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[30 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on If you have a sexy name, you’re invited to the party | 1,141 views ]

FRUSTRATED by the NSW Parliament, which has made it virtually impossible for the Australian Sex Party to be registered for the state election, its convenor Fiona Patten has hit upon a unique strategy.
White Pages in hand, Patten is currently actively seeking at least 15 people in NSW who have the word “sex” in their name – Sexton, Sexsmith and so on.
If she can find enough, and if they agree with Sex Party policies, this will enable the group to form a ticket for the NSW Upper House even though the …

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[18 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on NSW Labor woes make O’Farrell a shoo-in | 1,218 views ]

THE Keneally government’s March poll will most likely add to the ALP’s national troubles.
IN recent years Labor’s much-vaunted marginal seats campaigning skills have lost their lustre. The results speak for themselves.
Labor lost six seats to the Country Liberals in the August 2008 Northern Territory election; a net loss of 10 lower house seats to the Liberals in the August 2008 election in Western Australia; 11 seats to the Liberal National Party in the March 2009 Queensland election; and a net loss of …

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[11 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Review of David Hill, Gold! | 2,648 views ]

Few Australians release that it was the discovery of gold at Gympie by the semi-literate James Nash in October 1867 that almost certainly saved from bankruptcy the fledgling colony of Queensland, which had only separated from New South Wales in 1859. The reality is that at the time of this spectacular gold rush at Gympie, some 160 kilometres north of Brisbane, the Bank of Queensland had closed its doors, the colony of less than 22,000 settlers was in the grip of a severe depression, most public works had been abandoned, …

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[5 Dec 2010 | Comments Off on Two blow-by-blow accounts expose the Labor Party’s leadership machinations | 1,077 views ]

For those progressives who hail from Queensland, at least for the rank-and-file, the initials AWU stand for Australia’s Worst (or Weakest) Union. Similarly, when Kevin Rudd was Queensland’s leading apparatchik during the state Labor government of Wayne Goss and before entering federal politics, he was widely known as Dr Death. This was because of Rudd’s authoritarian ruthlessness and his utter lack of sympathy for trade unionists, working people and the poor.
Both these diaries , from the lead-up to the 2010 federal election campaign to its nail-biting finale , are based …

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[4 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,393 views ]

Julia Gillard during the debate over the NBN bill in parliament this week. Picture: Ray Strange Source: The Australian

Julia Gillard has not learned from her predecessor’s flawed approach to big issues

ACCORDING to some political observers, Julia Gillard’s spirited defence of the National Broadband Network in the last sitting week of federal parliament was evidence she was regaining her shattered confidence after the recent election.
Or, as some put it, …