Tag Archives: Australian Labor Party

June 23

A pox on both their houses

Australian politics has reached one of the lowest ebbs in our history with the one of our two major parties utterly dysfunctional. That the Australian Labor Party (ALP) happens to form vast bulk of the governing coalition is a tragedy. National dissatisfaction with ALP Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reached levels never even anticipated. In […]

Tough as nails – and driving them through the heart of Labor

It’s tempting to ignore the current state of Australian politics but since it impacts every aspect of our daily lives, there’s an imperative that we should not turn a blind eye. So, we look once again at our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and wonder how history will judge her. The Australian people have made clear […]

Shallow diving into the sleaze pit

Australia is deep into a national election campaign that threatens to change the character of this country – and our place in the world – for generations. It is a sickening slide into racism masquerading as a form of economic nationalism. The core of the issue is, essentially, Australia’s mining boom with the associated demand […]

Mockery deserved when self-inflicted

Anne Summers of The Sydney Morning Herald is one of Australia’s pre-eminent journalists but she is allowing her attachment to feminism to cloud her judgment of the commentariat’s view of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Summers complains that Gillard is being mocked to such an extent that it represents misogyny. But is the PM the cause […]

Labor loses its values – and votes

The Australian Labor Party has lost its soul. Oh, something is still beating in its carcass but that is just a lust for power. That’s a harsh assessment, admittedly, but it’s hard to argue its validity. The saddest aspect is the way in which die-hard Labor voters have been abandoned by those who rule their […]

Labor straddles a fatal faultline

Australia’s national government has a century-old tradition of representing the labour movement: the trades unions that gave the ‘working man’ some power to withstand the might of the capitalist bosses. The Australian Labor Party has left an indelible imprint on the fabric of our society yet it today teeters on the brink of demise. How […]

Gillard the Queen Pixie in the fairy garden

Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is losing her grip on reality and slipping into a fantasy land in which she thinks the nation will somehow vote her back into power. Her descent into delusion is reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s darkest of days during Watergate when he was a shambolic caricature of a President. Gillard has […]

Compulsory voting

‘Tis the silly season so far as news is concerned with very little happening, especially in the world of politics. As Australians, particularly, languish in our scorching summer heat, it’s a time when pollies like to run some strange ideas up flagpoles to see if anybody salutes. One such that has quite a lot of […]

Silly, bloody woman!

Australia’s Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, offends me. She sets my teeth on edge and I find her politics distasteful in the extreme. And, whatever her belief system, I don’t bloody like that, either. Yes, I am belabouring a point. I’m affronted by her attack on the most fundamental principle of our democratic system of governance: freedom […]