Category Archives: Elections

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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Goodbye Menzies

The great political party, The Liberals, formed by Robert Menzies seven decades ago, is in its death throes. It has been assassinated by right wing zealots, none of whom would have ever been welcomed into its ranks by Australia’s longest serving Prime … Continue reading

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THE PURSUIT OF POWER

Malcolm Turnbull has won the 2016 Australian Election. He got there by the skin of his teeth, but no one can dispute that he is entitled to form a government. Now, he has to make it all work for the good … Continue reading

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THE POLITICAL DISCONNECT

On election eve, I have belatedly come to the reluctant conclusion that politicians and voters actually live in totally different worlds which are light years apart. In reality, the gap between people and the political establishment is huge, so much so that … Continue reading

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DEATH OF MAJORITY GOVERNMENTS

The Australian Election of 2016 will result in a Hung Parliament in both Houses. This political deadlock will be profound, significant and long term, causing a long awaited upheaval in the structure of political parties. A majority of the population will be … Continue reading

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D-DAY FOR THE AGE PENSION

It is an indisputable fact that pensioners in Australia have been underpaid for more than a century. Nevertheless, little mention of it is being made in the Australian Election of 2016. In truth, there is a defining silence surrounding it … Continue reading

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TAX CUTS & POLITICAL SUICIDE

I respect Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison. They are intelligent, astute Parliamentarians. This makes it difficult for me to understand why they have made tax cuts the cornerstone of their election campaign. They appear to believe that such cuts will stimulate economic … Continue reading

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TAMING THE NORTH

I have been a voter since 1952 and, at every election since then, there has been someone, either a Prime Minister or an Opposition Leader or an aspiring MP, who has seriously threatened to develop Northern Australia. Sadly, I still … Continue reading

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THE WINDSOR KNOT

Tony Windsor has made a decision that will change the political culture of Australia and instigate a long era of minority governments. He will challenge Barnaby Joyce for the Seat of New England in the 2016 Federal Election and he … Continue reading

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DEATH OF THE ESTABLISHMENT

In recent weeks, I have watched with acute embarrassment the appalling spectacle of Bill Shorten scaring the hell out of us about a possible increase in the GST and Malcolm Turnbull doing likewise with Negative Gearing. They treated us all as … Continue reading

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Iowa sends message to Australia

I have been an avid student of politics all my life, with American Presidential Elections always having a special fascination. My first experience of it was in 1940 when I was just 9 years old. I clearly remember sitting by … Continue reading

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2016 – Turnbull year of destiny

My holiday reading included a very readable book called Born to Rule, an unauthorised biography of Malcolm Turnbull by veteran journalist Paddy Manning. I enjoyed it immensely. Paddy makes it clear he is not a Turnbull fan, but he treats … Continue reading

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The Remains of a Year of Tumult

I have been around for 84 years, none of them ever boring, but 2015 has been a corker. Happily, the two most incompetent political leaders of my era were removed from power – Tony Abbott in Canberra and Campbell Newman … Continue reading

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