Tony welcomes back Pauline with return of her boat people policy

Emma Phillips' portrait of Pauline Hanson.

By Margo Kingston August 21, 2003 Source: Webdiary So, the self-proclaimed mother of the nation is in jail, and the man who took her policies and finessed her beliefs is Prime Minister of Australia. The rights and wrongs of Pauline Hanson’s conviction and sentence aside, her imprisonment is a graphic symbolic representation of the state […]

The legal saga against One Nation, and legal possibilities against Abbott

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Margo Kingston: For people interested in the details of the One Nation court saga, the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission published a report in 2004. Here we publish its findings on Abbott’s involvement, then my 2003 Webdiary piece  on the possibilities for legal action by Hanson and Ettridge and an explanation of champerty and maintenance. CMC […]

Citizen journos unite!

By Margo Kingston March 15, 2013 Source: Sheilas Sarah Capper, Sheilas editor: Veteran political journalist and author Margo Kingston is back! And just in the nick of time with an election year upon us. After some time off, Margo returned to writing at the end of last year, spurred into action when she heard Opposition leader […]

Why Tony Abbott should never be PM.

Still Not Happy, John!

By Margo Kingston Source: Independent Australia January 3rd , 2013 AFTER THE PUBLICATION of my book Not Happy, John! in 2004, former Liberal Party staffer Christian Kerr, then political correspondent for Crikey, told me the ʻAustralians for Honest Politicsʼ chapter was dynamite, ʻthe most importantʼ in the book. “But it wonʼt get followed up,” I asked him, “will it?” “No,” […]

In Politics, Slush Happens

By Mike Seccombe Source: The Global Mail November 29, 2012 Extract 1: Abbott insisted the whole thing was done at his own initiative, and that neither John Howard nor anyone else in the government had been involved. Said Abbott in our interview: “There was myself and two other trustees. We raised … it may not have been […]

Abbott faces questions over Hanson slush fund

Source: The 730 Report ABC TV 26 August 2003 KERRY O’BRIEN: Welcome to the program. A political furore has erupted over revelations that one of the Howard Government’s most senior ministers, Tony Abbott, set up a slush fund to pay for legal challenges to Pauline Hanson and her party, One Nation. Despite repeated denials back […]

A question of character?

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by Margo Kingston Source: Independent Australia.net 30th November, 2012 My mouth fell open when I heard Abbott’s final flourish in Thursday’s speech denouncing Gillard as unfit for office. I remembered, suddenly, vividly, Tony Abbott’s very own slush fund. Could he too have forgotten? It’s ancient history now, Abbott’s slush fund ― but less ancient than the slush […]

Tony Abbott’s unholy dealings with the AEC

By Christian Kerr Source: Crikey 30th December 204 Has Tony Abbott been protected by some slip-shod work at the Australian Electoral Commission? Read on. Yours truly is a friend of Margo Kingston’s, but when I reviewed Not Happy John in July I had the following to say: “Margo pinpoints everything that’s wrong with the Howard Government – but, […]

Abbott set up slush fund to ruin Hanson

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Abbott set up slush fund to ruin Hanson By Mike Seccombe Source: SMH August 26, 2003 One of the Howard Government’s most senior ministers last night revealed he raised nearly $100,000 to lay the groundwork for Pauline Hanson’s prosecution for electoral fraud. The Minister for Workplace Relations, Tony Abbott, admitted setting up a trust, Australians for […]

Honest Politics archive

Source: Margo Kingston Webdiary Australian Financial Review 27th of April 2004, Page 8 Advice, but no action on Abbott Mark Davis, Political correspondent The Australian Electoral Commission received legal advice last year that it was possible Health Minister Tony Abbott breached electoral laws by failing to disclose his backing of court action against Pauline Hanson […]