The Green extremists are holding the majority hostage, even though they only have one seat, claims the right wing commentariat. But that one seat and voice in parlimanent represents the 11.76% of Australians who voted for them, writes Jeremy Sear.
The Australian has framed news that the Commonwealth will have less power over vetoing state and territory laws as a win for Greens’ Leader Bob Brown on gay marriage. But it goes far beyond whatever power Brown yields in parliament, writes Amber Jamieson.
Last week Fairfax columnist Paul Sheehan fed the idea that Islam is a monolithic entity that’s fundamentally incompatible with western values. That’s what’s wrong with the current debate about Islam, says writer and filmmaker Ruby Hamad.
Crikey media wrap: The water hasn’t finished receding and the cleanup has barely begun, but the blame game has already started. Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is calling for an “open and transparent inquiry”, run by the state, into the floods.
The latest Newspoll has the two-party vote at 50-50, after an anomalous 52-48 in Labor’s favour a fortnight ago. The Labor lead from a fortnight ago may have proved ephemeral, but the improvement in Julia Gillard’s personal ratings has mostly stuck, reports William Bowe.
Eyebrows continue to be raised over Greens preference deals in the lead-up to Saturday’s Victorian state election, none more so than in the seat of Essendon where candidate Rose Iser is listing an anti-abortion advocate who was last year embroiled in a racist email controversy as the second pick on her how-to-vote card.
The ALP has moved to shore up its credibility with inner-city leftistes in the lead-up to the Victorian state election, in a last ditch bid to avoid the federal debacle that saw its 104-year old fiefdom of Melbourne fall to the Greens.
Refugee groups are urging the government to go further with its decision to allow children of asylum seekers to be released from detention, with the Greens pushing for the policy to be enshrined in law.
Where the Greens candidates sit on the ballot paper has an impact on the size of the vote they receive, beyond a standard donkey vote. The closer to the top of the ballot paper, the bigger the swing to the Greens candidate. Possum Comitatus explains.
Where to begin with Miranda Devine’s hate-mongering column at her new News Ltd digs, “What it really means to be Green”? To start with, it’s not a good sign when your opening salvo is nothing more than a smear by association, says Jeremey Sear.
Julia Gillard can afford to be reasonably satisfied with the first week of the rest of her government. But the crossbenchers are ready and eager to exploit their temporary power bases, particularly on climate change and the war in Afghanistan.
The US Senate might not be able to agree on many things but this week there was a unanimous vote to on a bill to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt.
Should Labor be celebrating its election victory or staying quietly grateful that it held on? PM Gillard can’t just pander to the Left and the Greens now or she’ll lose her narrow lead, says Peter van Onselen.