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Could Jeremy Corbyn lead the Australian Labor Party?

May 20, 2019 - 06:18 -- Admin

I know. The idea of Corbyn leading the Australian Labor Party is ridiculous. For a start, he is a British MP.  Second, he has his hands full leading the British Labour Party, on the way to possibly becoming Prime Minister in the near future.

But of course, you know the reason why I have framed the question the way I have. After the election disaster on Saturday, Labor’s leader Bill Shorten resigned the leadership. Where is Labor’s Jeremy Corbyn?

What now?

May 19, 2019 - 12:58 -- Admin

The Coalition has retained government. At the time of writing it has 74 seats, Labor has 66 and various independents and minor parties, including a Green, hold another 6.

Five seats are in doubt with 4 potentially going to the Coalition. This would give it 78 seats in the new Parliament, enough to provide a Speaker and still have a majority.

Labor to win between 76 and 82 seats?

May 18, 2019 - 14:30 -- Admin

And so the last day of electioneering and voting has arrived. Thank the gods the 5 weeks of lies, rubbish, obfuscation and vagueness have finished.

Here is a list of seats to keep an eye on. It is based on the latest aggregated odds of 7 bookmakers fielding on the result and taken from information in the Australian Financial Review. Aaron Patrick in today’s Fin says:

‘Betting on seven commercial [betting] markets predicted Labor would win 83 and the Coalition 60 seats.’

Scott Morrison – from Mother’s Day to deporting mums

May 14, 2019 - 20:27 -- Admin

Marx famously thought there was a difference between appearance and reality. It was what drove him to look into the real workings of capitalism, a system of exploitation of workers.

Our current election campaign is showing that appearance and reality distinction up.  Now, don’t worry, I am not going to talk about deep philosophical matters or delving. I am going to talk about the appearance of our Prime Minister and the reality of our PM.

Our socialism or their barbarism? – a poem

May 13, 2019 - 21:28 -- Admin

The words, the article, the politics

Cannot write tonight

The not right of campaigns

The pain of lies, untruths, sales

By the men and women with snake oil

Greasing our minds

With thoughts to supposedly explain

Our economic insecurity as gain

But exploitation is insecure

Systemically, crises are its cure,

Unplanned, undemocratic

Men in suits decide

For us all

A few women ride beside them

I read the Murdoch newspaper, The Australian, every day

May 10, 2019 - 20:28 -- Admin

I not only read Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian. I subscribe to 6-day delivery (there is no Sunday edition) and digital access. Many of my friends think I am mad. I am not.  

Of course, Murdoch’s down market Daily Telegraph in Sydney went low rent in attacking Bill Shorten over his deceased mother’s legacy. One of the other low rent Murdoch publications, The Herald Sun in Melbourne, refused to run with it.  Murdoch man par excellence Andrew Bolt condemned the article.