Thursday, 13 February 2014 23:31
Federal Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby was joined by relatives, covering three generations, in Rostock, Germany as a Stolperstein was laid outside the home of his grandparents Bruno and Margarethe Danziger.
A Stolperstein is a German word meaning “stumbling block” and are monuments commemorating those individuals, who died and survived, during the Holocaust. They are a small concrete block, usually with an engraved brass plaque, containing the personal details of people who died or survived; their name, date of birth, deportation details and fate. Before the Holocaust it was a custom in Germany for non—Jews to say, upon stumbling over a protruding stone, “There must be a Jew buried there.”
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.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 23:53
There are strong divisions in the new government over the priority of security advice with an important group of leading Ministers, led by Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop, appearing to favour allowing Huawei into the NBN.
Still, the Australian reported that anonymous government sources are backtracking on Senator Brandis’s recent commitment to keep the ban on Huawei:
Government sources told The Australian yesterday there would be no decision on the company's fate until the completion of a review of the NBN.
To read the unedited version of my article published in the Drum - Click here
Some Australian analysts doubt UN enforcement of resolution seeking to eliminate Syria’s Chemical Weapons
Sunday, 06 October 2013 05:48
On 27 September the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118 that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. It was based on a deal agreed to by the US and Russia in Geneva, following the August 21 sarin nerve gas attack on a Damascus suburb that killed over 1,400 people, which the US, Australia and others believe was ordered by the Assad regime.
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