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Category Archives: Politics – national
“… fuck you”. This is the essence of today’s announcement by the Prime Minister that she is going to parachute Nova Peris into the #1 spot on the ALP’s Senate ticket. The electoral calculus means that this will guarantee a … Continue reading
Thanks to this furious sturm und drang going on in Canberra, Stateline has been pushed off the air for the week. I find this rather annoying. We have a satellite received here which lets me tune into the NT’s Stateline to get some flavour of home. I’d rather have that than another half hour of [...] Continue reading
Machiavelli says that fortune is like a woman (“she favours the bold”). Well it seems that fortune is a bit of a backstabbing so-and-so if your name is Malcolm Turnbull. After smiling on him throughout his entire professional career, she has utterly abandoned him this week.
I mean she’s had it in for Malcolm for months. [...] Continue reading
Turnbull’s decision to go all-in over OzCar on the basis of a single email is now clearly recognised as one of the greatest all-time blunders in Australian political history. He was just too eager; he fell for the oldest of all human flaws — wishful thinking.
In fable terms, Turnbull’s character is the Lion — brave, [...] Continue reading
I needn’t tell Troppo readers that a few days of heady excitement are afoot in Canberra. Personally I doubt that the PM will go, but Swan might be in serious trouble.
A lot of argy-bargy has gone on about whether a “smoking gun” email, allegedly in the Coalition’s possession, is genuine. A lot of people have [...] Continue reading
If I understand correctly, the $900 stimulus payment won’t be paid to people who earned less than $6000 last year — ie, those who did not pay net tax.
On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is a gale and 10 is cyclone Tracy multiplied by hurricane Katrina, how much of a poostorm is [...] Continue reading
Wikileaks have acquired a copy of the ACMA blacklist (which I am unable to link to without being fined) which forms part of Conroy’s filtering masterplan.
Conroy issued a press release saying that he was going to hunt down the person who leaked the list to Wikileaks.
Now Wikileaks have advised that if he does so, they [...] Continue reading