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When it comes to energy policy, you can always rely on the Coalition for a slogan

November 22, 2018 - 20:05 -- Admin

Labor’s proposal to subsidise solar battery storage has been met with derision by the Minister for Bringing Down Energy Prices, Angus Taylor, who was quick to deliver his zinger – “Labor has gone from pink batts to pink batteries.” Good one Angus.  Except he probably should have checked Liberal Party press releases which show that…

Morrison’s mistakes multiply

November 22, 2018 - 17:00 -- Admin

By Ad astra We ought not to be surprised at the multiplicity of Scott Morrison’s mistakes, given the lack of preparation he has had for the role of prime minister. Prior to Malcolm Turnbull’s ouster, Morrison was Treasurer and before that, Minister for Immigration. He had never had responsibility for making the wide range of decisions…

Forgetting Jamal Khashoggi: Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia and Brute Realism

November 22, 2018 - 10:43 -- Admin

“I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.” Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Twitter, Nov 20, 2018. Accused of being mendacious, incapable of holding to a foundation of facts and indifferent to the world of evidence, President Donald J. Trump…

From APEC to G20 in Argentina: Time for Our Representatives to Act More Independently

November 21, 2018 - 19:01 -- Admin

By Denis Bright As President Trump crisscrosses the United States on the merry-go-round of ceremonial and media events, the Administration’s policy insiders are likely to be preparing for the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires from 30 November to 1 December 2018. Now is the time for the federal LNP to insist on a more independent…


November 21, 2018 - 15:49 -- Admin

Earth, dirt, soil and all that it contains for a healthy environment to live and plant, feed and prosper. There was a time when all peoples had a healthy respect for that piece of land that they lived upon. A sacred respect, a worshipped thing of unknown quantity with a reliable certainty that the Earth…

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Unnecessary Fussing: China, the United States and APEC

November 20, 2018 - 19:33 -- Admin

The parents on the global stage of power are bickering and now, such entertainingly distracting forums as APEC (the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum) are left without a unifying message.  This should hardly matter, but the absence of a final communiqué of agreement is being treated in some circles as the preliminary perturbations to conflict between Beijing…

The APEC Aftermath: Learning from the Statecraft of Prime Minister O’Neil

November 20, 2018 - 14:30 -- Admin

By Denis Bright Tensions were always anticipated at the APEC in Port Moresby. Commuting from Cairns in Airforce 2, Mike Pence sought to high-jack the long tradition of consensus-building at APEC Summits embracing countries from a diversity of developmental and strategic perspectives. PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neil was not bowled over by the megaphone diplomacy…

How do you argue with that?

November 20, 2018 - 12:17 -- Admin

In order to progress sensible policy direction in this country, it is necessary to listen to different ideas, consider other people’s opinions, look at the evidence, weigh up the pros and cons, accept criticism and be open to amendments that address genuine concerns – that sort of stuff. Too often we retreat to our safe…