The news that the newly formed Australian Border Force (ABF) was partnering Victoria Police and other agencies to mount a special operation in Melbourne’s CBD sparked an immediate storm of protest on Friday.
Once again our creative prime minister has devised a bold and imaginative solution. Now it just remains to discover a credible problem to go with it. Tony Abbott’s latest wedge, to shut down the protection of the environment from its friends.
It was all over the news on Monday lunchtime – or at least the News Corp news: a new poll showed that 76 per cent of Aussies would like to have a plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage. But who commissioned the poll and who conducted it?
I don’t imagine there are too many loving gay couples putting an empty seat aside for Mr Abbott just in case he decides to cross the floor and the sexuality divide at the same time. He’s like the Grinch who stole gay weddings.
Nope, nope, nope – the most negative and illiterate of all Tony Abbott’s three-word slogans.His rejection of even the merest consideration of the complex, harrowing and indeed tragic plight of the Rohingya asylum seekers is frankly contemptuous.
Paul Keating’s famous dictum that you should never stand between a state premier and a bucket of money, and his other advice that you should always back self interest because at least you knew it was always trying, has seldom been more dramatically confirmed.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a new taskforce will seek to coordinate a national response to the growing ice epidemic.
Tony Abbott’s brain snap describing the indigenous outstation movement was not only crass, unthinking and deeply offensive; it was just plain wrong, and wrong on a whole series of different levels, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Tony Abbott's leadership was saved in part by a last-minute email campaign by right-wing group the National Civic Council, which denigrated Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop in an email to its supporters.
Harald Ehrlich, Suffolk Park. It is good to see that our prime minister has discovered his heart and is speaking up on behalf of our Aussie drug smugglers. Can he extend his compassion a bit further and act on behalf of the hundreds of children incarcerated for no crime, for no good reason and for the rest of their life just for being children of refugees?
Tony Abbott’s captain’s kick at his chief whip, Phillip Ruddock has received decidedly mixed reviews, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Australia. Day Two of Good Government, 3am. No one – no matter how well educated, no matter how up himself, no matter how privileged, no-matter how many speech writers are employed – is the 'suppository of all wisdom'.
Whatever happens in the Liberal Party, and everyone assumes that we will only have the pleasure of Abbott’s company for another few months, the chaos in the wider circles of the Right cannot be underestimated, writes Guy Rundle.
If the Queensland election tells us anything about politics in Australia it is that the stranglehold of the far right over the conservative arena in Australia is being broken, writes RenewEconomy editor Giles Parkinson.
Barack Obama’s speech to the University of Queensland during the G20 bash was undoubtedly a show-stopper: spell-binding oratory which included a powerful message urging the people, particularly the youth, to demand more action on climate change.