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Our Minister for Women misses the point….again

June 23, 2018 - 20:33 -- Admin

In 2012, Tony Fitzgerald summed up the state of politics in Australia with this observation: “..insiders see problems with insiders’ eyes, recognise only some of the problems and few of the causes and suggest insiders’ solutions with voters as mere bystanders. The usual, and sometimes intended, outcome is a flurry of superficial activity, appointment of…

Saga of Super Saturday: Will the LNP’s $144 Billion Tax Plan Deliver for Braddon?

June 22, 2018 - 11:12 -- Admin

By Denis Bright A month out from Super Saturday, the five simultaneous by-elections are already part of Australian political folklore. The forthcoming by-elections now have elements of a US mid-term election which can either confirm the existing administration or move it into a lame-duck phase. With the passage of the three-staged tax package by the…

The Catholic Church in Resistance: Priests, Child Abuse, and Breaking the Seal of the Confessional

June 21, 2018 - 12:15 -- Admin

The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death. Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Church’s great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power. The State shall have no say where the priest’s confidence…

Leaving the UN Human Rights Council

June 20, 2018 - 18:00 -- Admin

The margin between what is a human right as an inalienable possession, and how it is seen in political terms is razor fine. In some cases, the distinctions are near impossible to make. To understand the crime of genocide is to also understand the political machinations that limited its purview. No political or cultural groups,…

Shifting sands in the Galilee Basin

June 20, 2018 - 10:27 -- Admin

Wondering what’s happening with Adani? Well there have been a few developments of late. Adani’s original plan was to use the coal from the Carmichael mine in its own generators at the Mundra power plant in Gujarat, India.  Except Adani Power Mundra is on the verge of bankruptcy. Faced with mounting operational losses, they have…

Day to Day Politics: You bet I’m angry.

June 20, 2018 - 06:00 -- Admin

Wednesday 20 June 2017 Understanding the conservative’s desire to eliminate a state-owned broadcaster is as simple as ABC. Conservatives don’t believe in state ownership of anything. They believe private enterprise and competition is the best way for all businesses. It’s the same with health. They believe, philosophically, that individuals should fend for themselves and pay…