Agree on Butler - bright future in the party perhaps?
I think Coonan's appointment is very recent (just checked, it was in the news Aug 26) - maybe La Trioli mentioned it in the guest intro? I missed that.
Totally agree about the pokies discussion - even though the three boys tried to steer it a humanistic discussion 'Sneery' and the 'Board Member' derailed it. Couldn't believe they labelled it 'highly political'. Huh?
Thu 29 Sep, 2011 08:54 pm
video:Clarke and Dawe on Australia's economy
Posted September 29, 2011 22:59:00
Bryan Dawe interviews Australia's Finance Minister about his outstanding achievement in macro-economic management.
Welcome to our “In Conversation” between former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Melbourne University political scientist Professor Robyn Eckersley.
First elected to Federal parliament in 1955, Fraser is one of the major figures in the history of the Australian Liberal party, famously coming to power as Prime Minister after the dismissal of Gough Whitlam by Governor General John Kerr in 1975.
To many, Fraser has undergone a Damascene political conversion in recent years. To others, he’s sold out the Liberal party and its core values.
Reviled by the left for replacing Whitlam and for some of his policy decisions as prime minister, Fraser has resigned his membership of the Liberal party and become and outspoken critic of many of the party’s policies, notably on refugees and indigenous affairs.
In this conversation, Fraser explores a range of subjects from his earliest political experiences to his most recent interventions in public life:
According to Fraser he hasn't changed, the liberal party has. Fraser welcomed the Vietnamese boat people remember, and has always between supportive of indigenous apirations (believe it or not). Geez I hated his government though - particularly his treasurer. They oversaw a really rough time in our economy (in my memory worse than Keating's recession we had to have) where I lived had 45% youth unemployment. On the bus to school once a fortnight I'd see the dole queue stretching literally blocks from the dole office at 8 in the morning.
It's an interesting read - not sure how much is revisionism. I do remember seeing Gough and Malcolm do a joint interview a few years back - there was obvious and surprising camaraderie between them.
We helped **** Vietnam with the bloody Yanks, so we should have received the (conservative) boat people with open bloody arms. I wonder what Fraser thinks of the current Yank-and-Oz buggered boat folk?
Sun 23 Oct, 2011 10:36 pm
Mon 24 Oct, 2011 07:52 pm
George Orwell was a pussy
Baird admits voluntary redundancies are compulsory
By NSW political reporter Mark Tobin
Updated October 25, 2011 12:47:56
New South Wales Treasurer Mike Baird says public sector workers who are offered voluntary redundancies will be sacked if they do not accept them.
Meanwhile, in Victoria, the government has given police a big pay rise, compared to other public sector workers who remain screwed.
Perhaps a reward for the police violence toward City Square Occupiers in the city a few days ago?
I hope you're right about that.
Me (being a pessimist right now, I think), I was just imagining the combined horror of Baillieu at state level & the Mad Monk at the federal level.
The stuff of nightmares.