In 2012, the Cole inquiry's findings led to a court case that found the Australian Wheat Board, between 2001 and 2005, had circumvented UN agreed sanctions on Iraq and paid millions to the Saddam Hussein regime to secure wheat contracts in a food-for-oil scam.
I know some of you think I'm a bit of a 'Merchant Banker' but when it comes to people, I'm rarely wrong. This is what 60 odd years on this earth does for you. You finally get the wisdom.
When a political Party is swept to power, as Abbott’s Coalition was, it seems undemocratic that it is prevented from enacting its legislation, no matter how odious it may be, by a rag-tag unrepresentative Senate... half of whom were elected in another political age.
But over in the US it is the coldest series of winters in living memory. "I can't remember and I don't think anyone else can remember this much snow falling in this short a period," said Mark Poloncarz of Erie County in Buffalo New York.
All of today’s Australians (even the Aboriginal people) are either migrants, or descended from people who migrated here from overseas. From the founding of the modern Australian State at Federation, until the early 1970’s, the basis of our immigration policy was more or less the same as that of the United States.
There are four non-toxic gases-of-life in Earth’s protective atmospheric blanket. None should be captured and buried. The most abundant is nitrogen – 78%. If there was no nitrogen there would be no plant or animal protein and a very different world.
Why is Abbott doing so poorly in the polls despite the electorate’s distaste for Labor’s recent and current history? Labor’s incompetence and criminality is still fresh in swinging voters’ minds, but their options are few.
Last Saturday the United Arab Emirates blacklisted 82 separate organisations, including Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State (ISIS) as terror groups in line with Federal anti-terrorism legislation.
Don’t know about you but I have always loved the Chinese people. I love their culture, their honesty, their work ethic and their yummy food. I spent countless nights of my youth in China Town playing fan tan ‘til daybreak. We would sit talking over many beers for hours although none of us could speak the other’s language.
The new Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, known more affectionately as “Iron Erna” began a program which targets and deports immigrants who have ties to radical groups or have committed violent crimes while in Norway.
The unquestioning media said nothing when that member of the lauded UK intelligentsia, Bob Geldoff, caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children. No-one ever accused Geldoff and his “Feed the World” campaign of this atrocity. Why?
The University of Queensland, along with a bevy of the ALP Left, was the perfect venue for guaranteed applause when President Obama promised to achieve something that he will never need to deliver.
Australian of the year Adam Goodes has decided to rubbish his own country (or should I say the white inhabitants of his own country) as an invited guest to the Ol’ Dart.