On Australian Politics
“In a democracy. the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.”
Bill Shorten – where the bloody hell are you?
As the Morrison government stumbles from fumble to bungle on a daily basis, Labor leader Bill Shorten is keeping a low profile. Would this not be his turn to shine, or is he just biding his time?
The Australian Spring of Politics
Democracy reform is long overdue. Is the election of independent Kerryn Phelps at the Wentworth by-election a sign of things to come – an Australian spring – led by independents? Or led by Bill Shorten? Or both.
The Wentworth by-election may be the most hotly contested in living memory, and it also reveals much about why our democracy is broken and needs fixing!
A Message to Canberra from a Young Australian
“If only you could see that a true man knows how to stand by, and with, his emotions, rather than voiding all responsibility for them.”
Au dair – it may be legal, but it ain’t right!
Power politics in Australia is getting ugly. Cabinet ministers are misusing their power and people in power are taking advantage of it.
The Laughing Stock of the World
I love the infectious laughter of the Kookaburra. It is the epitome not just of the Australian bush, but of the larrikin Australian. The ones that don’t take themselves too seriously. But lately the joke is on us, our politicians are making a laughing stock of our country, and for all the wrong reasons.
The major parties are failing democracy – it’s time to act!
The latest poll shows that the two major parties combined now only have support from two thirds of voters. The latest in an endless series of leadership ructions is part of the problem. Voters just don’t trust politicians and it is the party system that is to blame.
Why are we so afraid?
The debate about My Health Records is reminiscent of every such debate since the failed Australia Card scheme back in the eighties. Australians have a privacy obsession. What are we so afraid of?
The dearth of Brunswick (roadworks)
Men in hi-viz clothing standing around a roadworks site doing very little is an all too common sight. This is the story of a small roadworks project in idyllic Brunswick in northern New South Wales and the apparent wastage that explains why the country is going broke.