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EVERALD COMPTON RELATES HIS LONG AND PAINFUL JOURNEY Soon after John Howard became Prime Minister of Australia in 1996, I met him at Parliament in Canberra to outline my plan to build an Inland Railway. He agreed that it was … Continue reading

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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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Four Australian Icons under threat – no longer sacred, certain or permanent.

FLAG, ANZAC DAY, REEF, BUSH No longer is anything sacred or certain or permanent. Icons now have fleeting value and we are challenged either to defend them or create new ones that may adequately replace them. With this in mind, … Continue reading

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“Politics by the Book” – join me in debate on the value of politicians to the life of the nation.

It is fast becoming an essential building block of an aspirational political life to write a book about your career at a carefully chosen moment. By spinning your achievements, or arranging with a famous author to include you in a book, … Continue reading

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For whom the bell tolls – The last days of Rudd or Abbott or both.

Saturday will be a time of great personal relief for the vast majority of Australian voters. After the most painful and boring election of a lifetime, we will have made the decision that most of us would prefer not to … Continue reading

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