Category: Politics

CLUNKY LAWS

Dear Editor, I am shocked by the fact that the High Court has summarily dismissed several members of parliament.  These people were duly elected by the population.  The principle of democracy is held very high in Australian life.  Yes, a 19th century

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CAN LEADERS be SAVIOURS?

Herald-Sun It seems that neither party is willing to rein in national debt.  We leave it to our children to suffer the consequences. Perhaps the short-sighted electorate will never again reward a thrifty government with a second term. So, if

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Front man

Front Man to Herald Sun        Wednesday, April 18, 2007 I was impressed by a lot of Kevin Rudd’s platform as expressed to the Canberra Press Gallery (17th April).  He moved Labor closer to the centre:  acknowledging small business as the most productive sector. 

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False Alarm

False Alarm        Friday, March 18, 2005 Many people are arguing that no student union means no services. But this is a swift argument. Nobody is going to object to charges for material services. Most people won’t even object to being

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Deceiving Electors

Herald Sun        Sunday, August 22, 2004 Labor is ranting about the ‘children overboard’ affair – on the grounds that an election won on a lie is an election stolen. But the loudest protester is also the greatest offender. It is hard

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Loose Talk

The Australian         It bothers me that our potential foreign minister is going around calling people liars who held that Saddam had WMDs. I don’t know any adult, aware of Saddam’s track record, who at the time did

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ABC Bias 2

The ABC has been a left-wing love-in for many years, despite being funded by all taxpayers. The notion of a fair hearing from both sides of politics has not been realised. This scandal has persisted because there are many ABC

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Right to Coffee 2

I can’t believe that the Bracks government is pressing on with its attacks on cafes for trading on Easter Sunday. Nobody believes that the ALP is driven by Christian fervor. That only leaves politically motivated bullying. There may be only

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ABC Bias

The ABC has some great non-political programs: science, literature, music, religion, comedy, etc. But on the political front, they have been getting away with blue murder for years, operating a blatantly Labor platform while funded by taxpayers, half of whom

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Right to Coffee

A state government of a modern democracy has no business dictating to its people on which days we can go to our coffee bars. Hudsons Coffee was naturally peeved when Starbucks opened on a “banned” day. But it’s a shame

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Blessed Country

I agree with one point made by republican Greg Byrne (Australian, 10/7). The “British pageantry and glory” our leaders embraced in London last week is for us only a bit of historical nostalgia, and should not be regarded as a

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Where Did the Future Go?

With mechanisation and computerisation, we were told we’d have more time for relaxation, family life, culture, education – we’d be enjoying a more balanced life. But we’ve been had. We are working harder now than before. Thousands have to hire

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Employment

I wrote to the “Minister for Labour” 20 years ago, urging changes to working hours to create more jobs, but was fobbed off with promises of full employment under the old conditions. This line has now lost all credibility. We

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Multiculturalism Defined

Multiculturism left undefined is a two-edged sword. Australia’s rich mix of cultures is model of civilised co-existence. But when rival tribes of immigrants bring their ancient feuds to this country, we have good reason to be anxious. Let us keep

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The Fascism of Socialism

Socialism has wonderful ultimate goals, and I can understand why so many people believed in it. A world of caring and sharing must be the dream of every good person. It is certainly mine. I was a socialist during my

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Envy is a Vice

There are some people who think envy is a virtue. They push for “equal outcomes” whatever the cost. Their solution to inequality is to make everyone equally unfortunate. They can’t face the fact that life is not naturally fair, and

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Freedom to Protest

The S-11 protesters enjoy the democratic right to express their disapproval of the economic leaders meeting at the Crown Casino. But just as they assert the right to congregate, they should not be allowed to physically prevent the WEF people

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