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Crikey August 5, 2005

Dear Christian: Are some same sex couples more equal in the eyes of our federal bureaucracy – even within the same departments? I gather there are some curious anomalies out there. Dear Stonewall: Now here’s a curious case study – and would you believe that it comes from the moralising Monk’s own health officials. It […]

Kim Beazley’s Tampa

Crikey August 5, 2005

Dr Nicholas Gruen writes: Most dominant and successful federal politicians have usually been conviction politicians. But getting the mix between conviction and pragmatism is necessary – and difficult. You have to persevere and risk making mistakes. John Howard followed this formula. Beazley could too – even from the disadvantaged position of Opposition. That’s if he […]

Why Tassie Libs are ripping themselves to pieces

Crikey August 5, 2005

Is an early election looming in the Apple Isle? There are hints in the Hobart Mercury this morning – along with the news that the local Libs are preparing by ripping themselves to pieces. Both the party president, Carol Humphreys, and state director, Peter Skillern, have walked – and both are refusing to express their […]

Christian Kerr’s political snippets

Crikey August 5, 2005

Bob Carr’s imperial delusions: “There was only one Roman emperor between 27 BC and 476 to have retired. Do you know his name? Diocletian. The only one,” Bob Carr told David Marr last week. In the interests of politeness, we’ll overlook the similarity of his comments to Enoch Powell’s remark of quarter of a century […]

Khemlani’s koncupiscent kapers

Crikey August 5, 2005

A picture says a thousand words – and this Khemlani kandid from yesterday’s Courier-Mail on his Miss World duties is a beauty (geddit?!?). Still, we can’t help adding a few words of our own: “Khemlani kraves kute kans for kontest” or “Khemlani kraves kute kontest kandy”. “Mr Johnson has spent the past three days judging […]

66% of Australians believe nonsense, says Rumsfeld

Crikey August 5, 2005

The debate about the connection between the Iraq war and our vulnerability to terrorism just keeps getting more surreal. Donald Rumsfeld is the latest to weigh in, who says this morning that “some people… seem to cling to the discredited theory that the recent attacks in London and elsewhere, for example, are really in retaliation […]

Blow to Holt conspiracy theory

Crikey August 5, 2005

There should be some sort of prize for the sub-editor responsible for this headline in this morning’s Age: “Source behind Holt-to-China theory discredited“. Well really! As if anything further was needed to discredit him. Younger readers might not remember that in 1983 Anthony Grey published a book in which he claimed that Harold Holt did […]

Dubya stumbles in south-western Ohio

Crikey August 5, 2005

Remember Ohio? It was the swing state that gave George W Bush his narrow victory in last year’s presidential election. Now it’s been the scene of a fresh electoral test for the administration, and they won’t be happy with the result. In a by-election for Ohio’s second congressional district held this week, the Democrats scored […]

Morris Iemma’s new infrastructure guru

Crikey August 5, 2005

Yesterday’s Crikey had the subscriber-contributed line: “Is it just me or is Morris Iemma’s new line-up of ministers starting to resemble the cast from the movie Wise Guys?” It’s a great line, wish I had thought of it. As a general rule of thumb, you can always tell when the back room bovver boys of […]

Refshauge’s legacy: the fine print matters

Crikey August 5, 2005

Just an hour after Andrew Refshauge stood down on Tuesday as NSW deputy premier and treasurer, a colourful crowd of aging agitators, unionists, politicians, journalists and citizens gathered in Melbourne to pay final tribute to the man who 20 years ago helped pave the way for Refshauge’s ascent. History will record Refshauge as a good […]