The last week has thrown up some thorny political issues. Firstly there was Christian Porter, thinking it was okay to accept bucket loads of cash, from anonymous donors, to pay a personal account. As the previous Minister in charge of drafting the National Integrity Commission bill, one would hope that he would understand what those … Continue reading Another farcical week in Australian politics
"Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people's ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise."That is a quote taken … Continue reading A lucky country, run by second rate people
Sometimes it is hard to believe the "careful money-manager" spin put on Australian federal spending. Especially with all the rorting, and the pork barrelling. A proper look reveals callous negligence toward other Australians, or a really nasty attitude toward those citizens who lack the political muscle, or the platform, to question some very poor policies. … Continue reading Starve, or freeze? Choose, if you are unemployed
We in Australia have had a ringside seat as the American Republic tied itself in knots through Donald Trump's presidency. Now we are going through our own spectacle, watching Scott Morrison's 'coming of age'. I know, who wants to? Not me, and not you. Coming of age is best done in the privacy of your … Continue reading Australia’s own ‘coming of age’ story-watching Scott grow up?
On the issue of whether Christian Porter is a "fit and proper person" to continue in the role of the Attorney General there is no need to hold a public enquiry. As I have already stated, here The Porter case unfolds as classic Greek tragedy the enquiry will hit the same road-blocks that a formal … Continue reading Porter and Morrison failed Katherine Thornton
The 'facts' of the case are that Katharine Thornton accused Christian Porter of a sustained and violent sexual assault, over an extended period of time, on one night in 1988. There were no witnesses, and there is no supporting forensic evidence. So it really is a case of "she said, he said". There can never … Continue reading The Porter case unfolds as classic Greek tragedy
With players like this, what hope do we have?
We have become accustomed, in Australia, through long adherence to a shared system of values, to governments which would always put 'the people' first. We Australians, it was understood, would always adhere to international norms and standards, and we would conduct our day to day political affairs according to equality and fairness. That was until … Continue reading Unfunded Empathy