John Richardson's blog
Like most, I believe in democracy. But I also believe in capitalism, and though the two have usually been seen in the West as a good fit, of late I'm having doubts.
Every society has to use some system for organising production and consumption, and I know of none better than leaving it largely to private enterprise.
Civil liberties groups have slammed the legal reasoning behind the Justice Department "white paper" by pointing out that it redefines the meaning of "imminent" threat.
Obama Administration Claims Power To Authorize Pre-emptive Cyberwar Strikes
If it does nothing else, the election year of 2013 will vindicate some political careers and end quite a few others. Among them, of course, will be those of the party leaders: we will learn whether Julia Gillard can recover from an apparently terminal decline in the opinion polls and whether Tony Abbott can translate his initial blitzkrieg into a win where it counts.
This is not the election campaign. Right?
With Julia Gillard on the back foot, Tony Abbott makes a foolish ministry pledge, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.
With Julia Gillard announcing an election on September 14, Andrew Elder says the campaign will be a race between those who want to discover what an Abbott government will be like and those who want to hide it.
The election will not be won by popularity, being positive or negative or specific policies, but by who makes us more comfortable.
It was with a silken touch that the government slipped the bank lobby's ''covered bond'' legislation through the Senate a little more than a year ago.
Tony Abbott's handpicked former parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi has apparently breached strict rules by failing to declare his ties to a right-wing, pro-tobacco group fighting gun controls.
The organisation, the American Legislative Exchange Council, was involved in a High Court challenge against the Gillard government last year and has financial ties with big tobacco.
If Wikileaks teaches us anything it is that our leaders lie. And lie. And lie.
Australia Day will be no different. Bourgeois clichés about the lucky country (what irony!) and our great nation will compete with bullshit about our brave soldiers overseas and how we all in this together.