Articles in the Columns Category
Malcolm Turnbull’s friends and supporters thought that once he was prime minister in his own right, all would be well. The dithering and the waffling would stop and he’d be the leader everyone hoped for when he seized the prime ministership from Tony Abbott.
Maybe the narrowest of wins has shattered Turnbull’s self-confidence. One Liberal campaign insider is now describing him to confidants as a “broken man”. Effective leaders learn from setbacks; they’re not overwhelmed by them. But, on the evidence so far, our country is in for three years …
Australia could learn a lot from the fact that a number of American cities are successfully reducing the role of criminalisation in their drug policies.
This is something that should be addressed at the Drug Summit in Sydney today.
This cross-party summit, to be held at Parliament House in Macquarie Street, will consider the context of the illicit drug policy and evaluate its efficacy. In particular, the summit will debate the merits of harm-minimisation and highlight new strategies to deal with the scourge of drug misuse and addiction.
Seattle and King County in …
There were three items for the first meeting of the new Turnbull cabinet: the cliff-hanger federal election, the response to Four Corners’ teenage detention revelations, and Kevin Rudd. And so the Coalition government has started as it seems doomed to continue: reacting badly to events and to other people’s agendas.
It’s increasingly obvious that Malcolm Turnbull’s desperation to be prime minister was not matched by any particular vision for the country. After deposing his predecessor, he spent nine months raising subjects before ruling them out; and the “economic plan” he referred …
The tragic situation of Harriet Wran, daughter of the late NSW Labor premier, Neville Wran, recently received saturation media coverage. Spiralling problems with ice ended with Ms Wran pleading guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and robbery in company.
In the sentence hearings in court, Harriet Wran revealed the personal demons she has been fighting for many years. She will not be the last person to turn to alcohol and other drugs to get relief from personal demons only to find heaven in the short term and hell in …
You don’t politically execute prime ministers and not pay a price – as Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd , and now Malcolm Turnbull have all discovered. There is not the slightest doubt that the drop in the Liberal National coalition’s primary vote and the spike in support for conservative micro-parties owes much to dismay at what the Liberal Party did to the person who had led them into government.
“He was elected by the people and should have been judged by the people,” was Tony Abbott’s lethal response to Rudd’s political …
Celebrity independents and a hostile crossbench are poised to stymie Malcolm Turnbull’s key election promises to cut company tax and restore the building industry watchdog if he wins today’s election, thwarting the Prime Minister’s intention of the double- dissolution election.
As voters abandon the major parties for independents, voting reforms appear unlikely to end the horsetrading and chaos in the Senate, which could cruel the Coalition’s chances of passing its centrepiece promises.
As Mr Turnbull used his last day of campaigning to call again for stability and a vote for the …
OPINION by ROSS FITZGERALD
As this federal election campaign grinds boringly to an end, more and more citizens are becoming alienated from the major parties. Is it any wonder that ordinary punters regard both the federal coalition and the ALP as being both a double disillusion and doubly dissolute?
So don’t be surprised if, after July 2, one or two minor parties are elected to the Senate in a number of states. And this despite the hypocrisy of the Greens (once a minor party themselves) having teamed up with the Turnbull government …
The 2016 Federal Election – The Australian Sex Party
by Ross Fitzgerald
Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM is the Australian Sex Party’s lead Senate candidate in NSW. He is the author of 39 books, most recently of ‘Going Out Backwards’ – a sexual/political satire in which his alter ego Senator Professor Dr Grafton Everest holds the balance of power in the Upper House! On Tuesday 7 June 2016, Ross Fitzgerald joined Rev Hon Fred Nile, leader of the Christian Democratic Party in New South Wales, at The Sydney Institute, to discuss their respective …
Drinks with the Sex Party
The pundits keep telling us that this is a dull election.
But imagine what it would be like without the minor parties. I did a quick sampling last week of some of them. At the very least they add some zest to the campaign. Few have much chance of winning a seat in the lower House but with the reduced Senate quota, some have realistic hopes of picking up a Senate seat.
Take the Christian Democratic Party. Its president is the Rev. Fred Nile MLC …
Just when you thought society was safe from metaphors of the military kind, the Australian Sex Party has declared war on the Catholic Church.
The pronouncement was made by Victorian parliamentarian Fiona Patten, who is also ASP president, in an email to her supporters on Tuesday.
Last week the Prime Minister and his Treasurer were criticised by sections of the media for suggesting the Labor Party had “waged war” on business. But there has been scant reaction to Patten’s call for “all-out war on the Catholic Church”.
This follows the report in …