When Australian prime minister Tony Abbott paused on the lawn of Parliament House to engage a group of high school students in conversation, he may have been hoping to impress some future voters. However, the questions fired at him by the 14-year-olds - about asylum seekers, gay marriage and why he has appointed himself Minister for Women - seemed to take him aback
(warning: camera is level with Abbott's crotch.)
The students involved
later participated in the March in March
– a series of protests against current government policies which took place in 29 locations across Australia over three days. Despite over 100,000 turning out, the protests was little coverage by mainstream media – leading to criticism
even from within
the media’s own ranks
posted by andraste
on Mar 18, 2014 -
Hard right Conservative
South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi
, who in 2012 year was removed as parliamentary secretary and opposition whip to Tony Abbott as a result of arguing that same-sex marriages would lead to legalised polygamy and bestiality
, is no stranger to controversy.
A noted climate change sceptic
, and critic of both Islam
and publicly-funded broadcasting
, Bernardi has just published his manifesto -- The Conservative Revolution
-- calling for "a reversal back to sanity and reason"
Reviews on Amazon have been less than favourable
, but his book has put contentious issues such as abortion
, the structure
of the modern family and WorkChoices
firmly at centrestage as the unpopular conservative government seeks to reconnect with voters
who so comprehensively removed the Labor Party from Government in September 2013.
that the danger in Bernardi's comments is that they shift the goalposts on what is considered outrageous
, and re-ignite
the culture wars
. Or is it too late
The Prime Minister has again been forced to distance himself from Bernardi's views
, and Warren Entch has criticised him for his "gay obsession
In 2012 the Global Mail called him Australia's Sarah Palin
, but he also shares the Six Fs philosophy
of Rick Santorum
: Faith, Family, Flag, Free enterprise, Federation and Freedom
posted by Mezentian
on Jan 7, 2014 -
Peter Hartcher, political editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, tells the story of the self-immolation of the Australian Labor party and the political destruction of two prime ministers, in a five part series: Meltdown
. [more inside]
posted by kithrater
on Nov 20, 2013 -
Australian Federal Election time is heading into high gear now that the official list of candidates has been finalised—and it is a long one! With a record number of candidates
in the 2013 election, it can be awfully tempting to just vote above the line for the Senate, especially as many believe that voting below the line means wasting your vote. Thankfully, Dennis the Election Koala
is here to explain why you can't waste your vote. (It also makes a good intro to preferential voting for those still mystified by it.) [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel
on Aug 21, 2013 -
Antony Green's Election Calculator
Compare your own predictions with Antony Green’s. Handy list of recent past polls to see just what sort of caning the Gillard government might be in for. Probably more fun for coalition voters than Labor voters.
posted by mattoxic
on Mar 18, 2013 -
"Despite promises that the 43rd Parliament would be kindlier and gentler, it has been characterised by vitriol in question time, a Prime Minister labelled a liar - and outside Parliament, a bitch - and an Opposition Leader called an extremist. Both sides complain the other is mean.
" [So much for kinder, gentler politics
posted by vidur
on Apr 17, 2011 -
As reported a few hours ago in The Australian
, the right wing faction of the Australian Labor Party rolls
on Rudd and a caucus meeting is scheduled for 9 tomorrow morning, where it's predicted that he'll lose the ballot. One senior party source said: "This crypto-facist made no effort to build a base within the party and now his only faction - Newspoll - has deserted him. He is gone."
posted by unliteral
on Jun 23, 2010 -
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard was booted out in the 2007 elections. He had been Prime Minister for 11 years and in that time he had taken the country to war and divided the country on issues like Aboriginal reconciliation and workplace reforms. The Howard Years
, a four part documentary originally screened on the ABC, is now online and available to view for free and takes a detailed look at the legacy of his Prime Ministership. The four part series explores in greater detail than ever before Howard's fractured relationship with his deputy and heir apparent, Peter Costello, and also contains some startling revelations from Howard Government ministers that many candidly admit they would never have told you while they were still in Government.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 8, 2008 -
Senator On-Line (‘SOL’) is a truly democratic party
which will allow everyone on the Australian Electoral roll who has access to the internet to vote on every Bill put to Parliament and have its Senators vote in accordance with a clear majority view. They will be running candidates for the upcoming federal Upper House (Senate) elections.
posted by finite
on Nov 15, 2007 -
is a collection of photographs, texts of speeches, transcripts of debates and political ads from Australian election campaigns (both State and Federal) from 1901 to the present day. More materials will be added when they become available.
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 25, 2007 -
And we're off
! Prime Minister John Howard has set the date for the Australian Federal election as November 24th, meaning we're up for a long six-week campaign. With Kevin Rudd leading the PM by between 16 to 18 points
(depending on who you read) in recent opinion polls, this election seems the most likely to provide a change of Government since Howard was first elected 11 years ago. Antony Green's usual excellent election guide is up and running here
, along with an excellent calculator
which shows which seats are up for grabs dependent on a 2 party preferred
swing. You might also want to check out the Vote-O-Matic
, a fun but entirely disposable quiz which aims to help you decide who you'll vote for. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 13, 2007 -
Google launches a site dedicated to the upcoming Australian Federal Election
with Youtube channels from each party, electoral boundaries integrated into Google Maps, a search engine to allow you to view what each candidate has said on a range of issues, from immigration to interest rates, news from your electorate, and graphs of media activity on candidates and issues. Australians have been lacking a comprehensive political resource like the UK's The Work For You
, and Google has brought it one step closer. Unfortunately, many of the resources are in the form of gadgets you add to your iGoogle homepage, rather than standalone applications.
posted by Jimbob
on Sep 16, 2007 -
Australia: the new 51st state
John Howard's servility to the US is even greater than Tony Blair's. "John Pilger," wrote Harold Pinter, "unearths, with steely attention facts, the filthy truth. I salute him." via New Statesman.
posted by adamvasco
on Mar 5, 2007 -
It seems increasingly more likely that Saddam Hussein's regime was getting kickbacks
from the Australian Wheat Board
and, worse still, the Australian Government may have known about it
. This major scandal is causing big headaches for the Australian Government and is emerging as a diplomatic sore point between the US and one of its strongest Iraq War allies. The Australian Opposition is calling for the official inquiry into the matter, the Cole Inquiry, to be widened
, whilst in the US, several US senators
including Norm Coleman
and Patty Murray
are demanding answers whilst simultaneously calling for a ban on Australian wheat. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 1, 2006 -
You say bodyline
, I say leg theory
. Either way, the origins of one of sport's most enduring rivalries (leading to a near diplomatic crisis) make for a fascinating read to the budding cricket enthusiast. No wonder people turned out in their thousands
to queue in the early hours for the final day of another nail-biting test. It's turning into a hell of an ashes series
posted by nthdegx
on Aug 15, 2005 -
"I think I'm big enough to play the game"
says Australian Parliament member Barry Haase, referring to his "purchase" for a day by brothel owner Mary-Anne Kenworthy (heh heh, she said 'member'). Auctioned to the highest bidder (he fetched $1000Australian) at the local Rotary Club charity auction, Haase will perform such duties as cleaning the brothel in a "frilly apron" and conducting a tour of the premises. Wonder if he'll wear anything besides what the proprietress' called her "tour hat"...
posted by runthegamut
on Aug 28, 2002 -
Australia and Europe incensed over U.S. lies on free trade
Bush: "The final provisions of the farm Bill are also consistent with America's international trade obligations, which will strengthen our ability to open foreign markets for American farm products".
In other words, free trade good when we sell to you, bad when you sell to us.
posted by magullo
on May 3, 2002 -