Hate Mail To Pro Gay Marriage MPs

The Sydney Morning Herald breathlessly reports that members of Federal Parliament who are supporters of gay marriage have been receiving hate mail. Greens MP Adam Brandt claimed some of the mail he had received was vitriolic and said “The attacks and homophobia we have all experienced on Twitter, Facebook and the street will not deter us …

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On The Persistent Promulgation Of Platitudes

It is a tad disappointing that church leaders trot out the same bland comments about illegal immigrants year after year. You might hope that if all they can up with is platitudes, they could at least try to find some new ones. But no. This year, yet again, we heard that Jesus was a refugee, and that …

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A Government That Does Nothing

Or at least, a government that does very little, would be a pleasant change. Evidence suggests that the more government does, the worse off people are. The problem with the Gillard government is not that is has accomplished nothing. The problem is that it has accomplished nothing at such great expense.

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Julia and the Toddler Team

Julia’s toddler team is certainly entertaining. Australian politics have not been so interesting since the days of Joh and Russ. Of course, ‘May you live in interesting times’ is a well known curse, and this government has certainly been a curse for Australia. This afternoon Julia sabotaged Question Time by simply getting up and leaving. Another thirty …

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Julia’s Advice to Michael Clarke

Well, I guess that’s what she was trying to do; offer advice to the Australian cricket team as they prepare to face Bangladesh in Dhaka. That’s the trouble with Julia – you have to guess what she is trying to do. Partly because the outcomes she achieves never seem to match her stated intentions. We’ll …

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A Letter to Andrew Wilkie

Dear Mr Wilkie, I have been disappointed by your claims of racism in the Liberal party. As far as I am aware, no Liberal or National Party member of Federal Parliament has made disparaging claims or remarks about any group or person on the basis of race. Some members of the Liberal Party have expressed …

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Same Old Bogeyman

Ron Burgess at Business Spectator describes Australian uber-alarmist Flim Flannery as ‘Labor’s new bogeyman. I am not sure in what sense Flannery or his message are new. He has been constantly, amusingly wrong, but at least he has been consistent. Ron says he doubts that Australian politicians, even those most stridently in the AGW (warming) camp, really believe …

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Clem 7 Tunnel Farce – Just Like the NBN

OK, so Brisbane needs better traffic systems. But this absurdly expensive, oversold, poorly researched, underused tunnel? The Clem 7 tunnel would never have been built if actual costs and usage had been known beforehand. RiverCity is carrying $1.3 billion in debt and wrote down its $1.56 billion of assets to $258 million at June 30 last …

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Historic Health Reforms?

Right up there with the great moral challenge of our time. Having a single government funder of health services would help to prevent some of the bickering between Sate and federal governments, and reduce some of the cost of bureacratic oversight in health service delivery. So more money could be spent on actual medical care. …

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Sophie Mirabella

Sophie Mirabella is one of my favourite Australian politicians. She is hard working, honest and intelligent – a possible future Prime Minister, and one who would be vastly more effective, in part because she has vastly more integrity, than the present incumbent. Ben-Peter Terpstra calls her a Greek goddess in comments on the Australian Conservative website on …

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Julia Mark IV

Julia Gillard wants to redefine Labor’s heart, promising to dump the culture of spin that marred Kevin Rudd’s leadership, demanding fresh ideas from her MPs and promising to keep her door open to her colleagues. The spin that marred Kevin Rudd’s leadership? Ha, ha, ha. The woman’s got a hide like a rhinoceros. Julia Mark …

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What The Heck?

The blighters were just playing games when they checked Tony Crook’s intentions. What was the point of that? Just to prove that they are the big boys now? No one in the playground is going to push them around, cause it’s their turn to do the pushing? Based on their performance over the last week, these …

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Tony Needs To Toughen Up

Brandt has signed up with Labor after Bob Brown was promised a carbon tax. Wilkie has signed up with Labor after he was promised a renovated hospital in Hobart. Tony Abbott now needs to be absolutely clear about three things. Firstly, the Liberal party will not be buying votes. It will not be making infrastructure …

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Election Musings

The Australian Electoral Commission has declared Brisbane for the Liberals. That leaves only Hasluck and Corangamite in doubt. Both still too close to call. But in Hasluck, Family First, Christian Democratic Party and Climate Sceptic preferences will all go strongly to the Liberals. That, along with the fact that postal and absentee votes tend to favour the …

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