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.
Friday, 02 August 2013 02:04
Mr Ios Teper stopped wandering into my office just 2 years ago. He died last week in the Montefiore Homes at the age of 98.
Standing little over 5 feet tall, few realised that Mr Teper was in fact a giant of the Second World War. In 1945, for his bravery and leadership in the battle for Berlin, Mr Teper was awarded the Order of the Red Banner, the Soviet equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
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