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So Abbott survived – for the moment

To battle we go! #libspill pic.twitter.com/mYe6oUtyfA — john shakespeare (@johnshakespeare) February 8, 2015 Interesting day. The spill motion was put and was defeated. 61 against and 39 for the motion. That’s 39% of the sitting members would like a new leader.  That means just twelve people between Abbott as Prime Minister and bye-bye Abbott. Well this […]

A Prime Minister has to be a team player

Tony Abbott makes far too many Captains’ Calls. Knights and dames, the $20 Medicare rebate reduction, Prince Philip’s knighthood and now the call to move the leadership spill discussion/meeting/vote to Monday at 9 am. Make no mistake: this is a strategic move with personal motivation. It is not true leadership style. Chief Whip Philip Ruddock […]

Wives and partners? WTF?

First let me say I personally have no problem with the words “husband” or “wife”. *Ducks missiles flying in from some of the feminist fraternity* In my view these words are merely relationship descriptors, no different than son, daughter, mother, father, sister or brother. Compared to some languages, English has very few relationship descriptors: some […]

Knives, wounds, terminal – harsh words for Abbott

Today has been interesting to say the least. The tabloid Herald Sun, usually considered more right wing, is using the harshest words. The used-to-be-a-broadsheet-but-isn’t-any-more The Age is taking a much softer approach to reporting the Abbott leadership “genie out of the bottle”. I think the genie has done a bunk, to be honest, but that […]

Religion belongs in the dark ages

Today I read an article by one who once was training to be a priest. Alex Mooney says: There are no gods, no heaven, no hell, no miracles. There never has been. There never will be. This is way beyond reasonable doubt now. There is not one shred of evidence anywhere to prove the existence […]

You’ve been targeted: supporting the AMA and RACGP supporting us

Should I just put a down payment on my coffin now, Scott? The identity of my Goliath has changed. Right at this moment “Love versus Goliath” can be translated to love for my own health and Goliath, yet again, is the government. Different political persuasion, this government, but essentially the same beast. This isn’t just about […]

Sexual predators can go to hell

This may well end up being a nonsensical rant, but I’ve just read Prince Andrew is named in a lawsuit in the US over under-age sex allegations. In the last twelve months we’ve had SO MANY high profile convicted or alleged offenders. To name a few, it started, if I recall, with Rolf Harris, arrested […]

The Journey from Apartheid to Pistorious

Social media is alive with news of the sentence in the trial of Oscar Pistorious in a South African court. There is another story here which we are overlooking. Let us not forget that black South Africans first voted in 1994 in post-apartheid South Africa. That is a mere twenty years ago. Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison, […]

Grattan on Friday: Tony, pick up the phone to Barack on Ebola

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Here’s a thought for Tony Abbott. Why doesn’t he ring up Barack Obama and David Cameron and ask them to help remove the impediment that’s apparently stopping the Australian government providing assistance on the ground for the West African Ebola crisis? If it is really beyond the wit of […]

Read Katherine Murphy’s The Acid Test

I’d like to draw your attention to a very interesting article on The Guardian by Katherine Murphy. Given The Guardian doesn’t have the WordPress “reblog” feature, this is the best I can do! Given that parliament seems to be on a path to deliver a bigger surveillance state and less means for whistleblowers to expose its […]