• Reality bites
    Every political commentator in the land has their own personal opinion, most
    hide it and at least present a facade of even-handed questioning of politicians
    from all sides of politics. A week and a bit before the election, Sky News Paul Murray
    didn’t. In what The Guardian called an expletive laden anti-Labor tirade Murray
    demonstrated his bias in technicolour during the off-camera ‘audience warm up’...
  • This election – you do have a say
    As you walk into a polling booth next Saturday remember this - despite the
    media harassing some candidates to outline who they are ‘giving preferences to’
    or party workers trying to shove how to vote cards in your hands as you turn
    up at the booth, no political party controls the preferences that you distribute.
  • Do your job competently
    Finland and Sweden are currently exploring joining NATO.The about face from long
    term neutrality has come about because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The
    ABC reported recently that there has been a significant shift in the attitude of the
    Finnish and Swedish Governments from ‘don’t poke the (Russian) bear’ to a position
    of seeking allies for protection should Russia do to them what it has done to Ukraine.
  • Clinging on to power
    You should feel a bit sorry for Tim Banfield. While he did choose to become a
    member of Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, then put his hand up to be the
    UAP candidate for the Illawarra based seat of Whitlam at the upcoming federal
    election, he didn’t deserve to be sacked as a candidate 24 hours after giving a
    ‘wide ranging’ interview to a local ABC journalist in February.
  • The cheap gotya
    The ‘Gold Star of Dishonour’ for the most unedifying display
    in the first week or so on the 2022 Federal Election campaign
    is a tough call. Is it George Christensen announcing his cynical
    candidature on the One Nation Queensland Senate ticket?
  • Lies, damn lies and falling cats
    So the election has been called. Everybody that believes they should
    be in Parliament will be travelling around, kissing babies (if that’s
    still allowed) and proclaiming from the rooftops that they are the best
    thing since sliced bread and should be your representative on Capital Hill.

The Political Sword

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Tell em they’re dreaming

Do you feel the sense of desperation in the air? Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has decided that a dam should be built at Urannah in Central Queensland that will according to Crikey reinforce the Coalition’s electoral dominance of a regional Queensland seat, directly benefiting the National...

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Chaos

Instinctively, you know what is meant by ‘chaos’. No matter when you turn on the TV or radio, there it is in every bulletin of world news. My dictionary defines chaos in this way: disorder, disarray, disorganisation, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, madness, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commo...

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Fire and rain

James Taylor released ‘Fire and Rain’ in January 1970. Taylor’s song is about a number of his personal issues including drug addiction, professional upsets and the suicide of a friend. If it was released today it could have been a commentary on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s current term in...

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Unprecedented disasters – again

Queensland and New South Wales have recently suffered greatly as a result of literally flooding rains. Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk claimed In just two to three days, Brisbane received about 80 per cent of the rainfall it would normally get over the whole year. The same weather system we...

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Rehashing the past – badly

Feeling some pain from the self-imposed ‘wedges’ of the religious ‘freedom’ legislation in the middle of February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison changed tack. According to Morrison, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s ALP MPs were closet communist China sympathisers. Morrison isn’t the first to tr...

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The Power Syndrome

What a contrast we’ve witnessed on our TV screens these last few weeks. As we tuned into the Winter Olympics we saw an almost endless display of skill, dedication, and self confidence. Although the participants were intensely competitive, they appeared to harbour no animosity towards their fellows. ...

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The karma bus

It’s not hard to make the case that the karma bus found Prime Minister Scott Morrison in February 2022. A whole lot of poor choices made by Morrison and his colleagues over the past few years all combined to make February one to remember for all the wrong reasons. Morrison’s discomfort probably sta...

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There are better options than tax cuts

Prime Minister Scott Morrison spent the Christmas break this year promoting Australia opening up to the world regardless of the increasing threat of yet another form of the COVID-19 virus. Morrison claimed that while there will be people in hospital and that others will die, the economic cost of ret...

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Nah – you cant change the date

A couple of weeks ago it was January 26. Depending on your world view, that particular day has a name. Across Australia it is a public holiday and the current Federal Government gets very upset if local Councils don’t hold citizenship ceremonies on the day. We’re told our public holidays are always...

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At the Morrisons on Christmas morn

On Christmas morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a traditional start to the day. His family gathered around the Christmas Tree to exchange presents before heading off to church. They were all hoping for something extra from Santa because they have all had a rough year living through the resig...

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End-of-year Greetings

Here we are yet again - at the end of another year, perhaps the busiest year politically since this blogsite began on 13 September 2008, 13 years ago. Time has not reduced the intensity of political discourse, it has increased it. Not only has the complexity of politics increased, but the manner...

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The coalition vs public opinion

Those of us who are old enough to remember the Sydney Olympic Games will probably also remember there was some talk at the time that some countries were less than enthusiastic to compete because of Australia’s treatment of its First Nations people. Prime Minister at the time, John Howard, was under ...

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The Morrison enigma

It’s becoming alarming. Every day our Prime Minister becomes more verbose, more shouty, more insistent. The old-fashioned word ‘blatherskite’ comes to mind. Listen to him as he fronts journalists, answers questions in Question Time, or delivers his characteristic off-the-cuff oratory on any subject ...

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Lies, damn lies and economics

There must be a federal election coming — the infamous yellow and black Clive Palmer funded billboards have made a reappearance. One of the billboards has a statement that suggests COVID19 related restrictions and vaccinations are a waste of time because it is still possible to be infected. It’s cla...

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Voter ID and dead cats

If you are over 18 you will be legally required to vote in a Federal Election between now and next May. If the Coalition Government gets its way, next time you vote in a Federal Election you will have to produce proof of identity before you are handed the ballot papers. The Coalition have been talki...

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Invasion Day

No, we’re not getting in early for that date at the end of January. Although there is considerable substance to the claim from first nations people that Australia had a civilisation long before Arthur Philip turned up with a number of ships and people that were a social problem the English decided t...

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Where has all the kindness gone?

Here is another brief offering. It does not need to be lengthy because its message is straightforward. It asks the question: “Where has all the kindness gone?” and its corollary: ”Why not be kind to one another?”. The September 25 issue of The Good Weekend featured an article titled The High Life...

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Do the crime – do the time

The reason Dominic Perrottet became Premier of New South Wales is Gladys Berejiklian chose to join the select group of Liberal Party New South Wales Premiers that resigned before undergoing the scrutiny of a New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption public hearing. Of course, Berejik...

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Should the cowboys rule?

For someone that claims to have Australia’s best interests at heart, Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes some strange choices. He originally claimed he wasn’t going to the Glasgow GOP26 Meeting of World Leaders because it would mean he would be required to undergo another two weeks of isolation. We’...

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You have to adapt

Next time your mobile phone takes a photo of the now ubiquitous QR check in image, think of this. In 1888, the Kodak camera was first sold in the USA with the motto “You press the button, we do the rest”. People did ‘press the button’ and return the cheap camera box to Kodak for processing — at addi...

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