Marriage equality plebiscite to resolve Coalition’s internal disagreement – @qldaah #auspol






Opinion The federal government is asking the people of Australia to resolve an internal party disagreement over same-sex marriage by conducting a plebiscite. We know this because Queensland Coalition MP for Dawson, George Christensen, doesn’t support same-sex marriage. Only yesterday he Tweeted his joy at Labor for “scuttling the plebiscite”. With @billshortenmp & @markdreyfusQCMP scuttling plebiscite, the […]






Recognition Yes: Two quick points from a whitefella – @qldaah #auspol






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Better ban the Bard if #SafeSchools scares you: @burgewords comments on Australia’s #NeoPuritans






Hated by the Puritans, the complete works of William Shakespeare was firmly entrenched in the Australian school syllabus decades ago. WESTERNERS have lived through many periods in which extreme Christians distributed anti-gay propaganda and thereby got the ear of authorities, and this month’s spat from Australia’s hard, religious right shows not much has changed in four hundred years. […]






Compassionistas Vs Christianistas: Choosing refugees based on religion highly unusual – @Qldaah #auspol






The Australian’s Chris Kenny has used the word “compassionistas” to decry people of “moral vanity” who responded to the current Syrian refugee crisis yet seemingly ignored the deaths at sea under the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government. Kenny wrote, “The moral poseurs – or compassionistas as I have called them – are at pains to show us their compassionate virtue but […]






Crystal ball predictions for politics 2014 by @sarah_capper






[clear] By Sarah [email protected]_capper 14th February 2014 Our federal representatives, who we ushered in with gusto last September, returned to Canberra this week – the land of what Wikipedia (hey, if it’s good enough for the Environment Minister) describes as being home to “politics, public service, pornography,pyrotechnics, pot and prostitution – the “Six P’s” as they are known.” Let’s make it […]






Cory’s book: Part 3 of a blow-by-blow fact check series by @adropex






By Lesley [email protected] 30th January 2014 Cory Bernardi opens the third chapter of his book, The Conservative Revolution, by stating the obvious: that children learn from their home environment and the people directly around them, generally through observation and participation; the better the environment and the role models, the better the lessons the child will carry […]






Has Abbott changed his mind on a Soviet-style media? @e2mq173 comments






By Errol [email protected] From Left Field 29th January 2014 Prime Minister Abbott seems to have changed his mind on Soviet-style media reforms. Despite criticising the proposed Gillard/Conroy media reforms of March 2013, Abbott now appears interested in additional regulation that would force the ABC to go a little easier on the government. In 2013, Abbott told […]






Abbott’s undeserving poor @e2mq173 comments






By Errol [email protected] From Left Field 27th January 2014 Tony Abbott appeals to the kind of voter who likes to believe in simple stereotypes and even simpler solutions. His attack on Australia’s welfare recipients is the latest version of a strain of conservative politics that relies on disparaging a set of people known as the ‘undeserving […]






Cory’s manifesto: Book review by Lola Montgomery @lolathevamp






By Lola [email protected] 24th January 2014 The Conservative Revolution hit the internet in a storm of outright criticism. Twitter was awash with Senator Cory Bernardi. The book became the Australian political punching bag of Amazon.com, with mock reviews serving as comedic outlet for many citizens’ frustration with the current Australian government. The reviewers mostly admitted […]






Cory Bernardi’s ideology: @stewarthase book review






By Stewart [email protected] 15 January 2014 The Conservative Revolution was worth reading for two main reasons. The first is that it gives a very clear view into the mind of the extreme Christian conservative. The reader gets to see the thinking, the ideology that drives the political agenda of people like Cory Bernardi. Thus, it […]