“I’m no political virgin”, exclaimed Kathy Jackson as she left the Royal Commission supported by intrepid union buster Michael Smith. Well, at least she got that bit right because, by her own admission, she has “windfallen” her way to join the ranks of Williamson, Thomson, Gillard and Wilson.
When the Government applied to the Victorian Supreme Court for a suppression order regarding Reserve Bank subsidiaries’ alleged bribery of Asian leaders, it also asked that a senior diplomatic whistleblower’s explosive affidavit be suppressed. Inexplicably, it submitted that the suppression orders also be suppressed. Justice Hollingworth agreed.
It must be devastating for iconic Gillard whistleblower, Bob Kernohan, to witness a good mate swap his principles for a pretty face. Michael Smith has done exactly that. After he and Kathy arrived back, fresh from a Bali holiday, Smith sat quietly in the Royal Commission into unions, privately defending the indefensible.
As Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop said that, “The revelations concerning the Reserve Bank involved serious allegations about breaches of domestic and foreign laws that, if proven, could seriously harm Australia's international reputation”.
Now maybe I’m getting a little senile but I’ll be buggered if I can figure out what the hell is going on here, and perhaps someone on this blog can explain it because, at least to me, there appears to be something terribly wrong.
MH17 is fast becoming a secondary emergency as social media becomes the primary arsenal of Ukraine and Gaza combatants. Truths that were once concealed by tyrants and terrorists are now visible in gory detail on any computer screen, and not before time.
A massive military build-up on either side of the southern Ukraine border where MH17 was shot down maybe too hot an area for even master negotiator Tony Abbott to risk exposing AFP officers to. Sending troops to protect them is even more risky without an agreed demilitarised zone in place. And who can possibly put it in place?
Semantics can decide whether Scott Morrison can still claim there has been no successful boat venture since the implementation of the Coalition’s Sovereign Borders policy.
As horrific footage of the slaughter of Palestinian women and children reaches into lounge rooms across the globe, pressure is reaching the United Nations with silly talk of Israeli war crimes. Foreign journalists who are competing fiercely for the most gruesome shot, are strangely missing in action when many of thousands of Hamas rockets reach Israeli suburbs.
Barack Obama’s sanctions solution is just as stoopid as all his other “solutions”. Economically isolating a powerful global player started World War II and the US has already filled its quota of starting wars.
It took a little coaxing but a typically carefully selected audience attending the ABC’s infamous Q&A program, convened last night to discuss AIDS, inadvertently unearthed a foolproof cure for the disease.