Unsustainable – code for “we’re going to cut it”

Unsustainable. It seems every other Ministerial press release suddenly uses the word. It sounds dire, with vague threats of looming disaster, but without more information it’s just a word to scare children, or to excuse cuts. Before the election, there were promises aplenty not to cut the core social services – health, education, welfare. Suddenly, after […]

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70 days in Canberra – Gonski, iksnoG, Gonski, Gone

Excerpted from my article  Prime Minister “One-term” Tony sets a blistering pace, about One-term Tony’s achievements in only 70 days. Education: The Gonski report was the culmination of over two years concentrated effort by an expert team of independent educational specialists led by respected and impartial businessman David Gonski. Over 7000 submissions and 71 education groups […]

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70 days in Canberra – gunboat diplomacy

Excerpted from my article  Prime Minister “One-term” Tony sets a blistering pace, about One-term Tony’s achievements in only 70 days. Sri Lanka: Determined to put Australia into the international spotlight, One-term quickly showed that he’s not afraid to disagree with, well, pretty much everybody. Canada, India and Mauritius all boycotted the CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka […]