This year I attended the Mardi Gras in Sydney for the first time. I was even on a float, though groans cry out when I reveal that it was the Liberal Party float.
There is a facebook page dedicated to Haiku on the subject of Tony Abbott.
On Saturday March 15, Tasmania went to the polls, with a Liberal win contributing to the party’s strongest position nationally since the Whitlam Era. The southern isle is the best represented of the Australian states, and has a state electoral system that never fails to entertain.
Australia Needs Higher Education Reform
University funding is in a crisis. The current model has put the tertiary sector in a downward spiral of increasing enrolments, decreasing services and cutting staff and other services. After six years in office and spending $300 billion dollars more than they had, federal Labor actually cut university funding by half a billion dollars. With the sole exception of deregulating the number of commonwealth supported places, two Labor governments have made no attempt to deal with the worsening problem of our underfunded universities.
The sixth annual closing the gap report was given by Prime Minister Tony Abbott last Wednesday week. He recalled the impact that Paul Keating’s “Redfern Park Speech” in 1992 had on him as a parliamentary staffer, and proclaimed that, “Our failures towards Australia’s first people are a stain on our soul”. This is demonstrative of a man impassioned by a cause and serious about fighting for its resolution, and could be a career defining address for Australia’s 28th Prime Minister.
ACT Marriage Laws to be Challenged in High Court
Attorney General George Brandis announced on Thursday that the federal government would mount a high court challenge to new same sex marriage legislation expected to pass through the ACT legislative assembly in October. Brandis has also requested that no couples be married before the high court verdict is reached, this request has been denied by ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher.
Glenn Lazarus Rising
Australia is a conservative country; we enjoy stability, predictability and despise drama in the top office. This has borne out over the last two federal elections with Tony Abbott’s opposition almost unseating an incumbent single term government and then three years later defeating them in a landslide of the same kind as that seen in 1996. With ninety seats announced for the coalition at the time of this article’s writing and two more predicted, this victory shows a deep distrust in Australia for the leadership we have experienced for the last six years under Labor.