Australian Politics, Mark II


If that fixes your typo, the answer is yes.


Blink and you’ll miss it.


Last day today until 2 April. Committee work will continue.


It did go to the Privileges Committee, which exonerated him, but no explanation given.


I said “can go to jail”, never said would.


I gather the “Government” extended Question Time to 2.5 hours to avoid losing yet another vote afterwards…


Death throes.


Yikes, she was one of their best. The cupboard is looking pretty bare.


Just make the public holiday the last Monday in January.
Australia Day can be like the queens birthday celebration in Australia ie not in her birthday.

January is a great time of year for public holidays.

Good luck getting people to do Australia Day activities in Jan 1.


Rats / Sinking ships.


You bet, the moment I read about this I thought


Bishop was gone as soon as Turnbull got knifed. Apparently she only stuck around so Hastie couldn’t move to her safe seat. Many thanks for that one Julie.


Bishop might be working overtime from now on to prevent Christian Porter from getting pre-selection for Curtin and to get a female candidate. He has a fairly marginal seat.


No, she was pushed.

This was all very carefully orchestrated, as displayed y the farking 15 minutes of fan boi coverage this received on the ABC news tonight.

The Libs are very worried that one of their pin-up boys, like C Porter, will lose his seat at the next election so want to parachute him in to the safest seat in the country.

Jules didn’t like the way that C Porter and others promised to vote for her, but then like all good Libs, they turned that into a non-core promise and ratted on her when they got a better offer elsewhere. She then resolved not to resign before the election so one of those Rsoles could not get her seat.

But then, just like all good Libs, she forgot whatever principles she ever had before being the solicitor for Hardy v mesothelioma victims, and saw what side of her future bread would be buttered, so looked for a better offer elsewhere.

So got out with her tyres FULLY over-inflated by the MSM, and awaiting all sorts of board positions that will come her way by grateful albeit vested interests in the future.


She could have hung on till after the election, then resign her seat at a time of her own choosing on “health grounds,” having made sure one of her female protégées would get the nod for the seat. Has she really learnt nothing from Machiavelli ?


January 1st 1901 was the date generously provided for us by the foreign English parliament and their fat little queen in their pompous act of parliament which gave us their gracious permission to be almost independent, under a “Governor General.”.

It is not the only possible date for Australia Day.

We should have a look at August 1st 1893, when the people’s informal Constitutional Conference was held at Corowa, under the leadership of John Quick of Bendigo. That is what marks the true beginning of the Australian Federation. You can read about it here.


A constitution that excluded aborigines from being counted in the census and which expressly excluded the Commonwealth from making laws for the aboriginal race?


Dear Scott and Bill, we’ve strayed from our values: a Socceroo’s plea

By Craig Foster
February 22, 2019 — 12.00am

Dear Scott and Bill,

Thank you for your support for Hakeem al-Araibi during his recent struggle for justice and for the welcome provided to him last week at Parliament House. It was a powerful moment to see a young refugee celebrated in the centre of our democracy, the values of which underpinned our unshakeable conviction in his right to freedom.
In recent years, I have farewelled a loved friend and Hungarian refugee, Laszlo Urge, known as Les Murray AM, who was afforded a NSW state funeral, and seen a young Bahraini refugee become a symbol of hope and of the restoration of our values. Together, they stand as just two examples of what can be achieved by all, including those seeking a new life, free of persecution.
And not for the first time did I reflect that we are all just a different passport away from standing in their place. Had my family been in danger in a 1957 Hungary, I, too, would have fled. And had my own government had me incarcerated and tortured as a young athlete, I, too, would have spoken out and sought a new life elsewhere.
I could have been Les or Hakeem, and so could have you. While we work to ensure a prosperous and safe future for all Australians, we should never forget this.
Hakeem was understandably nervous when entering your offices since, in many countries, there is an unnavigable divide between the entitled and the rest. Don’t be worried, I told him, in Australia everyone is equal and you will have the opportunity one day to hold a position of leadership, should you wish.
Australians do not revere rather we judge the person by their actions. And so too are nations judged. It is in relation to our actions as a country that I now write.
I have waited until after Hakeem was safely home [from Thailand] to explain that one of the reasons it was so difficult to garner international support was because of our own treatment of refugees. This was a constant theme throughout discussions with international stakeholders.
Nor was it lost on any of us fighting so hard against two governments and monarchies and in urging FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation and the International Olympic Committee to uphold their human rights obligations that we are failing to uphold our own.
It cannot be right that, with Australia having participated as one of just eight nations in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over 70 years ago, we are prepared to put people seeking asylum at risk of physical and psychological harm in order to deter others.
The fact that Parliament faced such a considerable challenge to pass legislation simply to provide medical care to refugees, fellow human beings, shows that we have gone too far, strayed from our basic values of humanity, that we need to step back and consider as a nation who we are and what we stand for.
As with Hakeem’s case, this issue transcends party lines and goes to universal values. The policy of indefinite, offshore detention does not uphold our international obligations and we need to be strong enough to admit this and to find a fair and humane solution to this crisis of our conscience.
Of course, we all accept that protecting Australians is critically important and this is why we need to find a solution in which people are not harmed in return. Our country needs strong leadership from you both to regain more than our international credibility in our treatment of all people, but our very sense of nationhood and pride in how we conduct ourselves both at home, and abroad.
The shared will to save Hakeem demonstrates that Australia is ready to have this discussion and to confront the image staring back at us in the mirror.
We are a part of the broader, global family and should act accordingly, just as you and I demanded that other state and non-state actors do on Hakeem’s behalf.

I am asking that you bring together the relevant people in the same spirit of humanity that saved a young man’s life to find a workable solution that upholds the obligations that we so proudly played a role in creating in 1948. One that gives every Australian an opportunity to say that we are not just a great multicultural and sporting nation, but a caring one.
We all saved Hakeem, together, and it will be up to all of our national leaders, irrespective of who ultimately prevails in the forthcoming election, to ensure that we now save ourselves.

Kind Regards,
Craig Foster, former Australian International (Socceroo), 29 appearances, proud but concerned Australian.**


Craig Foster means the Liberals and Nationals, lead by a christian happy clapper who is a farking disgrace not only to his religion but to this country.


Yep it was the LNP and Katter opposing this, but Labor should be ashamed of its record on refugees. I have heard the arguments and seen the tears from Federal Labor MPs about stopping boats, and I get what they are saying, but to imprison men, women and kids for years for being refugees is shameful.

And I understand that many Australians are racist, bigoted red-necks who want to build walls around our Nation and exclude anyone who doesn’t look and think like them, and that political pragmatism drives the Party that I love at times. But it is not farking good enough to let the Paulines of this Nation run our agenda, we are the Party of compassion and progress, and how we treat those with nothing tells us much about ourselves.

So I applaud Craig Fosters words and actions, and hope he continues the fight.