The killing of the plebiscite: @burgewords comments on #MarriageEquality

Our position, and the position the LGBTI community wants us to advocate, is very simple: no plebiscite under any circumstances, just a free vote. THERE has been no progress on marriage equality in Australia since long before former Prime Minister Tony Abbott tricked his moderate frontbenchers into a marathon joint party room meeting with the hard-right National Party in August 2015 and gave Australia a new word to debate at dinner parties. Abbott got the idea about a public vote on same-sex marriage from his Independent nemeses Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshott, who first uttered the P-Word during Julia Gillard’s prime ministership. “It would lower the temperature of the political debate and would provide some back-up […]

Stop the guns: Tony Abbott saved Australia. Again. – @Qldaah #auspol

The debate over the Adler 110 shotgun reaches new levels of absurdity in Canberra. You probably missed it but somewhere back in 2015 Prime Minister Tony Abbott threw himself into the breach once more to save the country. This time it wasn’t in the path of raggedly dressed refugees on boats. This time it was real. This time he’d stared down shotguns. We never knew the sacrifice he’d made until this week when he retrospectively coined a new three letter slogan, ‘stop the guns’. More specifically, he’d initiated a customs ban on the importation of the new Adler 110 lever action shotgun that could carry 7 cartridges in its magazine over the current legally available model […]

Malcolm Turnbull’s worst day at the office – @Qldaah #auspol

Nauru, the Adler shotgun and liberty.

Divorced from reality: @burgewords comments on the Coalition’s #MarriageEquality problem

The Coalition will just have to take care of itself, because the political wedge has finally hit its target. AFTER the Coalition’s narrow win, the plebiscite on Marriage Equality should be getting ready to kick off, yet the same election promise has been blamed for the major swing against Malcolm Turnbull. And the paradox has all the hallmarks of failure. In one of his delayed post-victory interviews, Malcolm Turnbull conceded the plebiscite would have to be pushed ahead to 2017. His reason: “My commitment to have it dealt with as soon as practicable is there, but we… have to obtain the support of the Senate,” Mr Turnbull told Leigh Sales […]

How @margokingston1 saw Hansonism in 2004

  Intro: Extract of Still Not Happy, John: Defending our Democracy (Penguin 2007) Democracy v. the Beast Her appeal was simply that she represented something authentic  in a culture of artefact. She was transparent in an era during  which the political class have become expert at concealment. She was a still point in a culture of spin. She advanced our politics even if it was only to the extent of showing us what we might be up against if we chose to get involved as she did. Maybe others will learn  from her mistakes Webdiarist Dr Tim Dunlop, an opponent of Pauline Hanson’s policies I do not believe that the […]

Tears, Queensland Nickel and the ‘moral hazard’: Analysis – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Parliamentary records show how in 2014 the Abbott Government attempted to erode the remuneration component of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee. Queensland Coalition MP Ewan Jones teared up on Friday as he spoke of the hardship facing workers in his electorate of Herbert after the collapse of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery near Townsville. “This is a tough day,” he blubbed before being consoled with reassuring pats from Senator Michaelia Cash. Cash spruiked her government’s commitment to the workers through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme. “I have exercised discretion under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme so that former Queensland Nickel workers can access a contribution towards their unpaid entitlements,” she said. However, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace […]

Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present were local Federal Liberal National Party member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and LNP Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. Now, in that part of Queensland a handshake is considered as good as a signature on a contract. Both mayors had been campaigning for an upgrade to the region’s ailing telecommunications network for ten years. According to Queensland Country […]

The collected rage of Chris Kenny post-Abyan interview – @Qldaah #auspol

Analysis The Australian’s associate editor and former chief of staff to Malcolm Turnbull, Chris Kenny was the first and only journalist to be granted a visa to visit and report on the Australian asylum seeker detention centres located on the island nation of Nauru. Neither the paper or Kenny would confirm if the $8,000 application fee was paid. A storm of criticism hit Kenny when he filed a report on alleged rape victim Abyan. As abortion is illegal on Nauru, the pregnant mother had been flown to Australia for the procedure. It did not take place and Abyan was returned to Nauru. The Australian Government maintained that she told officials on Australian soil that she […]

Gold Coast light rail is go! – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Check back for updates. Table of contents (October 17, 2015) – Smoking bans to be widened. (October 16, 2015) – CSG, drought: tough times for farmers. (October 15, 2015) – Far North Qld local council allegations. (October 14, 2015) – Coding and robotics for schools. (October 13, 2015) – Can Do back in the House. (October 12, 2015) – Billy Gordon back in the news. (October 11, 2015) – Gold Coast light rail. . (October 17, 2015) – Smoking bans to be widened Speaker Peter Wellington labels The Courier Mail’s Des Houghton a liar Speaker @pwellingtonmp calls for @couriermail retraction over inaccurate @DesHoughton […]

#SeaLevelRise comment engulfs Dutton, Abbott in #Auspol #Pacific #climate storm – @takvera

Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has made a joke of Pacific Nations facing rising sea levels due to climate change. The Australian Prime Minister, recently returned from meeting with Pacific Island Nations in Port Moresby, laughed at the joke, before Social Services Minister Scott Morrison pointed out the boom microphone overhead. [View the story “#SeaLevelRise comment engulfs Dutton, Abbott in Pacific #climate storm” on Storify]