Tag Archives: Julia Gillard

WAYNE SWAN. Coalition energy policy.

It’s a lost decade we couldn’t afford on climate change and energy policy – but when the consequences are felt in years and decades to come, it’s incumbent upon us all not to forget the political opportunists and charlatans who … Continue reading

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RICHARD BUTLER. Julie and Julia in the Promised Land

Australia’s position on Israel’s policy of building settlements in occupied Palestinian land is contrary to that of a clear majority of countries. It is driven by domestic political calculations, by both sides of Australian politics. Foreign Minister Bishop’s unnecessary public … Continue reading

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We should expect more.

In this article in The Guardian, Richard Flanagan, the Booker Prize winner, refers to the increasing ugliness in Australian public life.  He says ‘Writing my novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” I came to conclude that great crimes … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott’s negotiating skills.

With the unpredictable and confusing state of the new Senate, Tony Abbott will have his negotiating skills tested. So far negotiating skills have not been part of his political success. Thanks to the Palmer United Party and five other  cross-benchers … Continue reading

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Julia Gillard’s greatest failure. John Menadue

The Prime Minister’s greatest failure is her refusal to lead the reform of the structure of the ALP. That structure is controlled by a handful of faction and union bosses like Paul Howes. In return for protecting their positions, they … Continue reading

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Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, deserves respect. Guest blogger: Chris Geraghty

The leader of the opposition addressing a protest crowd in Canberra and a team of colleagues all standing in front of a large sign – “DITCH THE WITCH” Anthony Abbott continuing to grace the commercial radio station and be softly … Continue reading

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Fear and Trust. Guest blogger: Michael Kelly SJ

It was Arthur Augustus Calwell, Federal Leader of the Australian Labor Party before Gough Whitlam, who believed that fear was the most potent political weapon. He ought to know: he lost three elections because of it. The political correlative to … Continue reading

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