All those in the Press gallery who declared the Gillard/Wilson scandal a “non-event”, “without legs” and “going nowhere” now have a decision to make: Follow the old gurus’, Grattan and Oaks’ blind empathy for Gillard, or act like real journalists and start asking questions.
Michael Smith’s phone interview with Ralph Blewitt yesterday was interesting in that he (Blewitt) referred to a certain “person of influence”. Michael abruptly cut him off.
Successive AWU questions from Julie Bishop appear to have unsettled our Julia. Her confident upbeat demeanor vanished like Costello’s surplus as she again refused to answer the question.
Before Australia can become a competitive force, it must have an accepted place in the region. Ms Gillard’s White Paper reeks of Austro-centrism where most of the points made in the document are written with the expectation that Australia will win out of closer ties with Asia without necessarily giving much back in exchange — such as Australia having closer ties with Asian universities in order to attract students and skilled workers. Rather one-way to say the least. China saved Australia from a deep recession with demand for its minerals and Australia’s relationship within the region is now one where Australia needs the region more than the region needs Australia.Australia also has a track record of falling over itself in Asia. It will take much more than massive investment in skills and education to be able to engage the Asian region, let alone be “competitive”. One of the paramount barriers Australia has to overcome is the deep set belief that its own cultural values are universally accepted across the region. It’s not about learning Asian languages but about understanding different points of view, approaches, and “mindsets”. Austro-centrism must take a back seat in relationships around the region for Australia to be seriously considered a member of the region. Asian suspicion may arise to the issue Ms Gillard talked about herself: “Australia being a winner in Asia.” This implies there must be losers. It’s highly doubtful if anybody in the region is looking at Australia with any more interest today.
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FOI material accessed by Pickering Post shows DFAT and its employees in the Italian Embassy were at best cognisant of, and at worst complicit in, the 2010 abduction of four Italian girls to Queensland, Australia. The mother of the four girls, Laura Garrett, is about to be charged with a criminal offence and is asking Australians for $10,000 to engage a "good Italian criminal Lawyer".
Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister once spoke of a possible “temporary” deficit. Wayne Swan is wielding a heavy axe in a forlorn attempt to balance his 2012/2013 budget.
PM Gillard’s spike in the polls was paid for in Parliamentary ethics. Blokes used to respect each other in the good old days. Even Whitlam and Fraser, but Gillard and her crew have changed all that... and probably forever.
When China knows as much about Ned Kelly as we know about Mao Tse Tung then we can say we have Asian influence beyond our minerals.
The AGE has disclosed Julia Gillard granted an exemption from her Government's policy promising ''open and merit-based'' senior public sector appointments to allow former banking executive Greg Medcraft to head Australia's embattled corporate regulator ASIC, without first advertising the role.
This morning I caught some of the Insiders program on the ABC promoting Labor's new White Paper on the Asian century, and the rise of China's and India's middle class.