Throughout history, cafés and coffeehouses have been instrumental in political and commercial activity. So what does it mean when you can't find good coffee in Canberra?
Crikey work experience kid Ruby Krupka writes: Teenagers aren’t generally very political people, and I know this because I am one. I like to think I’m worldly, but in reality I am incredibly self-absorbed. However, politics have recently started having an impact on my world and I’ve found myself swept up in all things political. […]
Yesterday afternoon Senator Steve Fielding presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: I have always loved listening to stories. I love sitting around a campfire with my kids and telling them stories of my own childhood, growing up in a large family of 16 children. There is something about a story that allows others to […]
Yesterday afternoon Senator Annette Hurley presented her valedictory speech to the Senate: It was hard work for me to get into the Labor Party. It took me six months to join the New South Wales branch in the early eighties. My flatmate and I were living in Petersham and did not realise that the impending […]
Yesterday afternoon Senator Steve Hutchins presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: Cleaver Elliott, the then Deputy Clerk of the Senate, when asked what is a senator’s most important speech, said ‘It is the last, not the first, as it is a chance to speak to the future.’ My last speech is to be just […]
Yesterday afternoon Senator Julian McGauran presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: McGauran: Mr President, I ask for the suspension of standing order 187—speeches not to be read! The President: Proceed, Senator McGauran. I am looking forward to your speech. McGauran: Mr President and Senators, now that my hour has come to give my final […]
Yesterday afternoon Senator Alan Ferguson presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: The President: Before I call Senator Ferguson, I table volume 16 of Rulings of the President of the Senate, which covers Senator Ferguson’s time as president. Ferguson: Thank you, Mr President. That will probably be the shortest book in history! It gives me […]
Yesterday afternoon Senator Nick Minchin presented his valedictory speech to the Senate: The 30th of June will, in my case, bring to an end not just 18 years in the Senate but 32 years of full-time involvement in politics. Unusually for the conservative side of politics, I have spent virtually all my working life serving […]
The office Kris Kringle is typically a kringe-worthy affair -- but if you think you've got it tough, spare a thought for the poor bastards at Capital Hill. But never fear, Crikey is here, armed with gift suggestions for the a few parliamentarian pressies.
Cardinal George Pell is worried about it, but almost everyone has accepted the inevitability of a Greens balance of power in the senate following the election. But what would this peculiar shade of green really look like post-election.