Whatever your view on Gough, and mine is he would've made a better stand-up comic with his own TV show than PM, his wit in Australian politics was sharp, possibly unrivaled, challenged only by the likes of Fred Daly, Jim Killen and the affable John Button.
Since September 2001, thirteen years have passed, despite the fact that it seems just like yesterday. Since that fateful day on the 11th of September, the world has changed forever... and sadly it is reaching a stage where western democratic Governments are going to have to take firm action in regard to the mass violence being perpetrated in so many Islamic countries in the Middle East and North and Central Africa.
It would seem some halal certification agencies are getting a little nervous about the recent backlash towards unnecessary halal certification fees and the fact many Aussies are waking up to the rort.
Gough Whitlam came up to me at a function in Balmain in 1976, he looked me in the eye and in his typical haughty voice said, “You can do whatever you like to me, but leave Margaret alone.” I felt like a naughty schoolboy as I searched in vain for an appropriate response.
Halal money from Australian mosques and Islamic State Councils is being laundered through a charity called Al Imdaad, and it is finding its way to the Syrian conflict.
Queensland’s Maleny Dairies has come out against the halal scammers and declared they will keep prices down and will refuse to be bullied into paying a halal tax on their product. Their stance has had overwhelming support from everyone except the regularly-out-of-touch Courier Mail.
What will it take to convince the true believers of global warming that they have been led up a garden path? A garden path paved in gold for the scammers of the UN, the IPCC and all those set for a windfall in carbon credit trading.
Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh has always struck me as one of those party nerds who try way too hard to please and to impress. The school wonk you always wanted to give an uppercut after he sat down from reciting word-for-word the first six volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The class dobber and teacher's pet desperate for approval, collecting all the little merit badges in his over reach for school prefect.
The Australian Government Department of the Environment, Antarctic Division, has again departed for the southern ice cap, this time to count penguins, test the sea for “acidification” and find some more evidence of global warming.
Compassion4Kurdistan, which tries to raise awareness of the Islamic State's persecution of women and children has told BBC World Service how captured Yazidi women are pleading for the coalition to bomb the brothels where they are confined as that would end their misery.
Despite the fact that neither the Koran nor the Hadiths require money to be paid out in fees for halal certification it is massive, worldwide and an extremely lucrative industry. Make no mistake, the money raised is used to fund, in part or whole, the push for Shariah Law in Australia and around the world.
It would have been difficult to ever charge Julia Gillard over the slush fund affair but media’s comments are a mix of relief and “we told you so”... and wildly inaccurate. “Julia Gillard has been cleared of any wrongdoing!” Not so! And not so fast, fellas.
Leftist Fairfax and The Guardian in typical form suggested we, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here”. After all this is only another ALP mishap that needs no scrutiny, I mean it’s not as if Nova Peris might have punched a wall 35 years ago is it? And if any of you out there dare suggest black impropriety we’ll call you racists and bigots.
In the early seventies Gough Whitlam tried to take over and reform the Victorian branch of the ALP. He knew, that without breaking the union umbilical cord, Labor was nationally unelectable. He did so, temporarily, but the communist activist thugs returned with new faces in the BLF running roughshod over the State’s construction industry. Eventually it became the most notorious union in the country under the guise of an expanded and renamed CFMEU.
You might have wanted to make a cuppa and grab yourself a Tim Tam while watching Senator Nova Peris deliver her public explanation of “that” affair. Well...maybe just a cuppa. I've suddenly gone off Tim Tams.