Friday, 10 July 2015 03:03
She may be the ayatollahs’ pin up girl, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is flirting with danger.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the courageous Somali woman and former Dutch MP, was in Australia some years ago to launch her book. The publishers hosted a swanky lunch in Sydney for MPs. My principessa, Amanda Mendes da Costa, myself and now Australian Ambassador to the Vatican John McCarthy SC showed up. There was a bevy of Liberal MPs, including the now half-resurrected Sophie Mirabella, the not quite Leader of the Opposition, let alone PM, Tony Abbott, and Julie Bishop.
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:02
Despite the latest trend of jumping ugly on Bill Shorten, it is too early to say how the politics of the pension deal will play out.
The government and the Greens believe they are onto a winner. Their deal has secured the passage of a policy they both support and the government has had to give up nothing in return other than extend the tax white paper submission process for another six weeks so people can make submissions on reforming retirement incomes.
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 04:03
Tonight I would like to address the worsening situation in the South China Sea, an issue that I have been interested in for many months, if not a couple of years. I particularly want to look at China's efforts to construct artificial islands in an area that seemed to be being used to better project its military capabilities.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:50
I have written to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, The Hon. Lisa Neville MP this week, to encourage her to take action for the community of Caulfield in regards to the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust. I have also invited her to tour the Reserve with me to gain a personal appreciation of the potential for open space and the challenges of access.
Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:50
Many in politics believe the enemy of their enemy is their friend. But let’s be clear, the Shi’ite Iranian regime—committed as it is to destroying the Sunni Da’esh for its own reasons—is at best a frenemy. The Lowy Institute’s Dr Rodger Shanahan suggested that because of the sudden rise of Da’esh, with all its attendant, insane genocide, mass rape and destruction of ancient culture, the West’s interests would be better served by closer engagement with Iran. I disagree.
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