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[12 May 2016 | No Comment | 28 views ]

The introduction of party logos on Senate ballot papers at the forthcoming election could throw up some very unexpected results. It also represents one of the largest shifts in electoral philosophy that we’ve seen in a long time in that we have introduced “brands” as opposed to “party names” onto our ballot papers. In the same way that many public institutions and conventions are being corporatised, now our voting system is suffering the same fate as we inexorably move toward US-style electioneering.
The Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon joined forces …

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[11 May 2016 | No Comment | 53 views ]

Celebrated author and academic Professor Ross Fitzgerald will lead The Sex Party’s bid for a federal Senate seat in NSW, named as the party’s number one candidate.
Fitzgerald launched his campaign at his home in leafy Redfern, Sydney, on Wednesday. With his daughter’s paintings hanging proudly on the walls and a small white dog weaving around the patio furniture, he spoke of his reasons for mounting his first election campaign at age 71 — namely, support for marriage equality, voluntary euthanasia and dealing with alcoholism and other social problems among prison …

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[11 May 2016 | No Comment | 33 views ]

Sex Party launches NSW candidate
Prison reform, drug reform and taxing religious institutions is top of the list for Professor Ross Fitzgerald, the Sex Party’s newest senate candidate, who rates his chances at winning a seat in NSW and shaking up the system.
Bill Shorten’s chances of holding inner Sydney seats have been enhanced by the Australian Sex Party’s likely decision to direct preferences to Labor.
The progressive small party is intent on paying back inner-city Greens rivals for supporting the Turnbull government’s reforms to the Senate.
In Sydney to announce the Australian Sex …

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[11 May 2016 | No Comment | 55 views ]

Sex Party: NSW Senate candidate Ross Fitzgerald not what you’d expect
MAY 11, 2016 5:06PM
Prof Ross Fitzgerald said he believed he was a perfect fit for a party whose motto was Your Life, Your Choice.
FORGET whips, chains and strippers because the Sex Party has just come of age — literally
He may seem like an unlikely Senate candidate for the Sex Party but Ross Fitzgerald thinks he might just have what it takes to pull it off.
The author, professor and father of a grown up daughter reckons he’s a perfect fit for …

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[3 May 2016 | No Comment | 10 views ]

A life-long Collingwood supporter, Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM is the author of 39 books, including his memoir ‘My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey’ and the co-authored political/sexual satire, ‘Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure.’ In 2016, he edited ‘Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football’ which is a collection of well known Australian contributors each writing of moments they hold dear from the team of their heart. Every team in the AFL is represented. On Monday 21 March 2016, Ross Fitzgerald joined Sydney lawyer Gabrielle Trainer and journalist and …

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[27 Apr 2016 | No Comment | 18 views ]

Life sometimes imitates art as author and political commentator Professor Ross Fitzgerald knows only too well. His recent satirical novel ‘Going Out Backwards’ (which he wrote with comedian Ian McFadyen, who lives on Brisbane’s bayside) is a farce but was eerily prescient in its take on national politics.
Writing of an Australia where a lunatic fringe – including Grafton Everest himself – holds the balance of power in Canberra was certainly on the money.
Professor Fitzgerald, emeritus professor in history and politics at Griffith University, has written histories of Queensland and a …

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[18 Apr 2016 | 3 Comments | 31 views ]

Last week, former prime minister Bob Hawke came out in favour of voluntary-assisted dying. The fact is that many attempts over the years have been made to pass a voluntary assisted dying law in Australia, but none has succeeded.
This is despite overwhelming public support (between 70 and 80 per cent) for the idea that terminally ill people who are suffering unbearably should be able to ask a doctor to help them end their life quickly and painlessly.
This level of support exists across all the survey categories of gender, age, religion …

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[16 Apr 2016 | One Comment | 26 views ]

Last week, former prime minister Bob Hawke came out in favour of voluntary-assisted dying. The fact is that many attempts over the years have been made to pass a voluntary assisted dying law in Australia, but none has succeeded.
This is despite overwhelming public support (between 70 and 80 per cent) for the idea that terminally ill people who are suffering unbearably should be able to ask a doctor to help them end their life quickly and painlessly.
This level of support exists across all the survey categories of gender, age, religion …

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[11 Apr 2016 | 12 Comments | 134 views ]

Up till now, the only political party I ever considered joining was the Communist Party of Australia.
When I was a 15-year-old student at Melbourne High School, along with fellow student and future millionaire, Alan Piper, with whom I played for the Victorian schoolboys cricket team, I met a Communist Party of Australia organiser outside the Bryant and May match factory in Richmond. The organiser paid no attention to Alan but after listening to me for less than a minute he put up his hands and said “I think you can …

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[6 Apr 2016 | 2 Comments | 48 views ]

Six months ago, when Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as Prime Minister, many people breathed a sigh of relief. Abbott had never been personally popular and had compounded this by knighting Prince Philip on Australia Day, persisting with an over-generous parental leave scheme at a time when other spending was being cut, and introducing the 2014 horror budget that Australia needed but that appeared to break pre-election commitments. Abbott, it seemed, was almost as bad as Julia Gillard who had promised no carbon tax but then brought one in.
On the …

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[26 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 60 views ]

It’s been hailed an Easter Saturday homecoming for the Sydney Swans. Tonight they take on my beloved Collingwood Magpies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a venue change that has infuriated Pies president Eddie McGuire. But there could be far more to McGuire’s latest outrage than meets the eye.
When, just over three weeks ago, the Swans announced the relocation of three home games, including tonight’s clash, from ANZ Stadium at Homebush to the SCG, McGuire was furious that he found out through a news release. The Magpies president lambasted the …