School chaplains – God knows why: @e2mq173 comments

  The school chaplaincy program is wasteful and indefensible government policy. Not only is the basis fundamentally flawed, it is one of the few areas of the budget that has consistently increased in cost with no discernible outcome. Prime Minister Howard announced a $90 million school chaplaincy scheme in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010 funding for […]

Corporate Australia – is that the best you can do? @e2mq173 comments

In an interview on ABC TV’s The World, BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie defended the Abbott/Hockey budget, saying the change in the national conversation about economic contribution would prevent a decline in Australia’s standard of living. In other words, you’re either an economic contributor – or you’re not. Mr Mackenzie’s comments reflect an underlying worldview […]

Seeking a Fair Go in a ‘World of Pain’ by @sarah_capper

It’s hard to fully comprehend, but just eight months after being elected, the Coalition-friendly News Limited broadsheet ‘The Australian’ ran with the headline, ‘Coalition in World of Pain’ emblazoned across its front page early this week. Sure, it was selectively quoting Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who had used the expression in justifying why the Government […]

Abbott’s Green Army a Trojan horse? @e2mq173 comments

There are many reasons for criticising PM Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey’s first budget – it is brutal, short-sighted and mean-spirited. One of the few budget themes commentators have not discussed widely is the impact on Australia’s environment. Landcare was established in the 1980s in regional Victoria and is regarded as a successful model […]