Tag Archives: Tony Abbott

IAN McAULEY. South Australia’s Electricity Problems: Jay Weatherill Should Follow The Coalition’s Example

Spare a thought for the people of South Australia. Large parts of Adelaide blacked out for up to 18 hours without notice. Trams stopped in their tracks across busy intersections. A bitter and partisan debate in state parliament about responsibility … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Scratching to find an alternative to Malcolm Turnbull.

A corner has been turned, a bridge has been crossed, a line has been drawn. Australian politics has changed: the idea that Malcolm Turnbull could be replaced as Liberal leader is no longer unthinkable.  

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. The Abbott geyser.

Unless Malcolm Turnbull is prepared to take the pretender front on, to attempt to blow him away in the manner he is trying to dispose of Shorten, he will continue to cop the wrecking, sniping and undermining that Abbott is … Continue reading

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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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JOHN MENADUE. Cruelty and evil have become banal

  Malcolm Turnbull told the UN that our treatment of refugees is world’s best practice. Only a guilty conscience could allow such self deception. In her book ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’, published in 1963, Hannah Arendt refers to the ‘banality of … Continue reading

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MICHAEL KELLY SJ. Winners are grinners – asylum seekers in Bangkok.

  In the great race of life, it’s well to savor the few winners you back. Such was my experience last week. For some years, I’ve been helping a small group of asylum seekers survive against the odds in Bangkok. … Continue reading

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Murdoch takes Abbott as his guest to President’s banquet in US.

According to a report on Media Watch on 8 February, Rupert Murdoch brought Tony Abbott as his guest at a banquet in Washington which President Obama attended. Several of the Murdoch papers in Australia suggested that this was a personal … Continue reading

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Ian McAuley. The only unifying thread in the Liberal Party is a compulsion to keep Labor out of office.

There is a German saying “The less the people know about how laws and sausages are made, the better they sleep at night”. In his book Credlin & Co (Black Inc 2016), an exposé of the political relationship between Tony … Continue reading

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David Combe. Tony Abbott’s soul-mate has gone.

After the second longest campaign in Canadian history – 11 weeks – finally Federal Election Day for Canadians had arrived on Monday, October 19. When I was moving to Canada 30 years ago, Gough Whitlam said to me that “There … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Turnbull and Abbott

Bill Shorten aside, most Australians will welcome our new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. He offers a more rational, humane and consultative style of leadership. His main problem will be how to reconcile his own progressive views on such issues as … Continue reading

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Dennis Altman. Two years in – even supporters despair of Abbott’s feeble government.

The Abbott government marks its two-year anniversary of winning office today, September 7. I was tempted to begin by claiming that Tony Abbott has established himself as one of Australia’s more successful prime ministers, but I struggled to find a … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Saving lives at sea!

To justify its harsh refugee policies, the government has been telling us that their policies are designed to save lives at sea. What hypocrisy! And only last week we saw at the ALP Federal Conference, former Labor ministers justifying their … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Liberal Party misuse of Royal Commissions.

Dyson Heydon is in the news again.  Several weeks ago he appeared to question the credibility of Bill Shorten as a witness before the Trade Union Royal Commission. He also had unusual things to say about the credibility of Julia … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Parliamentary reform and the new Speaker.

In my post of 12 May this year ‘Democratic renewal and our loss of trust in institutions’, I wrote about our loss of trust in so many institutions including our parliament and political parties. If Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten … Continue reading

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Warwick Elsche. Bronwyn, the captain’s pick.

The loss of Bronwyn Bishop from the role of Speaker in the Federal Parliament is a blow to the Abbott Government. Bishop was not the least talented in a Government which – despite the supposed neutrality of the office – … Continue reading

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John Menadue. A graph on boat arrivals for lazy journalists.

I have reposted below an article I wrote on 8 December last year pointing out that Tony Abbott did not stop the boats. But the debate proceeds, assisted by journalists who still claim that Tony Abbott stopped the boats. He … Continue reading

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Ian McAuley. The ABC and a second chance.

Current Affairs Most reasonable people would be fully behind Mark Scott’s spirited defence of the ABC “as a public broadcaster, not a state broadcaster”, reminding us that “at times, free speech principles mean giving platforms to those with whom we … Continue reading

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Wiryono Sastrohandoyo. Getting the Australia-Indonesia relationship back on track.

John Menadue asked me to discuss how best to get Australian-Indonesian relations back on track, although I agree  that this is a politically sensitive issue and weighing it up may not be the prudent thing to do while there is still … Continue reading

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Ian McAuley. The speech that Tony Abbott almost delivered to the National Press Club.

Was this a spoof? There are ‘claims’ that the following speech appeared on the websites of the Liberal Party and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on the day that Tony Abbott gave his speech to the National Press … Continue reading

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Warwick Elsche. Abbott and Credlin.

It was on again – all last week. Apart from the uncertain future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, all political talk was of Peta Credlin his Chief of Staff and unquestionably the most talked of, written about, high profile staffer … Continue reading

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John Menadue.  Climate change and the rise and demise of Tony Abbott.

Opposition to climate change was the vehicle for Tony Abbott to rise to the leadership of the Liberal Party. It is now making a major factor in his demise as Prime Minister. Tony Abbott regarded climate change as ‘absolute crap’ … Continue reading

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Walter Hamilton. Ships and Boats and Please Explains

If the main aim of building ships in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy were to keep locals in work, then the South Australian-based Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) would be a pretty good model. It spent around $400 million on … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Tony Abbott at the National Press Club

In his speech today, Tony Abbott recycled many of his one-liners that we heard at the last election. Let’s examine several of them. First, he said that his government was a low-taxing government and that it would reduce the budget … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Murdoch, Abbott and Credlin

In August 2013 I wrote about Rupert Murdoch’s abuse of power and his intense fascination with party politics. That blog is reproduced below. Rupert Murdoch is a frustrated politician. He loves the political game. Usually he works indirectly through ultra-loyal … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Be careful what you wish for.

You may be interested in this repost.  John Menadue   Be careful what you wish for. With the Victorian election result the Labor Party may be hoping to see the demise of Tony Abbott in the New Year. But it … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The scholarship is the real issue.

Freya Newman has been placed on a two year good behaviour bond  with no conviction recorded  for  accessing the computer system of the Whitehouse Institute of Design concerning a ‘scholarship’ awarded to Francis Abbott. Overwhelmingly the media coverage has been … Continue reading

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Mike Steketee. Abbott faces the reality of multicultural Australia

While many conservatives continue to hold to the Howard line against multiculturalism, Tony Abbott is adjusting to the reality that Australia is a multicultural country, writes Mike Steketee. “The Australian Government will be utterly unflinching towards anything that threatens our … Continue reading

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Gavan McCormack Disturbing trends in Japan (Part 1 of 4)

These posts (published over 4 days) are extracts from an article by Gavan McCormack, entitled ‘Partnership 135 Degrees East’ which will be published in Arena.org.au.    Our best friend The current Japanese and Australian governments came into being in December … Continue reading

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John Menadue. MH17 – At last a thank-you to Malaysia may be on the cards.

In ten days’ time, Tony Abbott will be visiting Malaysia and India. The visit to Kuala Lumpur will at last be an opportunity for him to thank on our behalf the Malaysian Government’s significant contribution to ‘Operation Bring them Home’. … Continue reading

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Richard Woolcott. Indonesia under President Widodo.

Australia will be dealing with a new Indonesian government in just two months. This will involve challenges and opportunities for both countries. The Constitutional Court in Jakarta has now confirmed the election of Joko Widodo as President-elect with 53.15% of … Continue reading

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