The weirdest news story of the week has been Kevin Rudd’s promise that, if re-elected this year, he will serve out the full three years of his next term. Well golly gosh and stuff me up a dead bear’s bum. Did anyone seriously imagine otherwise?
A fiery public meeting of 300 people in Alice Springs yesterday was told by Indigenous leader Pat Turner that the Federal Government’s intervention legislation was “a national shame”, writes Graham Ring from Alice Springs.
The government's 500 page bill on the Indigenous intervention raced through the lower house of federal parliament and stopped to catch its breath -- albeit fleetingly -- in a senate committee before becoming law. So how do the two major parties differ on the issue?
Guy Rundle and the facile left have long since decided that militant Islam’s hatred of America more than compensated for its hatred of democracy, diversity and tolerance. They apply the same reasoning at home, so it’s no surprise to learn that they aren’t prepared to slaughter their sacred cows for the sake of a few boong kids.
Compared with the period 1991-96, the early Howard years of 1996-2001 indicated that, in relative terms, indigenous socioeconomic status, as measured by health, housing, education and employment indicators, was declining. Later this year, we will have 2006 census data that will provide evidence about how the Howard Government has fared in its later, perhaps last, years, writes Jon Altman.