Best Polly Ticks Quotes and Moments of 2013

by Sarah Capper 23 December 2013 A week is a long time in politics. A year is an excruciating amount of time, and as we near the end of 2013, our third prime minister for the year has just reached his first 100 days in office. Awww. In many senses, it’s been Tony Abbott’s year. So what does this year in politics look like – in the “suppository of wisdom” of quotable quotes? Beyond the delivery of our PM’s trademark “Umm, Ah, Yeah, Um,” response? Some people said Abbott’s election would provide Australia with its ‘George Bush’ moment [shiver], but in terms of adding to the rich history of Australian political […]

Howard’s Bush barbecue memories to prepare for Abbott government

By Margo Kingston, 24 August, 2013 Wondering who will be in the Abbott Government’s club? It took a while, but back in 2003 Webdiarists and I worked out who Howard invited to his barbecue with George Bush. Believe it or not the guest list was a secret, and there’ll be many more of those, folks. Paul Ramsey of Ramsey Health Care was there, along with other big Liberal donors. Paul will also get rewarded by Howard’s political son Abbott. Mike Seccombe revealed this week that Paul keeps giving the Libs bucketloads of cash. This is the opening chapter of Still not happy, John: Defending our democracy (Penguin, 1997). Disclosing John Howard’s Elite Beware of he who would […]

A day in the life of Our House under siege

By Margo Kingston May 8, 2013 Margo: In this chapter from my book, I detail the unprecedented mauling of press, parliamentary and citizen’s freedom in Parliament by Howard when George Bush came to Canberra in 2003. Brandis was in the thick of it, and made no protest. My contemporaneous report of the events is Parliament meets Bush: A day in the life of our faltering democracy Political systems have much more frequently been overthrown by their own corruption and decay than by external forces Robert Menzies, ‘The Sickness of Democracy’, from The Forgotten People radio broadcasts, 1942 The anti-democratic hustle On 8 October 2003 John Howard’s government lied to the Australian people to obtain their Parliament’s consent […]