an approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application. Richard Marles, Labor’s Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party, has come out stating that Labor needs to be ‘pragmatic’ in it’s approach to policy development between now and the next federal election. “be prepared to ignore and avoid and look past the manufactured parliamentary tests, the stunts and the wedge politics the Liberals spend so much of their time constructing for us”. “We know that sometimes that will hurt in the short term, sometimes it will sting our passionate supporters who might prefer a […]
… like three Nembutal and a jolt of really top notch Vodka on the way out life’s front door.
I’ve deliberately stayed out of political commentary for some time now. I see little point in commentating on political differences between the two major parties in Australia because essentially there are none.
Where has the Australian Labor Party of my youth vanished to? Where is the Party and the people of the 1970’s and `80’s which adhered to time-honoured and honourable Labor dictums like fairness, equality, justice and above all else, that innate sense of egalitarianism? How can a Labor Prime Minister nominate and effectively pre-select as a Senate candidate, a person who isn’t even a member of her Party? And why should this even arise as a circumstance? Since when does the ALP reside in one person? Where is the Labor Caucus? I don’t care if said nominee is black, white or brindle; […]
Joseph Goebbels stated: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State Campbell Newman’s Idol
I wrote yesterday that I was disengaging from observation and commentary of the political process in Australia, until the next election, due in November 2013.
I was trawling through my Google account settings – a frightening undertaking, let me tell you – and came across the blog post which appears below the fold. I wrote it in the lead up to the August 2010 federal election, stored it in Google Docs but never posted it. I read it through before deleting and found it’s still very relevant today. So, waste not, want not.
An open letter to the Australian Labor Party.