Posts Tagged ‘Australian politics’

This was written after Culleton’s appearance at the High Court on January 31 and before Friday’s developments. But the essential attitudes are unchanged.

Oh, we’re off to see the Rodney

The wonderful Culleton of Oz

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Rod Culleton considering his future (ABC News, Adam Kennedy)

Borrowing from The Wizard of Oz is not that inappropriate when it comes to Mister Rod Culleton. Judging from his performance at the High Court last Tuesday, Culleton is indeed in Lala Land. Although his chief of staff, Margaret Menzel, might be considered a poor substitute for Emma Stone. (more…)

It is surely a first that a President of the USA is being dragged to the courts considerably less than a week after his Inauguration. But it has happened–a crew of serious legal hitters have now filed a lawsuit against President Trump for his “…serious violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution created by the illegal payments he receives from foreign governments” as multiple breaches of the US Constitution. The argument is that nobody, including the President, is above the law. (more…)

An MP from the Liberal National Party in Queensland has just quit LNP and jumped ship to One Nation in the Queensland parliament. And this highlights a nasty constitutional hole which has been allowed to remain for far too long. Although our Federal MPs might be excused – it is hard to find time to fix constitutional issues when there are all those entitlements to be milked to the nth degree. (more…)

I have just had an epiphany.  A light bulb moment, if you will. And in typing that last fragment, it occurred to me – how did people have light bulb moments before there were light bulbs? Did Edison come up with the concept as a gas light moment? Or da Vinci realise he was having a lantern moment when he came up with the idea for the Mona Lisa’s smile? What about our cave-dwelling forebears? “Me. Og. Me have rubbing-two-sticks-together-real-fast moment.” (more…)

Wow. Credit, where credit is due. We have a pretty darn good government…in one respect at least. They have invented a whole new way to make money. All you to do is have a government department send out debt notices to unsuspecting schlubs and the money just rolls on in. And here’s the best bit – you don’t even have to have any proof that they owed the money in the first place! Sheer brilliance!! (more…)

Hello there, anonymous stakeholder-type person. So lovely to meet you here on the Gold Coast. Gosh – that is a lovely apartment over there. Wow – they only want $800,000 for it. And I just happen to have that here in my little purse. Oh I know – I am a terrible thing for my impulse buys.

That is what our Health Minister would have us believe. No, the taxpayer did not pay for her to go the Gold Coast on a property buying trip. She went there to meet unspecified stakeholders, and buying a $795,000 apartment there at the same time was a completely unplanned event. (more…)

Last night on QandA, Malcolm Turnbull defended his National Broadband Network, insisting it was better because it was being rolled out faster than would have been the case under Labor. Not a better system. Not a better product. Not a system capable of delivering on the growing demands being made on such technology. No, better because they are supposedly rolling out a substandard system faster. (more…)

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I am old enough to remember the good old days the Budget was a relatively straight forward thing – increases in the prices of cigarettes, postage stamps etc. These days the guaranteed fixture is maintenance of and sometimes increase in public service funding cuts, particularly that of the public service efficiency dividend. But what is the efficiency dividend and what does it mean? (more…)

There has been some amusement around Australia the last couple of days after the ultra-right wing group, United Patriots Front, declared that they were forming a political party to contest Senate seats at the next Federal election, which, if we can believe recent media reports, shall be happening before the end of the year. The amusement came over the group’s declaration that they were going to campaign on the right to “bare arms”. Leaving aside the poor spelling, the reality is that in Australia we have never had any such ‘right’ to bear or even bare arms. We do not have anything remotely resembling the  US Constitution’s infamous Second Amendment. Just as an aside – how many people have actually read that Amendment? I have – and it is very clearly and directly linked to service in a now-nonexistent militia which makes you wonder how that ‘right’ survived the challenge in the US courts – the one factor only existed because of a second factor that was no longer in place. But there is a more immediate threat to weapons control in Australia. How many people realise that we already do have a Senator with a specific party policy of the right to own firearms. (more…)

SMALL UPDATE – at 20:00 20 July, a petition calling for removal of Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker has over 40,ooo signatories. Here ’tis

bishopThe Hon. Bronwyn Bishop, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament has previously made it abundantly clear that she has no intention of abiding by the required neutrality of her position. That significant breach of public trust has now been considerably compounded by her recent unacceptable claims of expenditure as electoral business. (more…)