Articles in the Columns Category
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 …
GERARD HENDERSON AND ROSS FITZGERALD
Early in the week Professor Ross Fitzgerald – Hendo’s friend and (male) co-owner of Maddie – issued a call-out inviting all supporters of the Australia Sex Party to tell the world that two Catholic nuns had defaced a ASP poster in Collingwood. This led to a correspondence between the two blokes on the ASP’s attitudes to Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. Here we go:
Ross Fitzgerald to Gerard Henderson – 4 June 2016
Nuns defacing Sex Party poster.
Please spread the word!
Catholic archdiocese defends …
GRAFTON TAKES A TUMBLE
GOING OUT BACKWARDS: A GRAFTON EVEREST ADVENTURE
By Ross Fitzgerald & Ian McFadyen
Hybrid Publishers 2015
RRP – $26.9 pb
Reviewed by Gerard Henderson
Barry Humphries has described Grafton Everest as “a wonderful creation” in the same ranks as Philip Roth’s Portnoy and Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim.
Dr Everest (for a doctor he is) makes a welcome return in Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure. This is the fifth appearance by Professor (for a professor he also is) Grafton in print. On this occasion via the combined work of Ross Fitzgerald …
MARGOT SEVILLE : Crikey journalist based in Sydney
After last night’s political debate at the Sydney Institute, I’ve cancelled my plans to go to Holland. According to the Reverend Fred Nile, voluntary euthanasia laws there have meant that people are “too afraid to go to hospital” for fear of being bumped off without consent. Could one broken foot lead to you prematurely popping your clogs? The 81-year-old veteran of the NSW upper house asserted that “hundreds, if not thousands of people have been killed in Dutch hospitals”.
Nile, once described as …