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Bligh trumps St Mary McKillop as model of virtue, rectitude

Bligh trumps St Mary McKillop as model of virtue, rectitude

January 17, 2011 11 Comments

Seldom has an Australian politician received the kind of accolades accorded to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh after the disastrous floods that engulfed her state.

For Gillard and Abbott, it’s storm clouds at 20 paces

For Gillard and Abbott, it’s storm clouds at 20 paces

January 10, 2011 6 Comments

For the first couple of weeks of 2011 the big story has been the weather -- it well and truly pushed politics off the front pages.

Mungo: Chris Mitchell and The Oz … it just ain’t cricket

December 20, 2010 6 Comments

The Australian again has become a haven for sceptics, deniers and downright nutters.

Mungo: WikiLeaks principle critical, but contents … oh well

December 13, 2010 11 Comments

Julian Assange may not merit a Nobel prize, but he sure as hell doesn’t deserve to be persecuted either. If we are serious about defending democracy, he is not our enemy but our new best friend.

Nuclear debate will end, not with a bang but a phut

December 6, 2010 43 Comments

It must be the silly season. The old arguments are all back on the agenda, and none of them is more thoroughly worn than the one about Australia going nuclear.

Gillard’s welcome show of strength on Telstra

Gillard’s welcome show of strength on Telstra

November 29, 2010 3 Comments

It was a fitting climax to Labor’s tumultuous parliamentary year. Julia Gillard finally brought off a big win with the passage of the Telstra legislation, but hostile commentators were still able to spin it as a defeat.

Government can’t have a bob each way on boat people

Government can’t have a bob each way on boat people

November 15, 2010 17 Comments

The Liberal Party's cadaver in waiting, Phillip Ruddock, described last week’s High Court decision on the rights of asylum seekers as "diabolical." The misuse of the word was so grotesque as to suggest that the former Immigration Minister and Attorney-General’s use of it might have itself been satanic inspiration.

For Gillard, banks a perfect opportunity to get on with it

For Gillard, banks a perfect opportunity to get on with it

November 8, 2010 6 Comments

Julia Gillard is there to govern and must be seen to be doing so. To be -- how should one put it? -- moving forward. Banks may be providing her a perfect opportunity to do so.

Two virility symbols and a saint … lucky country indeed

Two virility symbols and a saint … lucky country indeed

October 18, 2010 20 Comments

Judging from the shambling swagger he affects these days (part-Western gunslinger, part-silverback gorilla) Tony Abbott is brimming with confidence.

Labor has little to lose by going hard on Murray-Darling

October 11, 2010 14 Comments

The Murray-Darling Basin is not just Australia’s major food bowl, but an important economic resource in its own right.