Abbott, Australia’s first regressive Liberal PM: @e2mq173 comments






Tony Abbott’s decision to reintroduce anachronistic titles reveals an underlying truth about his government. Not content to be merely a conservative Liberal government, Abbott is leading the nation’s first regressive Liberal government. Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has been openly critical of Mr Abbott, calling him “dangerous” and “unpredictable”. This is not surprising, considering […]






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 […]






Loggers ‘the ultimate conservationists’: Abbott’s environment vandalism policy






Speech delivered by Tony Abbott to the Forestworks Dinner in Canberra Tuesday, 4 March 2014 Julie, I want to thank you very much indeed for that kind introduction. It’s nice to have a list of things recounted to an appreciative audience – it really is nice. But the most important fact, at least insofar I suspect […]






Reza’s death demands a judicial inquiry, but where is the pressure? @GregDyett reports






[clear] By Margo Kingston [email protected] 27th February 2014 Here is the transcript and audio of  this evening’s SBS World Radio item by Greg Dyett @GregDyett on the Manus Island detention centre review and whether it will do the job. I’m thrilled there are a few journalists who understand how important this matter is for the […]






Abbott’s attack on ABC proves politicians are free press chameleons – @journlaw reports






[clear] By Mark [email protected] 5th February 2014 Politicians are free expression chameleons. Regardless of their political colours, they are inevitably staunch advocates of a free media and the free flow of information while in opposition. When they win government they tend to shut down criticism and negative press by implementing policies and passing laws to limit […]






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 […]






Griffith grudge match: Glasson’s Gladiators vs Butler’s Battlers @GriffithElects reports






By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 25th January 2014 Having a Prime Minister as the sitting member drew significant attention to Griffith during the 2013 federal election, but there is a sense that this time around the eyes of the nation will be on Griffith with renewed interest, many seeing this by-election as the first test for […]






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 […]






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 […]