Any decision made by the minister is unchallengeable – if there are no minimum rules or standards, how can any planning decision be wrong or inadequate?
There is no current alternative party of the centre, a role once filled by the Australia Party (remember Gordon Barton?) and the Democrats. If one existed I would expect it to do quite well.
Off-hand, ideologically-driven or politically-motivated opinions disguised as facts are nothing new in political discourse.
Whoever is in power at any level of government anywhere in the nation will be removed at the next election, whether they be left or right.
In my term in parliament, I want to convince Australians to reconsider whether handing their money over to the government is better than keeping it themselves.
If you want to know how the left in Australia thinks, then check out Twitter. It will also explain the slow degradation of Australian political reporting into gotcha exposes and personal slurs.
Where does the devil lie? He (or she) lies in the detail and when it comes to policy there is no more vexing devil than implementation.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott may not be a good public orator or rhetorician but that does not make him a poor statesman.
In a practical sense that must mean a decisive break on the part of Labor with the mindset of 'small government'.
The Liberal Party does have a view of the world, and it needs to be enunciated especially at times like these. Not everyone will like it, but that is not important.
An engineering degree, the degree my father did for free, will cost as much as $119,000.
The need to balance the budget is not a legitimate reason to undercut human rights.