Harley Dennett

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Essential: class warfare tag not winning voters

Essential: class warfare tag not winning voters

May 21, 2012 2

Australians don’t buy the Coalition’s argument that the government is engaging in “class warfare”, according to new polling from Essential Research. A quarter of the electorate don’t know what to think, but a near majority believe the government is trying to ensure all Australians benefit from the mining boom and other wealth derived from Australia’s […]

US reveals plans to put nukes in your neighbourhood

May 11, 2012 11

The US would redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to the Asia-Pacific and ask regional allies to host nuclear weapons in plans added to the draft Pentagon budget.

Gay marriage and US politics: Romney and Obama can’t pick a side

May 8, 2012

Two prominent Democrats have come out in support of gay marriage, while Republican Mitt Romney is pressured to distance himself from the issue.

Avalanche of submissions on gay marriage an uneasy consensus

April 23, 2012 11

Parliamentary committee staff has never had more work thrust upon it than the interest generated by three bills seeking to amend the Marriage Act. Is there any hope of consensus?

Double standards from the ADF as ruling excuses gay cyber bullying

Double standards from the ADF as ruling excuses gay cyber bullying

December 6, 2011 4

With gay marriage opponents pushing the line that everything is hunky-dory for gay people so please stop whinging, an ADF inquiry has given a free pass to anti-gay bullying and death threats.

US debt: Obama threatens veto after supercommittee fails

November 22, 2011 10

Barack Obama has upped the pressure on Republicans to agree to some tax increases as part of US deficit reduction by threatening to veto any attempt to undo automatic cuts to the military.

Occupy Wall Street: a Tea Party by any other name

October 5, 2011 6

Tea Party activists and the much younger Occupy Wall Street protesters are in furious agreement that they are not alike. But neither generation has exclusive ownership of the frustration sweeping the US.

Now they ask, and they’re happy to tell: stories from the frontline

September 21, 2011 4

Pentagon officials signed the death certificate for the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ban on known gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers today with a rowdy cheer more akin to civilian political rallies than a military ceremony.

Fox News stirs for America’s next class war

September 20, 2011 16

Barack Obama's plan to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share of tax has sent Fox News into DEFCON 1.

Obama’s jobs plan: stimulus is still a four-letter word

September 9, 2011 6

There’s a rare and genuine sense of hope in Washington tonight since nobody shouted "You Lie!" or walked out of the Barack Obama’s much anticipated jobs speech to a joint session of Congress.