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The last few weeks have been shocking – for all sorts of reasons

8 Apr

imagesThe last few weeks in Australian politics has been shocking. After threats of a challenge to the leadership of the Labor Party (and, therefore, the Prime Ministership), the political discussions seems to have settled down, once again, into a shallow cat and mouse game between people who should know better, but clearly don’t. ┬áTo top all the excitement off, the government announced some non-changes to superannuation and the PM went on a trip to China. (The trip was supposed to be to attend a conference convened there by a former Labor Prime Minister, but has turned into a great opportunity for the PM to make it look like she cares about the North Korea situation).

Unfortunately, when the cats and mice are doing their thing, the rest of us tend to not hear about other important things that happen… Continue reading

The calibre of public debate

18 Mar

779369-cartoonSometimes I wonder at how low the Australian debate about asylum seekers can go.

When a senior cabinet minister can think of nothing to say, they should say nothing at all. ┬áFor that matter, so should the opposition. ┬áNot so these days – both the Immigration Minister and the shadow minister are guilty of the same…

On 1 March 2013, the Immigration Minister, Brendan O’Connor issued┬áthis┬ámedia release. ┬áIn it, the only thing he talks about is how the opposition are wrong for suggesting that asylum seekers who have been given temporary visas (BVEs) are disappearing into the community. ┬áHe alleges that the arrangements the Labor government have put in place involve much more monitoring of BVE holders than under the Howard Government’s temporary protection visa system. (What a relief!)

There was no policy announcement, no event and no good news story to share – just a media release about his political opponent’s media comments. Clearly that’s news these days. Continue reading

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