Is This Really The Best We Can Do?

If there was ever any doubt that our dismal crop of politicians act out of self interest rather than principle, it was removed today when we saw the final death and burying of any hope that an honourable application of the principle of ministerial responsibility might prevail in our parliaments. The PM's attitude has brought ...

Walt Disney Meets Hobson’s Choice

  Job Vacancy – Premier of the State of SA   Applicant #1 – Jay Weatherill. Biggest achievements – UNPRECEDENTED run of making SA’s level of unemployment the highest in Australia, RECORD levels of turmoil and mismanagement in the Health sector, HIGHEST electricity prices in the world, STATEWIDE factory and industry closures, HALF - HEARTED support for ICAC, INCOMPETENCE ...

On Ya Bike!

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  After the failed, ill-considered and expensive experiment in Frome Street, we have recently been presented with the latest plan to do the impossible: to retro-fit Adelaide city with bicycle freeways that are safe for riders, car users and pedestrians.   Of course if we were back in the days of Col. Light with a blank canvass upon ...

One Law for Prince or Pauper

  Retired Victorian Senior Crown Prosecutor and lecturer at the Australian Catholic University, Geoffrey Horgan QC has recently suggested that it would be hard for George Pell to receive a fair trial if indeed he was to be charged in relation to alleged child abuse. If he is right, we have a serious problem. While Victorian Police were ...

Not As Easy As It Looks – A Judge in Chains

Criticism has been made of the approach taken by a District Court judge in sentencing a man convicted of dangerous driving causing death.   In his article headed - “SA Judge Paul Muscat says it is ‘disheartening’ for courts to pass harsh mandatory sentences on killer drivers who are of good character” Mr Sean Fewster criticized the judge for ...

Weatherill’s Parallel Universe – Oakden and Ministerial Responsibility

The Theory: Ministerial responsibility is an oath taken by ministers that makes them accountable to the Parliament. It is central to the Parliamentary system because it ensures the accountability of the government to the legislature and so, to the people. This differs from the collective responsibility of Cabinet which demands that members of the Cabinet must publicly ...

Apples With Apples

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When a man mows down pedestrians with his car in Melbourne’s Mall, the police insist it has nothing to do with terrorism and the government assiduously avoids ever using the word. When a man mows down pedestrians with his car on London’s Westminster Bridge, the police and the British PM immediately describe the events as a ...

Another Downpayment for the PM’s Job

In a dishonourable capitulation to right wing pressure to change s.18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Prime Minister Turnbull has given the green light to all those who think it is fine to insult, offend and humiliate their fellow Australians. In support of this Prime Ministerial imprimatur and institutional endorsement of bigotry, the PM, in true Orwellian speak, ...