Just into your book and it's confirming everything I've been so depressed about over the last few years. Howard is the least conservative prime minister. He is dismantling every sensible convention and destroying public confidence in our public service by politicising. Every now and then he mentions Senate reform and this really concerns me. Yet my in-laws say he presents well! I have just joined The Greens but I think things are more desperate - I don't think that we can wait for The Greens to win enough support.
This is more a comment than a review. I read your book and got madder and madder with the conservative government, in fact with most of our pollies. It's a great book. I gnashed my teeth a fair bit.I also wept at times.Your suggestions have been noted, and I put the bumper sticker straight on the car. Thanks for the effort and the controlled rage.
I've noticed that the 'Liberal' Candidate for Ryan, Michael Johnson, has adopted Yellow as his campaign colours with his workers wearing yellow T-shirts and his posters using yellow as the surrounding colour. I thought that Yellow was the Democrats colour of choice. Why isn't Michael Johnston prepared to run under the usual 'Liberal' colours of Blue and White?
For the first time ever, filmmakers from around Australia have joined forces to create a film canvassing key aspects of Australian life under the Howard Liberal government. The film will premiere on September 29th and screening nationally from 1-3 October, the weekend before the election. TIME TO GO JOHN is a compilation of fifteen short films documenting pivotal moments throughout Australia's recent local and international history, from the Iraq war to detention centres, the GST, anti-terrorism laws and reconciliation. Made by some of Australia's best filmmakers and presented by comedian Rod Quantock, the film promises to pack all the punches and encourage voters to think carefully about their choice at polling time.
Dear Margo, I love your book, what I've read of it so far. As a 17 year old I'm trying my best to understand as much as I can about Australia's democracy so that I can make informed choices about my future. Unfortunately, I've begun to feel lately that there is so little I can do to make people listen to me and to make a difference in the political arena - hell I can't even vote yet!!
Not content with bludgeoning the leftish Greens and various centrist, NHJ!-style independents in the opening weeks of the campaign, Rupert Murdoch's propaganda 'droids demonstrate that they're just as capable of sneering loudly at rightish political players over whom they know they wield zip influence. Webdiary readers will remember how Tony Abbott's underhand and possibly-illegal 'Australians for Honest Politics Trust' role in jailing Pauline Hanson was helpfully 'explained away' in heroic 'civic-mindedness' terms by most of Rupert's senior political opinion writers - who then curiously went very quiet about 'the integrity of the electoral system' when it transpired that while Hanson was in fact innocent of any fraud, their beloved Saint Tony stank to potential AEC fraud heaven. Yes - Editorial, Kelly, Sheridan, Price, Shanahan, Milne...they just didn't wanna' know about Tony's little probbers with the
Every one visiting NJH should also see www.endthelies.net and sign up the for rallies on 3 October 2004. Stand up; be counted. With new lies every day (today about caretaker government obligations) it is time to STOP THE LIES.
A few people from Jubilee Australia and the National Indigenous Ecumenical Peak body (NATSIEC) have been standing in Pitt St Mall, Sydney holding signs to let Sydney siders know we are 'not happy John'. We say in this election put human life before war; people before economic growth; mercy to those seeking refuge before
If you're only paying half-hearted attention, you'd get the impression that we've all 'moved on' from Iraq, right? Sure, the recent Australian hostage fears and uncertainties have reminded us of the terrible dangers still being faced daily there by our contribution, but when was the last time you saw some serious media coverage of the 'big picture'? And especially a cold, hard examination of what the awful future might hold? Exactly. There's a good reason why, too.
Not content with bludgeoning the leftish Greens and various centrist, NHJ!-style independents in the opening weeks of the campaign, Rupert Murdoch's Oz propaganda 'droids this morning demonstrate that they're just as capable of sneering loudly at rightish political players over whom they know they also wield zip proxy-power. Webdiary readers will remember how Tony Abbott's underhand and possibly-illegal 'Australians for Honest Politics Trust' role in jailing Pauline Hanson was helpfully 'explained away' in heroic 'civic-mindedness' terms by most of Rupert's senior political opinion writers - who then curiously went very quiet about 'the integrity of the electoral system' when it transpired that while Hanson was in fact innocent of any fraud, their beloved Saint Tony stank to potential AEC fraud heaven. Yes - Editorial, Kelly, Sheridan, Price, Shanahan, Milne...they just didn't wanna' know about To
RESURRECTING RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA (apologies for being more than 300 words but important to publicise) (Sue McDonald)
14 September 2004 Press Release RESURRECTING RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA Leigh Belbeck, spokesperson from Bindaree Beef confirmed today that the next in the series of important rural policy meetings to be held in rural and regional Australia will be held in Gunnedah on Friday, 24 September 2004.
60 years young, Electrical Engineer, Businessman, Private Pilot, Grazier, Gun Owner and ex-Liberal voter (Peter Whelan)
FELLOW EDITORS: I PUBLISHED THE GENTLEMAN'S SMALLER PIECE (HE MUST HAVE READ THE WORD LIMIT AFTER SUBMITTING HIS FIRST ONE AND DECIDED TO NOT GIVE US AN EXCUSE TO IGNORE HIM). HIS BASIC POINT - THAT THE GUN OWNERS SAW HOWARD'S COLOURS FIRST - EVEN BEFORE THE WATERSIDE WORKERS - WHILE THE LEFT APPLAUDED WITHOUT IRONY - I UTTERLY AGREE WITH, INCIDENTALLY. Excellent book, which encapsulated everything we Law Abiding Gun Owners felt when Howard branded us all potential murderers, in 1996 after Port Arthur and then again in 2002, after Monash Murders.After Port Arthur Massacre, much was written and discussed about the effect of the Richmond Report, into Mental Health, as well as the influence of the sadistic and violent videos Martin Bryant watched. Or was the problem one of poor Policing in that M.B. had been previously asociated with two other deaths? But then the Media got heavily into 'Gun Control'. Suddenly Howard, against expert advice and against the wishes of the State Police Mi
Engineer, Businessman/Investor, Grazier, Private Pilot, Sporting Shooter and ex-Liberal voter (Peter Whelan)
Great to see Howard's Dictatorship exposed. Those of us who owned Guns and were treated like Criminals by Howard in May 1996 saw this coming first. We rallied in major cities and drew crowds that hadn't been seen since the anti-Vietnam marches of the late 60s. Take heed that Bush referred to Howard as the 'Man of Steel'. He may well have used the Russian translation, 'Stalin'!