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At last the fateful day is looming – the interminable campaign for the five by elections no-one wanted (except, of course, the media) is finally coming to a climax. Or, in the case of at least two of them, an anti-climax.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten yesterday visited businesses in Murwillumbah to hear about recovery efforts a year on from the devastating floods which impacted heavily on Tweed, Byron and Lismore shires.
So far so good. To the surprise of many – including, one suspects, Bill Shorten himself – the Batman by-election is done and dusted and it appeared that the confected furore over the great dividend imputation refund had little, if anything, to do with it.
You would have missed it, if you were relying on mainstream media, but Labor leader Bill Shorten did actually mention clean energy and climate policies in his scene-setting speech for 2018, which may well turn out to be an election year.
For most of the time, it hadn’t been a bad week for Malcolm Turnbull. For starters, it was a non-sitting week, which meant that he didn’t have to spend much public time with the bumblers, urgers and saboteurs sitting around him on the government benches.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten took to Cudgen Headland yesterday to promise a new federal learn-to-swim plan for children… and there was not a pair of budgie smugglers in sight.
Mungo: The grim reality of the polling only confirms that it is time, time and half, perhaps even double time for Bill Shorten to decide just what he is to do about Dyson Heydon’s Royal Commission into the unions and in particular his own involvement.
Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to present Robyn Davidson, author of the international bestseller Tracks, for an intimate conversation with Zacharey Jane about her memoir Unfinished Woman.
A Message from Tasmania: ‘If you care about what you eat, be careful what you buy.’ A campaign to protect some of Australia’s most pristine waterways from industrial destruction is being launched nationally at the Brunswick Picture House on Friday evening at a live music and video event.