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 […]






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 […]






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 […]






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 […]






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 […]






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, […]






#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 […]






Compassionistas Vs Christianistas: Choosing refugees based on religion highly unusual – @Qldaah #auspol






The Australian’s Chris Kenny has used the word “compassionistas” to decry people of “moral vanity” who responded to the current Syrian refugee crisis yet seemingly ignored the deaths at sea under the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government. Kenny wrote, “The moral poseurs – or compassionistas as I have called them – are at pains to show us their compassionate virtue but […]






Local #IndiTalks media slams @MirabellaSophie’s “playground politics”: @Jansant reports






Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) and Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) have been accused of “playground politics” during the Spirit Of Anzac launch in Wodonga on Friday, by snubbing “people’s choice” independent, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy) and using the event to promote their party for the next federal election. The Border Mail (@bordermail) editorial said: respect for […]






#MarriageEquality on the never never: @burgewords on the politics of hope






It’s clear marriage equality will remain just a high hope TONY Abbott has knocked Australian progressives and moderate Liberals into motionless disappointment on marriage equality. The biggest political football of his government has been booted around by parliament again. There’ll be a few free kicks when the cross-party marriage equality bill comes before parliament, but […]