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The first trailer for the new biopic about Mrs Thatcher: Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Menzies House
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NSW Election Day Above: NSW Liberals share their election day message: Labor doesn't deserve your vote. Newspoll says NSW voters set to punish Labor (The Australian). The Sydney Morning Herald says Labor will be reduced to 16 seats. London newspaper asks if the NSW Labor government is the most scandal-ridden government ever known? (The Independent) Labor smears Dai Le, Liberal for Cabramatta, calling her a One Nation supporter. Meet Ms Le and make sure she gets your support if you are a Cabramatta voter: Meanwhile, Federal NSW Labor MP, Darren Cheeseman denies inappropriate behaviour in Canberra bar (The Australian). And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Menzies House
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Above: The latest political advertisement from the NSW Liberals. Impending Rudd Challenge? Rudd News No. 1: Is Rudd leaking again so as to damage Prime Minister Gillard? Apparently, the mining tax truce was Rudd's idea (The Australian). Rudd News No. 2: Rudd says that UN has responsibility to protect citizens in civil wars (The Australian). Rudd News No. 3: Rudd visits Carmel Tebutt in Marrickville (Sydney Morning Herald). Yet More Rudd News: Activist Rudd defies his critics (including Prime Minister Gillard presumably) Sydney Morning Herald. Is Rudd going to challenge? Laurie Oakes flags the Rudd Resurrection, labelling Rudd 'the preferred... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at Menzies House
Above: Latest NSW Liberal Party campaign advertisement. Australia Labor has a bad day at the office. According to Roy Morgan, Liberal-Nationals two-party preferred at 55.5% compared to Labor's 44.5% (Roy Morgan). William Bowe the Pollbludger comments on the results (Crikey). Labor politician, Mark Dreyfus QC draws a parallel between Tony Abbott and vile Nazi propagandist, Josef Goebbels (Sydney Morning Herald). Will Wayne Swan condemn his colleague? (The Australian) Malcolm Farr: Gillard: A practically left-wing PM in every way (The Punch). Milk Wars heat up (Ninemsn) Australia's foreign policy in a shambles after Kevin Rudd directly contradicts his leader and Prime... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Menzies House
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Above: Latest NSW Liberal campaign advertisement Australia Robert Merkel on disabilities funding and emissions trading: 'So why is it that we can so easily we afford $12 per week to help the disabled – so easily, that there doesn’t seem to be any inclination for anyone in politics to quibble – and yet the costs of reducing greenhouse emissions are going to be so utterly intolerable that there will be a “people’s revolt”?', Larvartus Prodeo Did Tony Abbott have an easy week?, Sydney Morning Herald NSW Nationals harness Oakeshott/Windsor disenchantment to defeat State Independents, The Australian Andrew Bolt on rudeness... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Menzies House
Above: Latest NSW Liberal election advertisement. Australia NT intervention, just another failed plan: Mal Brough, The Australian Tax homes and control mine boom, say CEOs, Sydney Morning Herald Barnett says WA not prepared to carry the rest of Australia, "Canberra is beginning to take note of the US-style tea party brewing in the West", The Australian The rise of monoculturalism in Australia's political parties, "Nick Greiner believes the consequence of the triumph of the careerists is that there's an "obsession with politics over policy and that large parts of the community are feeling disengaged from the political process", The Australian... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Menzies House
Visit this website to view the Australian Goverment's campaign to promote 'respect'. Is this the most nauseating government advertising campaign ever? Never forget, we pay for this rubbish. (Hat tip to Tom) (JS) UPDATE: Please keep comments on topic (which is only about government spending priorities). Regular commentator Jenny makes a powerful point in rebuttal to this post: 'I fail to see why a program aimed at instilling awareness about the importance of and means of exhibiting respect is "nauseating". In the old days it was called civics. It's a form of practical pedagogy which dates back to Confucius in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2011 at Menzies House
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Several weeks ago, Menzies House drew attention to the High Court's decision to consider a challenge to the Federal Government's National School Chaplaincy programme. The challenge seems to be on the basis that the Federal Government has contravened s 116 of the Commonwealth Constitution by introducing a 'religious test' to be an 'officer of the Commonwealth'. The programme's origins lie in Western Australia, where the Richard Court State Government, introduced a chaplains' programme in the late 1990s into Western Australian schools. Following the Court Government's defeat in 2001, the new Gallop Labor Government abolished the programme. The WA Liberals then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Menzies House
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Tony Abbott has been subject to muckraking throughout his career. Have we seen the climax over the past thirty six hours? Channel 7 misrepresented a film of Abbott to falsely allege that he was 'insensitive' with respect to the death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan. Abbott was actually talking about a different issue. Professor Davidson describes Channel 7 as 'grubs'. Tim Blair concludes that 'Seven is a disgrace'. Andrew Bolt says, the episode 'is the nastiest, dirtiest “gotcha” I’ve seen in years'. Bolt also observes: Incidentally, have you noticed a concerted media campaign from late last week to claim... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Menzies House
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ConservativeHome US on Sarah Palin. (Posted by JS) Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Menzies House
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Read the latest about the British nanny state. Or there is this story about pensioners who were prosecuted for cutting a security alarm which had been ringing non-stop for two months. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Menzies House
Tasmania has a new Premier. Apparently, Lara Giddings' background is as follows: Law/Arts at the University of Tasmania Worked in the Senate as a 'Whip's Clerk' Electorate Officer for a Senator Some temp admin work in London Research Officer in the Scottish Parliament Media Officer for the Tasmanian Premier Then an MP, a Minister and now Premier Giddings' ascension means that South Australia is now the only state which has never had a female Premier. Isn't her real achievement that she is the first Australian Premier who has never had a job outside government? According to reports which describe her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Menzies House
Perhaps I am more familiar with the Australian bureaucracy so I find it easier to deal with them. I suppose I never had to deal with Australian bureaucrats because, as someone who is Australian (single, no kids, working, citizen etc), I never had to 'restart' my life (by registering for tax purposes, getting a new drivers' licence, applying for my visa and so on) while in Britain, I have had to do so over the past few years. I would say that I find that the scale of the British Government strikes me. There are 5 million bureaucrats (of which, only 500,000 are front line staff like nurses, doctors and police officers) and places like Northern Ireland have well over 70% of their economic activity generated by public funding. I've found it incredible that there are places in major English cities where nobody works (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345766/Britains-workshy-community-Cottsmeadow-Estate-Birmingham.html) I also think infrastructure is tangibly worse. Government offices are decrepit, the public transport system is in a state of collapse, hospitals are awful, nothing seems to work etc etc. Nonetheless, there is this bizarre fascination with protecting these 'wonderful achievements and institutions' among large swathes of the British political elite on both sides e.g. Cameron increasing the foreign aid budget and ring fencing the NHS from budget cuts. Then, of course, there is the EU but that's for another day.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2011 on Observations on the UK at Menzies House
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