Who would better know how to expose a failed a policy than those who proposed it?
The Oakeshott Bill removed even further protections for asylum seekers in what is already one of the most anti-immigrant pieces of legislation in the developed world.
All we needed was a Canberra farce and we have all we need to know.
How do you change racial provisions in the Constitution when the entire infrastructure of land rights is based on it?
Racial/cultural separation, or whatever you want to call it, remains embedded as ever in the centre of our body politic
Commentators are dismayed at Gillard’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on the High Court, but what is really striking is how mild it is.
The independents cannot solve the problem of legitimacy that affects both the major parties and underpins the election result.
It is likely that whichever party forms government with the independents, they will use those independents as a cover for not being able to implement a program that they never had in the first place.
Gillard claims to want to move away from political correctness on asylum seekers, but in fact her entire approach to the issue shares the assumption of the politically correct left; namely that concerns about it are such a powerful inflammatory force in the electorate that it must be indulged and made a big deal of.
Even before the 2007 election, Rudd was using health as a basis for his anti-political agenda.