Religion is privatised. Why not marriage?
According to an Essential Poll released on Budget day, nearly four-fifths of Australians – 79 per cent – reject the proposition that universities should be able to set course fees at any level they want.
WA loses out this year from the Grants Commission formula, but it will be other states, like Queensland in subsequent years.
Nevertheless the Prime Minister has shown himself to be accident-prone both in utterances and decisions. His errors have had a cumulative effect.
Our challenge is not to say goodbye; it is to be more magnanimous in his death than we were in his life and to acknowledge this giant, who was surely one of us.
The very different results in Lakemba and Auburn, adjacent seats with high Muslim populations, points to the influence of the Lebanese Muslim Association and its activist president Samier Dandan.
Santos, Woodside Energy and Hancock Coal were some of the companies that donated more than $1.1 million to the major parties. The implications for democracy are deeply concerning.
In 1981 I gained employment when the Fraser government created the Australian Federal Human Rights Commission under the Chairmanship of Dame Roma Mitchell.
Various Australian Labor prime ministers were quick to the tribute podium, finding their own progressive mirror in the works of a man which the Left down-under historically reviled.
When it counted, Malcolm Fraser was a man of courage who acted in the national interest in a way that often clashed with his image, and party interest.
What is the role of party rules in recent leadership spills?
The three pillars of the notorious Washington Consensus were fiscal austerity, privatisation and liberalisation. They are precisely the principles that the Abbott government espouses, and implements when it can.