Qantas CEO Alan Joyce makes grist for Hockey’s mill @e2mq173 comments

By Errol Brandt @e2mq173 The Abbott Government has finally found its cause célèbre, the platform from which to prosecute its case for industrial relations reform. The latest financial results from Qantas confirm that it is in serious trouble and that something must be done. The only question is what? The Abbott Government has refused to offer […]

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 […]

Freedom commissioner Tim Wilson: method to Abbott’s madness @e2mq173 comments

By Errol Brandt [email protected] The Abbott government has been kind to its supporters by rewarding a number of them with plum government roles. The first came as a spiteful act by Julie Bishop. Days before former Victorian Labor premier Steve Bracks was due to start as Consul-General in New York, Julie Bishop cancelled the appointment […]

Holden, Qantas – one door closes, another opens @e2mq173 comments

Comment by Errol Brandt [email protected] From Left Field 16 December 2013 PM Abbott and Treasurer Hockey are obviously deeply upset about Holden’s decision to cease manufacturing in Australia – crocodile tears for the jobs, real tears for the loss of opportunity to beat up the trade unions. One door closes – another opens . . […]

Abbott’s transport rear vision takes us nowhere @e2mq173 comments

By Errol Brandt [email protected] 13 December 2013 It’s clear that the Abbott government lacks vision. Its attack on the Climate Commission, dismantling of Gonski, ‘cheap and nasty’ NBN and its unwillingness to cooperate with Holden all bear testament to a government with a profound lack of concern for the future. The Abbott government’s next target […]

Double and triple flipskis: Abbott’s first 100 days @e2mq173 comments

By Errol Brandt When Barack Obama took office, he inherited a massive financial crisis.  His first actions as US president aimed to restore confidence and stability in financial markets.  After his first 100 days, Obama still enjoyed 65% approval.  His support was as broad as it was deep:  high-income, low-income, black, white, religious and non-religions […]

Can Pope Francis stop Catholic casinos in Australia? @e2mq173 comments

By Errol Brandt Last week, Pope Francis set himself and the Catholic church an enormous challenge.  His Apostolic Exhortation called for decentralisation of power and a renewed focus on shattering the ‘idolatry of money’.  This pope seems less concerned by abortion, contraception and homosexuality and more concerned with the treatment of the poor and disadvantaged […]

The road to economic vandalism in Victoria @e2mq173 comments

By Errol Brandt November 19th 2013 In 2010, the Liberal/National coalition was elected in Victoria on a promise of investment in public transport. After ditching Premier Ted Baillieu in March 2013, the LNP appear to have abandoned public transport in favour of a series of massive new toll roads, championed by Baillieu’s replacement, Premier Denis […]

Peak car: has Australia reached the limit? @e2mq173 reports

By Errol Brandt Tony Abbott told Australians during the election campaign that he wanted to be known as ‘the infrastructure Prime Minister’.  He may have made an excellent ‘infrastructure Prime Minister’ in 1963, but his ideas on transport don’t make sense in 2013. Abbott believes that the federal government should not fund urban rail.  With […]