Category Archives: Politics – national

“Dear Northern Territorians …”

“… 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

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An annoying side-effect of politics

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

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Cheerio, Malcolm

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

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What Next for Turnbull?

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

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Our Nick gets the Nod 2.0

With all of today’s sturm und drang in Canberra, it perhaps slipped by Troppo readers that our own Nicholas Gruen has been tapped to head up a government taskforce on Government 2.0.
As I understand it, the taskforce is essentially being run out of AGIMO. Long time readers of Troppo will know that I’ve become a [...] Continue reading

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An excuse to mention cryptography

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

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Question

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

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Wikileaks threaten Conroy with extradition proceedings

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

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