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

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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 […]

Australian #climate targets half of what is needed say scientists – @takvera #Auspol

Greg Hunt, Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop announcing Australia's post 2020 climate targets.

Australia’s post 2020 climate targets were approved in cabinet last night ahead of a Liberal and National Party room caucus meeting today. The post 2020 climate targets were announced at a press conference (See transcript and media release) today and amount to 26 to 28 per cent emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. In […]

Labor’s 50 percent #renewables policy bare minimum for staying under 2 degrees. #Auspol says @takvera

Mr Shorten views UNSW's rooftop solar panels with UNSW Engineering Dean Mark Hoffman, President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs, Professor Stuart Wenham, Professor Martin Green and Labor member Matt Thistlethwaite. Photo: Robert Largent.

Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s advocacy of a 50 per cent renewables target at Labor’s National conference in Melbourne has effectively made action on climate change a policy point of difference from the Abbott government for the next election. But the target has been assessed as the bare minimum renewables target for staying on a […]

Targeting women with Michaelia Cash – @Qldaah #auspol

Targeting women with Michaelia Cash.

The Minister Assisting the Minister for Women wants to set targets to encourage more female parliamentarians in the Liberal Party but does she have the right marketing formula?  No feminist This week, Nick Evershed and Shalailah Medhora reported that in terms of women in Australian politics, the gender gap has widened; “From a high point of 30.8 percent in 2009, the proportion […]

Advancing Qld – Budget 2015 – The #QldWeekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Advancing Queensland - Palaszczuk Government’s maiden budget.

Follow along as we cover the Queensland budget 2015. Table of contents  Advance Queensland – Palaszczuk’s maiden budget. (July 17, 2015) – LNP attacks Police Minister. (July 16, 2015) – Justice Margaret Wilson to head Barrett Inquiry. (July  15, 2015) – Post-budget day. July  14, 2015) – Budget day. (July  13, 2015) – Pre-budget eve. […]

Scare tactics and @TonyAbbottMHR’s war on #qanda over @ZakyMallah’s truth bomb: @jansant comments

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When the politicisation of “national security” morphs into a vicious attack on the independence of our Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it’s another sign Australia is racing down the road towards a fascist state. This confected outrage about #qanda reveals the depth of the totalitarian impulse in this government. It frightens me. — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) […]

#CommanderInGaffe – PM bumbles his way through “Allegiance to Australia” bill: @Qldaah #auspol

Commander-In-Gaffe - Bumbling PM reveals secret ASIO terrorism maps to the world.

Blog of media reports on the “Commander-in-gaffe” story. Check back regularly for updates.   (Jump to comments section) Introduction. (June 26, 2015)  – ASIO using Washington Post maps. (June 25, 2015)  – Questions over maps. (June 24, 2015)  – Abbott in ASIO bunker. . Introduction As his “Allegiance to Australia” legislation was about to be […]

Abbott declares war on Qld education – The #QldWeekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

The Queensland Weekly Blogazine - Tony Abbott declares war on Qld education.

Follow as we cover the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Recommended read – Sarah Binney. Tony Abbott declares war on Qld education. (June 26, 2015) – Carmody returning to work. (June 25, 2015) – Gunning for Qld. (June 24, 2015) – Adani halts project. (June 23, 2015) – Premiers in retreats. (June […]

By hook or by crook – The #CashForTurnbacks scandal: @Qldaah #auspol

By Hook Or By Crook - The #CashForTurnbacks scandal.

Live blog of the media reports on the “cash for turnbacks” crisis. Check back regularly for updates.   (Jump to comments section) Introduction. (August 6, 2015) – Saving lives. (July 20, 2015)  – AFP essential priority. (June 24, 2015)  – Senate inquiry to launch. (June 20, 2015)  – Counter allegations. (June 19, 2015)  – Justifying […]

A #Budget2015 for the true believers: @DrCraigEmerson comments

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This Budget is for the true believers, the Liberal Party base that has stuck with Tony Abbott through thick and thin but was threatening to desert him for Julie Bishop, Scott Morrison or, if they could stomach his belief in global warming, Malcolm Turnbull. Among these true believers are good, hard-working people who have taken […]