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[28 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on Queensland crucial to Labor | 1,522 views ]

The Labor party was savaged in Queensland at the 2010 Federal election and, at the next federal election, Julia Gillard will struggle to win enough Queensland seats to retain government.
The volatile northern state has been a graveyard for Labor Prime Ministers over the years and 2013 is likely to be no different. Yet the ALP is doing nothing about it.
According to Newspoll, Tony Abbott’s support in Queensland is among the strongest of any state in the nation and this will be a problem for Labor if it allows …

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[26 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | 3,274 views ]

THIS year has already witnessed several leading sportsmen whose lives and careers have been severely tarnished, if not destroyed, by their alcoholism, and sometimes other addictions.
Despite the widely reported good intentions of troubled sports stars, it is not easy for a person to stop drinking and stay stopped, then negotiate the world without resorting to alcohol or other drugs, or to compulsive gambling. Anyone who has experienced the ravages of alcohol addiction and who has tried to beat it knows the immensity of that task.
So what’s the best way to …

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[20 Mar 2011 | 37 Comments | 24,086 views ]
Austen Tayshus: Merchant of Menace

THE looming NSW election already feels like such a darkly comedic event that the decision by Austen Tayshus to follow his run against Tony Abbott in the last federal election with a tilt against NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell, feels a bit like a lump of coal headed for Newcastle. Nevertheless, if Tayshus does surprise everyone on March 26 and pip O’Farrell at the ballot, it should leave just enough time for authors Ross Fitzgerald and Rick Murphy to slip it into their book ‘Austen Tayshus: Merchant of Menace’ before …

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[14 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | 8,504 views ]

“You need not say anything but anything you say may be used in evidence. It sounds like a line from a movie but that statement, or words to that effect, should be heard by anyone being arrested in Australia. The police officer who says – or should say , this will be indicating that individuals have the right to remain silent. Indeed, this is what most lawyers advise their clients to do.
The fundamental privilege against self-incrimination is closely linked to this right. There are some statutory exceptions, particularly relating to …

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[12 Mar 2011 | 5 Comments | 3,785 views ]

A MERE 2 1/2 months ago the Queensland Labor government was seen to be facing the political oblivion that looks certain to beset its counterpart in NSW.
This was until the January floods and Cyclone Yasi allowed Anna Bligh to show some political leadership for the first time. Her performance was impressive but it took more than three years for Bligh to act like a premier. And it remains to be seen whether her improved personal ratings, coupled with a revamped cabinet, will carry over into electoral support and save her …

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[6 Mar 2011 | Comments Off on Prehistory lesson | 1,679 views ]

THIS unique investigation of Sydney’s highly diverse Aboriginal past draws on the latest historical, archaeological, geological,environmental and linguistic research.
It also incorporates some oral evidence of present-day indigenous peoples although, wisely, this source of information has not been used extensively.
First published in 2002 and now greatly updated and revised, this superbly illustrated history of Aboriginal occupation of the Sydney region until the 1820s is a labour of love. Indeed, most of the more or less contemporary coloured photographs were taken by the author herself.
Currently principal research archaeologist in the anthropology unit …

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[6 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 3,016 views ]

THE much-maligned Bounty captain and colonial governor was not such a tyrant after all.
In the main, William Bligh, who joined the British navy at the age of seven, has had a bad press in Australia. In particular, Bligh has often been portrayed as a martinet when he was governor of NSW. Earlier in his career he was thought of as a cruel disciplinarian.
Despite Bligh’s foul language and fiery temper, Rob Mundle makes clear that Bligh delivered far fewer floggings than many of his contemporaries, including Captain James Cook, with whom …