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 ...

Mixed Blessings

  For better or worse the involvement of the British Empire in the settling of Australia has left us with many of the trappings of British, and particularly English, life. We have benefited as a nation from a heritage of parliamentary democracy, our legal system and, of course, cricket. However we have had good cause to question the ...

They Called It ‘Hobson’s Choice’

For the increasingly diminishing number of citizens who still can manage any interest in the poor excuse we have for politics in this State, the looming elections arouse some disconcerting questions. Should we vote for a party where the best that can be said for it is that it has experience in government? It’s dismal record ...

Why Are We Subsidising Child Abusers?

It's Time for Churches to Pay Their Way or Get Out of the Way In hardened economic times, we increasingly scrutinise the disposition of public funds. For instance, we are more emboldened to ask why is it exactly that the public is required to pay for life-time gold passes as a travel perk for former MP’s? When ...

If Only ….

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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 ...

The Arrogance of Power

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Weatherill’s government has treated the people it is meant to serve with incomparable arrogance. Answering only 4 of 111 questions on notice, a response rate of 3.5%, the institution of Parliament has been consistently abused. The government led by Mr 3.5% has attempted to hide the magnitude of its incompetence by a breathtaking display of ...

Parole – Does It Work?

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The operation of our parole system is an issue that incites heated debate. The legal issues involved are complex and touch upon community views on punishment, safety and the dependability of our criminal justice system. Unfortunately, parole has always been more than a simple legal issue. It has been the plaything of politicians at least since ...

Watch Out!

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The ability to drive a car on a public road is a privilege not a right. It is a conditional liberty granted to those who comply with certain conditions. Failure to comply with those conditions - that is obeying the road rules - will generally have some consequences upon the person’s ability to drive. Road ...

Is This Really Us?

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Australia's refugee policies go from bad to worse. We not only refuse to recognise the human rights of those fleeing from desperate and dangerous circumstances, but we imprison them for doing so. On top of this we add the additional heartbreak of removing for all time any hope that these vulnerable people have of settling ...