Judging politicians (2) – inclusive or divisive?

A couple of posts ago I wrote about how some politicians can polarise the constituency. So how does this tweet from Donald Trump fall on the continuum of inclusiveness versus divisiveness? Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only “stupid” people, or fools, … Continue reading

A cartoonist’s worst nightmare – Abbott gone

As a number of people have said, for comedians and cartoonists Tony Abbott was the gift that just kept on giving. Perhaps my favourite cartoonist is The Guardian’s First Dog on the Moon. Thanks to Tony Abbott he’s had more material than he could cope with over the past two years. … Continue reading

Tony Abbott – flag count competition – new record

You might have noticed some social media and press commentary on the number of flags appearing behind Tony Abbott at his press conferences and prime ministerial announcements. One site, Eclectic Owl, is reporting a pole count surge with a recent sighting of eight flags. This seems quite significant after an average … Continue reading

Wind farm sickness versus global warming – Abbott

Our Prime Minister Mr Abbott yesterday described wind farms as “visually awful”. He went on to say, “Up close, they’re ugly, they’re noisy and they may have all sorts of other impacts.” Referring to a current parliamentary inquiry, he added, “It’s right and proper that we’re having an inquiry into … Continue reading

Captain Abbott and Bill Shorten’s zingers

Australians were dumbfounded on Australia Day when Tony Abbott announce Prince Philip would be receiving one of the two knighthoods on offer. When asked who he had consulted before making the decision, he fell back on his favourite metaphor: “It was a captain’s pick.” (Of course, Tony Abbott is captain … Continue reading

The morality of the tax on sickness

I’ve been building up a head of steam on this for months now, and finally decided I just had to let it all out. But before I start on this rant, some background… During Gough Whitlam’s term as prime minister in 1972 to 1975, a bill was passed providing for … Continue reading

The Conversation – a great online news resource

It’s tough today to get online news for Australians that’s ethical, rigorous and well-written. I’ve always used the ABC, and about a year ago I ditched the Sydney Morning Herald in favour of the Australian edition of The Guardian. When all the bad news starts to get me down I … Continue reading