Weatherill’s Parallel Universe – Oakden and Ministerial Responsibility

The Theory: Ministerial responsibility is an oath taken by ministers that makes them accountable to the Parliament. It is central to the Parliamentary system because it ensures the accountability of the government to the legislature and so, to the people. This differs from the collective responsibility of Cabinet which demands that members of the Cabinet must publicly ...

Apples With Apples

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When a man mows down pedestrians with his car in Melbourne’s Mall, the police insist it has nothing to do with terrorism and the government assiduously avoids ever using the word. When a man mows down pedestrians with his car on London’s Westminster Bridge, the police and the British PM immediately describe the events as a ...

Another Downpayment for the PM’s Job

In a dishonourable capitulation to right wing pressure to change s.18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Prime Minister Turnbull has given the green light to all those who think it is fine to insult, offend and humiliate their fellow Australians. In support of this Prime Ministerial imprimatur and institutional endorsement of bigotry, the PM, in true Orwellian speak, ...

Last Gasp Government

    So the government has stirred from its slumber and has actually recognized that the State has been poorly served in its supply of energy.   It should be congratulated for recognizing the need to act, however belatedly. No South Australian would deny that something had to be done and, in time, the full analysis of their proposed ...

Honesty In Leadership

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In this age of disappearing animal species, the degradation of our environment and the loss of such wondrous creations as the Great Barrier Reef, there has been a radical erosion in a basic human value that has been overlooked.   Truth, as a value, is now entrenched on the list of endangered species.   We have known propaganda, jingoism, ...

State Governments – Who Should Be In Them?

What do we need in our State government? Historically, our governments have been made up of (usually) well-meaning individuals with little or no previous experience in the work of the portfolios that they are assigned. Few Ministers for Health have ever held a degree in medicine, few Attorneys General have ever practiced at length in the law, ...

Why Are We Subsidising Child Abusers?

It's Time for Churches to Pay Their Way or Get Out of the Way In hardened economic times, we increasingly scrutinise the disposition of public funds. For instance, we are more emboldened to ask why is it exactly that the public is required to pay for life-time gold passes as a travel perk for former MP’s? When ...

Labor’s Sinking Ship

South Australian Politics Leaves Government Up For Grabs And so it starts. Plip, plop, plip, plop ..... The sound of the rats deserting the sinking Labor ship is unmistakeable. South Australians are no longer surprised at the pettiness, incompetence and arrogance of the long term beneficiaries of the public purse who are now lining up to ...

If Only ….

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Police say that the terrible incident that happened in Melbourne “is not terror related”. If ever a statement presented all the hallmarks of covering your backside, this is it. The real message that they are not so subtlety trying to convey is “don’t blame us, we didn’t miss anything because this man is not associated ...