Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:22
"Total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs" - Isaiah Berlin (20th Century Philosopher)
In 1995, during Paul Keating’s prime ministership, section 18C was introduced into the Racial Discrimination Act. For 11 years under John Howard, this effective protection against hate speech remained untouched. Now, however, Senator Brandis has proposed major changes. The reason for the current government’s change of heart appears to be almost solely as a result of the successful case brought against the government’s most valiant tribune, Mr Andrew Bolt.
Tragic mishandling of MH370: Sad reflection of problems facing Malaysian democratic and legal process
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:31
The smooth transition by Indonesia from the Suharto dictatorship to a functioning democracy is something all observant Australians recognise. Nothing highlights this more than the raucous nature of the Indonesian media. My friend Bambang Harymurti, who is the editor of Tempo and now runs his own TV station, is constantly chasing corrupt politicians, institutions and bureaucrats. Good on him!
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 04:41
The Greeks may fear and loathe Frankfurt as a crass citadel of German capitalism. Not me. It’s Germany’s aviation and financial hub, but my experience of the city is a more modest one. The Australian style Hotel Adina, just across the Mainz bridge from Max Beckmann’s Städel, which houses Europe’s third largest art collection, has eased me into Germany over the years. My hosts and dear friends Andre Haermeyer, former State Minister, and his wife Tonya Stevens now live here.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 22:40
"For the want of a nail, we have lost the war."
I have been in this parliament since 1998. I have never seen a more disgraceful and gratuitous decision. Ford were not going to put any money into this country. Holden wanted to invest a billion dollars into Australia. This is a choice that this government made, an ideological choice. For the extra expenditure that the previous government was going to undertake with Holden, we could have kept Holdens in Australia. The decision to drive this American company out of Australia is something that is unprecedented in Australia's economic history. (Time expired)
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 22:49
Leaving aside the missing vote drama in Western Australia, the ‘gaming the system’ and the resulting rise of ‘micro-parties’ is probably the most significant electoral process issue for examination by the Electoral Matters Committee in the coming parliament.
It is hardly a sign of vibrant democracy, as some have said, that “parties” which were created in the last 3 or 4 months, and which received half of 1 per cent of the vote now have seats in parliament.
- Deepening Liberal split over Huawei
- Some Australian analysts doubt UN enforcement of resolution seeking to eliminate Syria’s Chemical Weapons
- unChained: once they were against developers, now they vainly urge green voters to preference Abbott
- Ios Teper - St Kilda’s own hero of the ‘Great Patriotic War’, passed: aged 98
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