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[29 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 5,272 views ]

The Way We Approach Higher Education Needs To Change, writes ROSS FITZGERALD
ALTHOUGH I very much enjoy writing political satires such as my co-authored ‘Fools’ Paradise: Life In An Altered State’, set in the fictitious University of Mangoland, sadly neither my recent suggestions to cut the number of universities and vice-chancellors in Australia – particularly in the regions – nor the 2008 Bradley Review recommendation that our university sector requires serious structural change, were satires.
As the now publicly declared cuts of $2.4 billion to higher education funding and John Daley’s recent …

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[27 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Voters facing an incalculable choice between risk and the demons of uncertainty | 1,133 views ]

IT is hard to avoid the impression that Julia Gillard is a prime minister in waiting – waiting to be dumped on September 14.
Though many may now regard her government as being in caretaker mode, Labor is still scrambling with whatever it has left to convince Australians it deserves a renewed term in Canberra.
With the voting public seemingly not listening to the Prime Minister any more, and the continuing malaise in opinion polls that has Labor wallowing around a 30 per cent primary vote, it suggests our citizenry gave up …

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[22 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Labors fractional sub-factions active in the west | 1,902 views ]

Labors fractional sub-factions active in the west
Factional manoeuvring is alive and well in the Labor Party.
The latest prime example occurred on Monday last week, at a meeting of the West Australian state executive. The headline story coming out of the nights proceedings in Perth was the choice of Joe Bullock to head Labor’s Senate ticket for the federal election. His success precipitated the retirement of Senator Mark Bishop, who no longer could get a winnable spot on the ticket.
The West Australian executive also had to fill a …

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[22 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Turning their backs on the Abbott avalanche | 795 views ]

UNLESS there is an electoral miracle, the Gillard government will lose badly on September 14.
The election will be potentially devastating for Labor, especially in states like NSW and Queensland where it will lose some of its most talented members and possibly several senior ministers including Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan.
In the aftermath Labor will need to use common sense and a strategic approach to rebuild the party. Indeed it needs to start thinking about that now, otherwise a coalition government led by Tony Abbott will be in office …

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[13 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Scandal that stole Red Ted’s chance to tackle top job | 4,798 views ]

FORGET Simon Crean and Kim Beazley. Forget Joan Kirner and Carmen Lawrence. To my mind, the most talented Labor politician never to be prime minister of Australia was Edward Granville “Red Ted” Theodore, who became premier of Queensland and state treasurer on October 22, 1919. Exactly 10 years later, Theodore became federal treasurer in the ill-fated ALP government of James Scullin.
His Labor credentials were impeccable. Born in Adelaide on December 29, 1884, Theodore – who was of Romanian background – left school at 12 to gain work in the mines …

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[6 Apr 2013 | Comments Off on Ill-fated flight that led to Menzies’ wartime fall | 3,775 views ]

AT 11am on August 13, 1940, with Australia having been at war for almost a year, a dual-controlled Hudson bomber, the A16-97, crashed into a hillside near Canberra airport.
In what is still Canberra’s worst disaster in terms of loss of life, all 10 aboard died, including the chief of the general staff, Cyril Brudenell White, and three of Robert Gordon Menzies’ closest cabinet supporters: minister for the army Geoffrey Street, minister for air James Fairbairn and information minister Henry Gullett.
Perhaps the luckiest federal parliamentarian at the time was the minister …