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What’s wrong with PM Turnbull?
Ad astra, The Political Sword, 15 October 2017

As a weary electorate approaches yet another holiday season, looks back over the year and asks: ‘How has our federal government improved life for ordinary Aussies’, the answer is depressing. Our self-styled ‘adult government’ has achieved so little for so long. We have had to endure indecision, poor planning, stultifying policies, governmental chaos, the dual citizenship shemozzle, infighting, and worst of all, inept decision-making and ineffectual leadership. More…

Football, meat pies, kangaroos and political storms
2353NM, The Political Sword, 8 October 2017

Last weekend, we saw the grand finals for both the Australian Football League (AFL) and the National Rugby League (NRL). Coincidently it was also a long weekend in the Eastern States, which probably allows those with a particular allegiance to return to some semblance of normality before they had to go back to work on Tuesday. More…

The enduring blight of inequality
Ad astra, The Political Sword, 1 October 2017
How much longer are we prepared to accept the level of inequality that exists in the world? How much longer are we prepared to accept the level of inequality we now suffer in this country? If any reader out there still doubts the extent of inequality here, do read a July 8 article in The Conversation by Nicholas Biddle, Associate Professor, and Francis Markham, Research Fellow at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences titled: What income inequality looks like across Australia. More…

Power to the people
2353NM, The Political Sword, 23 September 2017
Technically it would be harder to have a hot potato issue without electricity. Amongst other things, electricity makes it far easier to create the hot potato in the first place, as well as light, heating and cooling, traffic control, transport as well as giving you the ability to read this article. However, if you listen to the Coalition who, in their best Hanrahan, are crying ‘we’ll all be rooned’ if any more of the coal fired power stations around Australia are allowed to close. The justification is that we need power that we can (pun intended) switch on and off like a lightbulb. The problem with the justification is that there are other and better ways of getting power on demand. More…

Who thought Trump couldn’t get worse?
Ad astra, The Political Sword, 17 September 2017

Just when we thought Trump couldn’t possibly get worse, he has. Almost every day he exhibits more grotesque behaviour. It astonishes his colleagues, the media, the US electorate, world leaders, and indeed the entire world. Back in May The Political Sword published America – what have you done?, which described the contemporary chaotic scene in the White House: That was at the time of Trump’s discussion with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office, during which he foolishly exchanged vital intelligence with him. Trump subsequently denied this but later admitted that it had occurred, excusing his mistake on the grounds that he was entitled to do so! More…

Hurricanes. Floods. Droughts. Why is it so?
Ad astra, TPS Extra, 15 September 2017

To some, this question is nonsensical. There have been hurricanes, floods and droughts since time immemorial. “It’s just nature at work”. They quote Dorothea Mackellar to ‘prove’ their point. To them, what climate scientists have to say is irrelevant. Yet even some of them may wonder why recently we have had such a spate of exceptional adverse weather events, one after the other. More…

When you’re in a hole, stop digging
2353NM, The Political Sword, 9 September 2017
In the next week or so, we’re all getting a letter from the Australian Bureau of Statistics so we can (if we choose to) ‘advise’ our Parliamentarians how to vote on the issue of same sex marriage. Be still my beating heart! Why do we have to advise the Parliament on how we want them to vote on a particular issue? We don’t on potentially going to war ‘in support’ of the USA against ISIS or North Korea, we don’t on giving business a $65 BILLION tax cut when Australian residents are facing greater economic inequality, and we certainly didn’t when Prime Minister at the time John Howard inserted the ‘man and woman’ clause into the Marriage Act in 2004 More…

Mal’s Coalition cascades into chaos
Ad astra, The Political Sword, 2 September 2017
When we posted ‘How are the “adults” managing our economy?’ on The Political Sword in April it seemed as if Turnbull’s administration of his Coalition couldn’t get any worse. We were wide of the mark! Now he sits apprehensively and indecisively on his house of cards, on tenterhooks lest he lose his balance, praying it doesn't collapse.

That piece was written as the 2017 Budget was being prepared. Scott Morrison was warning us about what we might be in for. Knowing that debt would increase, he tried to butter us up with talk of ‘good debt’ (spending on infrastructure) and ‘bad debt’ (recurrent spending on, for example, welfare). With his credibility in the doldrums, it is doubtful if anyone listened, let alone believed him. More…

Where’s your daddy from?
2353NM, The Political Sword, 27 August 2017

In winter 2017, the latest fashion in Australian Federal politics seems to be having dual citizenship. At the time of writing, there are six members of the current Parliament that have been referred to the High Court to determine, amongst other things, if they were ever validly elected. Potentially, they could have to repay their salary; legislation they voted on may be invalid and so on. More…