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Michael Danby

Vale PM Gough Whitlam

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 04:45

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Occasionally through the years I saw Gough Whitlam, and our relationship slowly revived. He occasionally sought to refine my speeches and questions in this place and approved of many of the historical, linguistic and geographical allusions in my parliamentary contributions. Our last conversation was several years ago at the ALP National Conference in Darling Harbour, where Mr Whitlam, typically, exhibited a keen interest in my role, as he had done with many Labor members of this parliament, as the ranking member then of the federal parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. Former Prime Minister Whitlam was very anxious that the Liberals not roll back ‘one vote, one value’.



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Responding to the Caliphate - From Hamas to ISIS

Friday, 22 August 2014 06:47

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“It’s easier to fool people than convince them they’ve been fooled” Mark Twain

Around 2 weeks ago I was in Israel for the UK/Israel/Australia Dialogue in Jerusalem. Whenever my wife and I are there, our custom is to always visit my brother’s in-laws – the Galpers. Dr Galper is a twice-retired, doctor of geriatric medicine who worked at the Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon. He is much beloved in the city of some 120,000 people. Ziko and Blima are a hospitable couple, now in their 80s. Quietly, stoically, they stay in their home despite the entreaties of friends to take some refuge further North.  Amanda and I thought it would be cowardly not to follow our normal custom of visiting them, regardless of the war and constant missile attacks on Ashkelon.  Their experiences reminded me of the stories of my late father in law who told me of WW11 in England. He endured the Blitz in London, patiently sitting it out in an Anderson Shelter.

Australians in ISIS threaten attack on home soil

Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:11

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“…if I wanted to attack aus I could have so easily”. “I love to slaughter [Australians] & ALLAH LOVEs when u dogs r slaughtered”.
Unhappily these mangled declarations cannot be dismissed as the twitter rantings of a barely literate juvenile.  They are tweets by Khaled Sharrouf, one of around 60 Australians currently fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Defence Minister's blunder sends wrong signal

Monday, 16 June 2014 02:59

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Back home, a fascinating dispute arose between Defence Minister David Johnston and Labor Parliamentary Secretary Michael Danby over the nature of the ANZUS alliance. Johnston said ANZUS does not necessarily commit us to getting involved in a military conflict in Asia that the US might be embroiled in. Danby said this was wrong in fact and undermined ANZUS … Johnston would have been better advised not to offer any response to a hypothetical - Greg Sheridan, The Australian, 16/06/2014

Johnston is maturing as a solid defence minister and Danby is one of parliament’s best on foreign affairs and security.'

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