Herding Cats

      It’s a task akin to herding cats. Getting all State and Territory governments to agree on an Australian energy policy while aligning climate change sceptics with those demanding higher emission reduction targets, seems to be beyond the capacity of our current crop of decision makers. While the “no sniping, no undermining” Tony Abbott and his disciples ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Police say that the terrible incident that happened in Melbourne “is not terror related”. If ever a statement presented all the hallmarks of covering your backside, this is it. The real message that they are not so subtlety trying to convey is “don’t blame us, we didn’t miss anything because this man is not associated ...

Just Tell Us the Truth – We Can Handle It

One thing is disturbingly clear from the contributions made to the nuclear waste dump debate by Jay Weatherill and Steven Marshall. They’ve both missed or deliberately ignored the main game - is having a nuclear waste dump in our backyard or even underneath it, safe? Safe for us, safe for our families, our children, their ...

Where To From Here? #2

 Where to From Here? #2 To most of us Trump’s ascension to the Presidency was more than a surprise, it was a total shock. It wasn’t that Clinton was such a standout candidate but uniquely, she did have some of the experience that seemed essential for running the world’s most powerful nation. Many years of public ...