I could hear, smell and touch the relief in Bob Kernohan’s voice over the phone as he left the Magistrates Court in Melbourne yesterday. I wanted to give him a cuddle as he drew a little closer to the end of an agonising personal nightmare.
There is no doubt Campbell Newman’s new bikie laws will be given short shrift by the High Court. Only a fool without a senate would think to legislate that we be unequal under the law. (Ample laws already exist to deal with the bikie scourge.) And only a fool would consider appointing Rob Borbidge as Qld Governor, but Premier Newman is planning to do both.
The week-long Mandela epilogue will be an emotional farewell for South African blacks and coloureds and an excessive bore to others. Significant is the number of whites who also openly show grief at his passing.
Free trade agreements and tariff reductions have placed Australia in a world market free-for-all where we are no longer an insulated holiday island and no longer competitive in anything other than mining. We can’t have it both ways.
Prior to Gillard’s election to Prime Minister senior Press Gallery hacks were canvassed by the ALP Right faction to determine if her connection to the AWU fraud would “be a problem”. The Press was emphatic... it wouldn’t be!
As a misogynistic nutjob I have always believed Gillard was safe from prosecution over the AWU fraud case because of an unusual facet to her many relationships: Not one has ended in vitriol.
It’s doubtful Tony Abbott is toying with the double dissolution option. It’s a tortuous process with an unknown outcome that could take up the entire six months that is needed for the new Senate to take its place.
The Age called it “Abbott’s boulevard of broken promises”, The SMH called Christopher Pyne the Minister for Muddles in a “Gonski reversal”, SKY News called it a “cave-in” and a “double backflip”, The Australian called it “a fix” and news.com and The Telegraph went with, "Justin Bieber is a spoilt brat".
PM Tony Abbott seems content to cop a flurry of Left hooks on the chin without returning a straight Right. As an ex-boxer, and someone his electors believed gave no quarter, he appears to be taking a dive in the first and it has raised the ire of conservative fight fans.
A Government in its final days and drowning in debt made ridiculously unattainable (and unfunded) social promises. It dared the then Opposition to match those unaffordable dream schemes.
Last week, after receiving reliable information that the prominent Labor Party figure accused of rape was none other than Bill Shorten, I wrote the following:
GMH workers are paid up to $3,000 per week for tightening nuts, courtesy of billions paid to the motor industry by taxpayers. Taxpayers then switch to the more affordable and less labour-costly foreign product. Meanwhile the workers are forced to live on borrowed time. The only eventual beneficiaries are the unions who, when the industry finally fails, find another industry to ruin.