This new page points to material posted on political websites, initially in Australia. It can be accessed by clicking the Blog Watch link in the upper right margin under 'site pages'. It is provided as a service along the lines Crikey provides Richard Farmer's Breakfast Media Wrap, which make perusing the daily online newspapers much easier.
As many visitors to political blogs are unable to visit daily, the updates will be in weekly batches, so that users can see the whole week at a glance. Where possible links are provided. The sites will be grouped under three categories initially: psephology, political, and social/economics
The sites listed to date are:
The Poll Bludger
The Political Sword
The Piping Shrike
Social and economics blogspots
On Line Opinion
Time will tell if I can keep this page sufficiently up to date.
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 yo...
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 (...
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...
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? If an elected politician runs for election and fails, ...
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. Most of them ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
Where the populace rise at once against the never-ending audacity of elected persons.Walt Whitman
Where the populace rise at once against the never-ending audacity of elected persons.
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.Bernard Baruch
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.Noam Chomsky
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Welfare is for the needy, not big and wealthy multinational corporations.David Lewis
Welfare is for the needy, not big and wealthy multinational corporations.
I think the Prime Minister has embarked on a journey and he has no idea where he's taking us.John Hewson
I think the Prime Minister has embarked on a journey and he has no idea where he's taking us.
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