Australian Politics, Mark II


Surely they apologise?
Going after the opposition leader’s dead mum…


The thing is, that article will do exactly the opposite to what Murdoch intended.
They just humanized Bill Shorten.
All of a sudden people will now relate to him.
An own goal.



‘We brought the budget back to surplus next year’ got some unintended laughs.


No they doubled down! Tone deaf.


Why the fark should they be getting this huge boost???

Didn’t the AFL give them Waverley as their training ground? That was a facility that ALL the clubs paid for and they just got free, because … well, because Hawthorn. Why are they now giving that up, and why should they get any support for doing so?

Farking Hawthorn gets enough farking free kicks. They don’t need $20 million of taxpayers’ money FFS! And WTF is Labor doing giving $20M to those silvertails? For double FS!


St Kilda are being given millions to go back to Moorabbin just a few years after they were given millions to go to Seaford.

Just fold already.


And EFC gets zilch?

I don’t think our perfect man knows how to play the AFL game.


This might make more sense than you think.

I’ll bet my bottom dollar that the land is still owned by the AFL, &/or the Vic Gov.

By getting them out of there & into new digs elsewhere, … even if it does take a 20 Mill hand out to help them do so, means that Waverly land can be sub divided or sold to a mob who want to build a new Chadstone for Billions. There’s a lot of money to be reaped back into the coffers of both entities here, … and if for housing, many millions in stamp duties, … not to mention millions a year in Rates in perpetuity.


BDS you have no understanding what it is like to be a politician.

Your theory on short terms is just all wrong, as we need more Politicians who are brave, make decisions and lead, not short term plonkers with no experience and no leadership. when you are a Leader at times you need to make decisions that are unpopular, whether it be raising taxes, going to war or cutting funding to private schools, as examples. Sometimes to implement this and to get the numbers to get it through Parliament, it is a long-term job, so your two year scenario would fark that completely. It would mean that there would be little progress, no economic reform and chopping and changing to suit the whim of the voters, who are not that mature and are petulant little kids at times.


Yeah, I’m not sure you can get the gist. but that’s ok. It’s a little bit too complex to distil down to a few short blog posts, especially with the amount that gets misconstrued and confused.

I know plenty what it’s like to be a Politician, I’ve been working with them, and helping to get elected for over 20 years. I’ve just spent a great deal of time working with the last one we got in this week, and I’m all too well aware of the constraints on them by parties, the contradictions, the conflations, the conspiring, the compromises, the internal conflicts and the lies that have to be told for fear of losing THEIR JOB.

These are the main problems, that are all sorted out by shorter terms, or limited service terms. (I’m not averse to longer terms if it’s one & done)

There should be no such Career as “Politician”, . in fact, it’s almost a contradiction in terms for mine, at direct cross purposes.

It often takes a while, but given enough time, nearly everyone I speak to can see it would be a much better system, … as it once was, … before the vocation became a vehicle able to be used simply for power, ego, & profit.

It might be idealistic,… but it’s not wrong.


Also, you only need to realise that Abbott would likely still be PM if we had set 4 or 5 year terms in this Country as they do in the US and Blighty. It’s only because of our shorter terms that the people were able to orchestrate his demise through the polls, after his total betrayal on Election promises. He would have been able to just ride it out, put in a few sweeteners to his last budget or 2 to please the right people while others simply forgot his barstardry after such a long stint, and he would most likely have been re elected for another go.

For all it’s flaws, I like our system & it’s terms just as it is thanks.


Nope it wrong.

If we are talking ideals, then we would scrap democracy altogether and I would be the benevolent socialist dictator.


Works for Singapore (so far)


Of course it prohibits long term planning. We already see our limited 3 year terms impacting it. Why would anyone implement something that will hurt them now and benefit later, if they’re not going to be around for it? It would reward those who lie through their teeth and achieve short term appearances of success.

The media would be strengthened because the more frequently you go to the polls, the more impact their influence has, and you would be giving a big win to donors and lobbyists.

Really, you want to use Greece as an example? Where you had to be a citizen to vote and bugger all representation for the bulk of the population.

Why are career politicians a problem? Sure, they’re not perfect, but at least they know the system and how to get stuff done. Having everyone change every two years would wipe out any quality, any knowledge built up, and likely

And I hate the idea of a directly elected president. I voted “Yes” last referendum, I’ll vote “No” if a directly elected position comes up. You only have to look at most nations with such as system to see that it is bonkers. Give me a parliamentary system every day of the week.


Right idea, but wrong person in charge. I nominate me.


1 or 2 year single terms, would just create a Technocracy. There is no way untrained noobs could effectively govern the bureaucracy. The departments would be the government.


ABC cuts ‘inevitable’ if Coalition returns to power, managing director warns

Jenny Noyes

4-5 minutes

The ABC is facing “inevitable” job cuts and programming disruption if the Morrison government is returned to power, the national broadcaster’s new managing director has warned.

In his first interview in the new job, David Anderson told Radio National’s Patricia Karvelas that planning for two possible budget scenarios was at the top of his to-do list, after establishing a new leadership team.

