Tuesday 17th of July 2018

welcome to country ....

welcome to country .....

from Crikey .....

Barns: the legality of sending Afghanis home

Greg Barns writes:

that sinking feeling .....

that sinking feeling .....

Sometimes it's the little things in the big stories that catch your eye.

real change .....

real change .....

It's official - we hate them: more than ever.

The primary vote splintered on August 21 to reveal two politicians deeply disliked by the country. In terms of the proportion of the Australian electorate each major party leader convinced to vote for them, we're at historic lows.

As former ACT pollie, Michael Moore, calculates, Tony Abbott, with a primary vote of 38.4%, ranks 39 out of 50, measuring the two-leader vote from the last 25 federal polls. The proposition that Tony Abbott has run 'the best campaign as opposition leader never to win government' is so ludicrous it is outrageous.

time to get with the program .....

time to get with the program .....

Let's not beat about the bush: putting a price on carbon means asking people to pay more for electricity and other carbon-intensive activities. So how much are we willing to pay?

Tony Abbott thinks the answer is nothing. The opposition imagines it has discovered the political equivalent of Mortein: just one spray about ''a great big new tax on everything'' will knock any policy proposal dead.

I suspect most Australians want to have their climate cake and eat it, too; we want action to curb climate change, but we don't want to pay for it.

poor puppy poodle...

puppypyne

The manager of Opposition business Christopher Pyne has become the first MP of the new Parliament to be booted from the chamber during Question Time.

Question Time is operating under new time limits and other rules aimed to ensure proper debate and less abuse of the process.

During an answer from Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Mr Pyne wanted to make a point of order but was denied by Speaker Harry Jenkins who had already sat Ms Gillard down.

Mr Pyne then said Ms Gillard had sat down because she was "hopeless".

He was promptly expelled from the chamber for one hour.

joe thomases...

libsvotes

 

The Federal Government says its success in getting Coalition MP Peter Slipper up for the job of Deputy Speaker yesterday proves that it is in control of its fragile majority in the House of Representatives.

Mr Slipper was nominated by Labor and went on to win a secret ballot 78 votes to 71 over the Coalition's preferred candidate, Nationals MP Bruce Scott.

Labor backbencher Mike Symon says it shows the Federal Government can get the numbers when it counts.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/29/3024465.htm?section=justin

on the road to perdition ..... still .....

on the road to perdition .....

from Crikey .....

Climate committee is better without the Coalition

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:

the long kiss goodnight (again) .....

the long kiss goodnight .....

If Israel's stranglehold over U.S. foreign policy is to be broken, Americans will need to be informed about the harm that Washington's unconditional support for the Jewish state is doing to American interests, say leading analysts of US-Israeli relations.

on track... peace derailed...

unsettling settlements

The US says it is "disappointed" by Israel's decision not to extend a ban on West Bank settlement building.

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell has been sent to the region in an attempt to salvage direct peace talks that were restarted earlier this month.

The 10-month moratorium came to an end at midnight (2200 GMT on Sunday).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11422065

in the pocket...

unethical morality...

I can't understand the thinking behind the ''personal view'' of the NSW Liberal leader, Barry O'Farrell, opposing ethics classes as a complement to special religious education classes. Mr O'Farrell, please tell us how you came to this position.

Yes, ethics is already embedded in school curriculums, policies and other programs. However ethics classes for the 100,000 children who do not take part in scripture classes each week is a matter of fair play. It offers those children an opportunity to formally and explicitly explore concepts of the self, respect for others, justice, intention, problem solving and consequences for actions - just as their peers are doing in their religious education classes.

a screw loose...

screw loose

Just after Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor decided to back Labor, a relieved minister observed that, throughout the election campaign, Tony Abbott had reminded him of the Terminator, the Hollywood-created cyborg that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star.

The seemingly indestructible cyborg assassin travelled back in time from 2029 to 1984 Los Angeles, programmed to kill its target, Sarah Connor.

In the kill-or-be-killed game of politics, the minister was paying Abbott a compliment with the analogy to the cold-blooded and emotionless killing machine.

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