Category Archives: Elections

SHORTEN’S END

Twenty years ago, Trade Union legend Bill Ludwig introduced me to Bill Shorten, telling me that here was a young guy who was going places. Shorten and I met for coffee at Melbourne University where he was studying part time to … Continue reading

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AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY NEEDS A REFORMATION

Let us for the moment presume that Bill Shorten will become Prime Minister of Australia on Saturday evening. Once he settles into the job, I will seek a meeting with him to advocate a number of changes to the way … Continue reading

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INLAND RAILWAY- POLITICS OF DISASTER

Back in the days of his prime, Barnaby Joyce announced that the Coalition Government had allocated 9.5 billion dollars for the construction of the Inland Railway. He had demanded this from Malcolm Turnbull as the price for National Party cooperation at … Continue reading

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FULLY FRANKED MUST BE FRANK AND FAIR

It is beyond dispute that Bill Shorten is correct when he states that a cash refund of franking credits on investments should be claimed only by a taxpayer. What is in dispute is the timing and manner in which he intends to legislate changes to … Continue reading

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THE YEAR THAT NEVER WAS

2018 has been the most pointless of my 87 years. Nothing dreadful happened to me or Australia. It was just a boring time of decadent politics and absent ethics in which not one inspiring thing happened and there was much … Continue reading

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VALE LIBERALS FOREVER

For 75 years, the Liberal Party of Australia has been a respected and enduring institution of our nation which will be remembered kindly for many notable achievements. However, it is breathing its last and rigor mortis will set in very quickly and … Continue reading

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NO SAFE SEATS

We have reached a huge watershed in Australian political history. There is now no Member of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament who holds a safe seat, not one, no matter what their current majority may be, not even … Continue reading

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EGO defeats NOUS

When John Howard departed the political scene in 2007, there began an era of instability that has all but destroyed legitimate democracy in Australia. I am in my 87th year on this planet and I have never witnessed a more … Continue reading

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TRUMPED BY TRUMP

Donald Trump is the worst American President in my 86 years on Planet Earth. In all likelihood, he is the worst since George Washington kicked out the British. But, let me stop beating around the bush and admit that I utterly … Continue reading

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LET’S KILL WELFARE

It is unfortunate that the word ‘welfare’, which used to mean well-being, now implies that recipients are unfortunate people who need to be propped up by the rest of society, much to the anger of an increasing majority who resent … Continue reading

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GIANT REFERENDUM

I have never before in my 86 years encountered an era in which so many Australians are utterly disenchanted with, or distrusting of, politics. This means that there exists a once in a lifetime opportunity to make huge changes in the way Australia … Continue reading

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A FUTURE WITHOUT ADANI

We are led to believe that the economic future of North Queensland is utterly dependent upon the opening of the Adani Mine in the Galilee Basin. Without it, we are told that there will be massive unemployment and a general economic … Continue reading

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THE ADANI ELECTION

Queenslanders go to the polls on Saturday, 25 November, to elect a State Government. Ostensibly, it is a contest between Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tim Nicholls as to who will be Premier of the Queensland Parliament, It is absolutely not. The battle … Continue reading

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DEATH OF A PARLIAMENT

In my schooldays in the bush, the farmers around my little timber town often had the unpleasant task of putting down an animal that was in such bad shape that the most humane step was to end its existence. Last week, I … Continue reading

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Political Reformation

Bill Shorten has recommended to Malcolm Turnbull that they join together in a bi-partisan attempt to hold a Referendum on Constitutional Change which will enable the Australian Parliament to have four year fixed terms. To his credit, Turnbull has left the door open for further … Continue reading

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BARNABY or HANSON

The Angry Vote is growing throughout Australia and is doing so at an ever increasing pace as voters grow more and more disenchanted with a political establishment which is so appallingly out of touch with the aspirations of voters. Currently, Angry Voters … Continue reading

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THE MONEY MYTH

Controversy has raged around the five million dollars in salary and bonuses paid to the Chief Executive of Australia Post and the ridiculous manner in which those who were responsible tried to hide their stupidity. Clearly, there is something wrong when the CEO of … Continue reading

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THE YEAR THE MUSIC STOPPED

My end of year travels enabled me to take in some Christmas functions in Adelaide Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane. Inevitably, the conversations got to focus on the sad state of politics and a few facts became indelibly clear. Malcolm Turnbull has reached rock bottom and few … Continue reading

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PENSION WITHOUT POLITICS

At Budget time every year, and at every election, Australia’s Age Pensioners take an unwarranted political and social pounding. They are accused of being an intolerable burden on younger taxpayers who are concerned that most pensioners may be welfare cheats. The cynical aspect of … Continue reading

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THE TRUMP TRIUMPH

Donald Trump ran the smartest, most unorthodox election campaign I have ever seen and he won an astonishing victory. Hillary Clinton did the exact opposite. Her campaign was a stunning disaster that totally lacked political nous or any understanding of … Continue reading

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