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Tag Archives: Bill Shorten
But the real flaw in Turnbull’s strategy is its sheer negativity. The great dominators of parliament – Menzies, Whitlam and Keating most notably – all had something to say: they were policy powerhouses, intent on changing the nation in their … Continue reading
The area of economic reform where the government’s performance has been most egregious is on policy to ease our transition to a low-carbon economy and honour our commitments at the Paris conference. Leaving aside Abbott’s role in our policy regression, … Continue reading
Donald J. Trump likes to sound off about ‘bad hombres’ sneaking into the United States to spread terror and crime. Bad hombres come in many shapes and disguises, not only as bad people but also bad ideas.
What is not clear is whether George Brandis was genuinely ignorant of the implications of the tax case or whether he deliberately ignored them. In either case, he should immediately have resigned.
Malcolm Turnbull and his supporters regularly deride Bill Shorten as standing for nothing – first as a populist weather vane, and more recently as a constant nay-sayer in the style of Tony Abbott. And there has been some grounds … Continue reading
In a singularly petulant and graceless speech in the early hours after election night, Malcolm Turnbull said he thought he would be returned to government. His surly but defiant supporters – those of them who had not already gone … Continue reading
So we have at last reached a marker along the long trek to the election. The Pre-election economic and fiscal outlook (PEFO) was announced at the end of the second week, which is supposed to mean just where we and … Continue reading
With Australia’s longest-ever election campaign now underway, politicians face a problem. How long can they go on repeating the same promises and slogans? According to usually reliable sources, Bill Shorten drafted a speech for his campaign launch which was immediately … Continue reading
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
There are good policy and political reasons why the ALP should oppose the repeal of the carbon tax. The carbon tax is designed to reduce carbon pollution. That fact is continually ignored by those who talk wildly about the tax … Continue reading
The ALP needs a ballot for its parliamentary leadership even if it takes a month or so to do so. It will be time well spent. It needs to find the right leader and continue the process of democratisation that … Continue reading
For many years, I have been concerned that the Jesuits at St Ignatius College Sydney seem to be producing mainly conservative politicians and merchant bankers. I don’t think St Ignatius would have expected that. My confidence in the Jesuits at … Continue reading