Thursday, 21 November 2013 03:58
I do not consider myself a revhead nor do I follow the V8s or the grand prix, as some others in my electorate may. However, I am always a passionate supporter of Australian jobs and Australian exports. The automotive industry is in crisis—and the Liberals now in government has been aware of this problem for nearly a year. The automotive industry needs urgent commitment from the federal government or the industry, particularly General Motors, with its thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment, will be lost. Future investment is at stake, with GM contemplating investing $1 billion into developing two new models in Australia. Large-scale investment like this hinges on the federal government's commitment to the future of the Australian industry.
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.
unChained: once they were against developers, now they vainly urge green voters to preference Abbott
Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00
The following were responses to an Election survey by 'Unchained'. It outlines some achievements as well as positions on a range of issues both local and national.
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