I made a call to my Constitutional lawyer golfing friend: “Hi mate. Can an elected Government make an executive decision regarding bringing forward or delaying a tax, legislated for by a previous Government, without introducing new legislation? What do ya reckon?”
The Government has secretly called for tenders to build a new offshore processing centre in another recipient of substantial Aussie aid, The Solomons, according to an informant.
Mike Devereux was given three years to turn around Holden’s five years of losses. He was unable to do that, so Detroit’s decision to stop the haemorrhaging, barring further massive government assistance, was actually made over three years ago during the Rudd regime.
1. Magistrate Lauristen’s ruling on the attempted suppression of AWU evidence by S & G and Bruce Wilson.
Never underestimate the level of sophistication in the homosexual lobby. There was no expectation that the High Court would ever rule that State legislatures could usurp Federal Acts. It was a costly exercise in futility and they knew it.
During the brief absence of Opposition leader Bill Shorten, we had an opportunity to view the true colours of his Deputy, Tanya Plibersek, and they were not pretty.
ABC Chairman Jim Spigelman’s address to today’s Press Club luncheon was one of the most self-serving and fatuous I have heard. Someone has been in Jim’s ear, and that someone has told him he had better shape up or prepare to ship out.
Not many things can surprise me. I’ve been around a long while and have done just about everything so, after broaching the subject of paedophilia and having had a thousand wicked stories of child abuse hit my desk, I sat here gobsmacked thinking all this just can’t be true!
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.