ABC managing director David Anderson. Credit:James Alcock

One of those options is a budget in which the ABC’s indexation funding is frozen for the next three years.

“If the Coalition is returned, then we have an $84 million budget reduction over the next three years,” Mr Anderson said.

“Having been through a number of budget reductions to this point, I don’t see how we can avoid staff cuts and, I think, disruption to our content. I think it’s inevitable.”

None of the options available for finding $84 million in savings were great, he said.

If the Coalition is returned, then we have an $84 million budget reduction over the next three years.

David Anderson, ABC managing director

“They’re all options that are not in keeping with what it is that we’re trying to achieve, that is to be independent, inventive and invaluable over the coming years.”

Pressed on what those cuts might look like, Mr Anderson refused to “speculate” beyond confirming that all options under consideration would involve staff and services.

Labor has promised to reverse the pause on indexation, which Mr Anderson said “is obviously a much better scenario for us”; but he would still be looking for efficiencies “to bridge the gap between indexation and what it costs to be the ABC.”

Mr Anderson said he sees it as his job to make the case for more funding towards the ABC, and he has presented arguments to both sides of politics indicating that the $84 million indexation alone “is not enough to cover what are our rising costs of being the ABC across the board.”

He said he has already pushed for a five-year funding cycle to break the broadcaster away from the three-year political cycle.

In a letter circulated to ABC staff on Monday, Mr Anderson promised he would advance the case for funding certainty and increased investment in content and technology.

“I give you this commitment: I will be a passionate champion for the ABC,” he wrote.

“I will work with stakeholders, policy makers and the creative sector to find creative responses to the thorny problems that affect our industry: the lack of a local content framework, the dearth of innovation, the hollowing out of regional media.”

In the interview with Radio National, Mr Anderson he sees public-facing advocacy as essential to the role – a different approach to his predecessor Michelle Guthrie, who was criticised after telling the same program she didn’t want to be a public figure.

The groundswell of public support for the ABC has been a “silver lining” during the recent tumult, he said.

“What we went through at the end of last year, if there was any silver lining, it was the public coming out behind the ABC with just how important it was, how important our independence was, how important to have an independent public broadcaster and its contribution to a sense of national identity and democracy.”

Jenny Noyes

Jenny Noyes is a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald. She was previously a writer and editor at Daily Life.


Benevolent ? Socialist ? Come on Foxy, you’re a boss…


…and another ones gone, … Another one bites the dust, …

Liberal candidate forced to resign over criticism of alleged rape victim

Adam Carey

3-4 minutes

A Liberal candidate has resigned after criticising a woman who said her husband had raped her, saying the husband was the “real victim”.

A spokesman for the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party said Scullin candidate Gurpal Singh was asked to step down after a series of offensive Facebook posts were made public.

“Based on new information that has come to light, Mr Gurpal Singh has been asked to resign as the candidate for Scullin. Mr Singh sincerely apologises for his previous comments and has tendered his resignation,” the spokesman said.

Mr Singh is the seventh Liberal candidate to be disendorsed by the party this federal election.

Mr Singh had previously linked same-sex marriage with paedophilia.

On Thursday, SBS reported Mr Singh, Liberal candidate for the safe Labor seat in Melbourne’s north, took to social media in May last year to condemn the woman for going public with her story of rape.

Gurpal Singh, Liberal candidate for Scullin in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Credit:Liberal Party

“I totally disagree with the allegation of rape,” he posted.

“No sympathy. Such element brings bad name to whole community,” he wrote.

“She skimmed her lover, husband and father of her two children for all these years. And now she alleges rape. Was she kept locked all these years?”

Mr Singh posted his comments in the Facebook comment stream of an SBS news report titled, “I married my rapist”.

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Peter Killin, the former Liberal candidate for Wills.

The Age revealed last month that Mr Singh also likened same-sex marriage with paedophilia, in a radio interview in late 2017.

Here we are doing something that is against nature … ," he told SBS Radio in October 2017.

“How do you perceive that situation and what is the overall impact? I think there is also an issue of paedophilia.”

Mr Singh apologised for the comments and said “they were wrong and I am sorry” after being questioned by The Age .

Related Article

Gurpal Singh, Liberal candidate for Scullin in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

The Coalition stood by Mr Singh in the days since his comments were reported, even as several other election candidates were disendorsed over discriminatory or offensive past statements on social media.

Labor disendorsed Luke Creasey, its candidate for Melbourne, last week after old Facebook posts joking about rape and roughly taking someone’s virginity were revealed in a series of news stories.

The Liberals disendorsed Peter Killin, their candidate for Wills, over homophobic online remarks he made attacking sitting Liberal MP Tim Wilson…

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week that the party had dealt with the matter of Mr Singh’s comments about same-sex couples, which were made during the postal survey.

Mr Singh campaigned for a no vote.

“That matter was dealt with by the party organisation several weeks ago, the party organisation dealt with it,” Mr Morrison told reporters on Wednesday.

Adam Carey

State Political Correspondent for The Age