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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 […]

When the war on terror turns technical

Crikey August 5, 2005

Premier Iemma is moving quickly to impose his footprint on the war on terror. He apparently wants citizens enrolled as “terror marshals,” an idea floated on his behalf today by The Daily Telegraph. Meanwhile, Lord Mayor Clover Moore wants police to monitor spy cameras for terrorist types (report here). At first blush, mobilising a vigilant […]

Khemlani eyes Miss World

Crikey August 4, 2005

Keep an eye out for this one: Hosting the 2008 Miss World contest could do for Brisbane what the Olympics did for Sydney, our friend Michael Johnson says – and he’s formed a committee to lobby for the event. “This competition has an audience of almost three billion so it’s going to be great jobs, […]

Jakarta’s missile deal with Beijing

Crikey August 4, 2005

Admittedly, it’s not as sexy as the Schapelle Corby story, but we thought you might like to know that Indonesia is seeking China’s help in reviving a 41-year-old program to build short- and medium-range missiles that could be used to replace US fighter jets grounded by a long-running arms embargo. The Financial Times has reported […]

How our Electoral Commission works

Crikey August 4, 2005

If you’re an organisation that’s vital to democracy and carrying out a specific task, you’d put staff on to it, right? Er… Not if you’re the Australian Electoral Commission. A punter writes: A few weeks ago I received a letter from the AEC addressed to my previous residential address (a few hundred metres from my […]

Coup in Mauritania while the president’s away

Crikey August 4, 2005

The presidential guard in Mauritania, an impoverished Islamic nation in north-west Africa, seized power in a coup yesterday, deposing president Sid Ahmed Taya, who was away at King Fahd’s funeral in Saudi Arabia. Taya’s government had moved closer to the US recently, supporting the “war on terror,” opening full diplomatic ties with Israel and undertaking […]

A new front in the IR battle

Crikey August 4, 2005

So far, the debate on the Howard Government’s proposed industrial relations reform has concentrated on the effects of the changes themselves – loss of workers’ rights versus increased workplace flexibility, or something of that sort. But an article today, by The Australian‘s new legal affairs editor Chris Merritt, tries to shift the focus to their […]

Morris courts the media

Crikey August 4, 2005

Christian Kerr writes: We seem to keep on going back to last Sunday’s Sun-Herald to learn about Morris Iemma. “His supporters claim that the absence of policy positions, political convictions and ideological commitments means that Iemma is ‘baggage-free’ and ‘without any negatives’ and therefore an ideal premier-elect,” wrote Alex Mitchell. “Conversely, there is the alarming […]

The Consulting Room

Crikey August 4, 2005

Dark ‘n’ dirty deeds today. “I was young when Nixon resigned before he could be impeached and watched the Clinton impeachment process,” Simon writes. “Do we have anything that’s equivalent and how do our politicians tough it out?” Put politics on the couch in The Consulting Room and by getting your questions to consultingroom@crikey.com.au.

Christian Kerr’s snippets

Crikey August 4, 2005

Khemlani eyes Miss World: Keep an eye out for this one: Hosting the 2008 Miss World contest could do for Brisbane what the Olympics did for Sydney, our friend Michael Johnson says – and he’s formed a committee to lobby for the event. “This competition has an audience of almost three billion so it’s going […]