Category Archives: Government

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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THE ENDEAVOUR

American Marine Scientists have discovered the remains of the Endeavour, the fine old ship sailed by Captain James Cook on his voyage of discovery along the Eastern Seaboard of Australia in 1770. It lies at the bottom of the harbour … 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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TRUST FADES AWAY

The Royal Commission on Banking has stirred Australians to the very core of our being. It has convinced us that TRUST no longer exists in our nation. Our sense of security is severely diminished, particularly among Senior Australians. This is understandable as, once upon … Continue reading

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THE COMMON GOOD

Democracy is dead. Murdered by political, financial and religious ideology inflicted upon us by ‘leaders’ with closed minds who survive by divisively spreading fear and greed. It is time for a new world order called THE COMMON GOOD to take over. It … 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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ASSISTED DYING – A SIMPLE CHOICE

I am grateful for the gift of life that has been mine and I hope that I have managed to make a good contribution to the society in which I live. This being so, I don’t want to live if a time … Continue reading

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Future of Marriage

I voted YES because I do not believe that heterosexuals like me are finer human beings than homosexuals, nor are we entitled to any special privileges. So, I cheered mightily when YES won decisively and have now set out to play my part in healing the … 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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THE AUSTRALIAN WAY

Pauline Hanson, Tony Abbott and Cory Bernardi all say that they are totally committed to the defence of the Australian Way of life. But, they differ broadly when they endeavour to explain to us what it is they are defending. Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten … 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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