peter Costello denies his own superannuation legacy

Peter Costello denies his own superannuation legacy

Peter Costello’s latest contribution to public debate makes me wonder once again why it is he is (or was) seen as leadership material by so many of his colleagues. His assertion in The Australian today that the former government never encouraged people to invest extra money into superannuation is quite extraordinary, even by his recent […]

Give Petro a go!

Give Petro a go!

Give Petro a go! I’ve been pondering the possible makeup of Malcolm Turnbull’s new shadow ministry (likely to be announced on Sunday), looking at who is in it at the moment, who could be dropped and who would be good to promote. Although the need to minimise internal unrest probably means there won’t be a huge […]