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[25 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Sunshine-style strategy could help Abbott | 1,508 views ]

TWO things are clear. In this year’s federal election Queensland will be the most crucial state, followed by NSW. To win seats off the ALP, let alone become prime minister, Tony Abbott will need to beat Kevin Rudd’s slick campaigning style and election techniques, most of which the Prime Minister learned in Queensland.
The issue for Abbott now is to do the in depth homework to position himself with a tactical and policy armoury to lead in to the actual campaign. He needs especially to understand how campaigns have been run …

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[24 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on ANZAC book reviews | 3,669 views ]

Timed to coincide with the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, this third edition of THE ANZAC BOOK features a reproduction of the original manuscript first published in 1916, as well as a very fine foreword by the distinguished military historian, Les Carlyon.
Superbly illustrated, it also contains intriguing and highly moving material originally excluded by the original editor, the official war correspondent Charles Bean, but carefully and lovingly preserved in the collections of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
A fascinating feature of this edition is a thoughtful introduction by Ashley …

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[17 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Humour and hope amid hate | 2,004 views ]

How rare is it that two equally fine books appear at roughly the same time about the same, or similar, topics?
2008 saw the publication of Chloe Hooper’s remarkable non-fiction novel THE TALL MAN. This award-winning work deals with the death on 19 November 2004 of a 36 year old Palm Island man, Cameron Mulrunji Doomadgee, who swore at a policeman, Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley – then 33 years old, weighing 115 kilograms and 200 centimetres (6 feet and 7 inches) tall. Forty-five minutes later, Doomadgee was found dead in a …

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[15 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Learning from Labor’s past | 1,534 views ]

Dr H. V. Evatt, who led the federal Australian Labor Party from 1951 to 1960, had  been a high-profile world figure during World War II and had served a term as an early president of the United Nations General Assembly.
Doc Evatt, notoriously, was a disastrous leader , the great Labor split of the 1950s occurred on his watch , but what is less known is that his political career was in difficulties even before he became leader. These difficulties arose from his failure to reconcile the competing demands of global diplomacy …

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[10 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Labor has dropped the ball in education | 1,247 views ]

JUST before his ministerial responsibilities were significantly reduced, Peter Garrett made one of Australia’s great political understatements.
The former Midnight Oil frontman said of Labor’s insulation program: “We’re seeing a relatively small number of complaints in the system, given the scale of the system, about 0.5 per cent of complaints given the totality of the system. It has been a very successful program . . .” Two weeks later he was demoted and the program was cancelled.
As Coalition education spokesman Christopher Pyne pointed out last week, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd …