Representative of Bennelong: @awelder comment






By Andrew Elder 22 July 2013 The federal electorate of Bennelong is used to a representative with real clout, someone of national significance rather than someone who means well and is content to do their best. Labor’s endorsement of Jason Yat-Sen Li as their candidate for the electorate is in line with that record. Too early to say whether or not he’ll win, but he is the right sort of candidate. Bennelong was created in 1949 and held by Sir John Cramer until 1974, when he handed over to John Howard. Howard’s rapid rise under Malcolm Fraser assuaged local concerns about his youth and inexperience. In the 1990’s Howard’s political […]






The liberties of George Brandis by @awelder






By Andrew Elder May 22, 2013 Margo: After the recent George ‘free speech’ Brandis speech  I asked (begged) @awelder to write me a piece on the civil liberties credentials of the man who would be Attorney General under an Abbott Government. This is Andrew’s first piece for @NoFibs. Thank you. There is a story of a Queensland shearing team and a cook who was especially sensitive to their rough-and-ready ways. One day the shearers came for their meal break to find the cook refusing to serve them. Someone was sent in to find out the problem: the peacemaker returned to the shearers and asked “All right, which one of you […]