Why is it that when we talk about reform it is nearly always about how much something costs rather than what it is worth?
I remember the joy of the Whitlam years. It was invigorating. The changes he made – not promises for the distant future but real achievements – could truly be labelled reform.
Ended conscription and got us out of Vietnam
Opened relationships with China
Introduced the supporting mother’s benefit and welfare payment for homeless people.
Equal pay for women and extended adult minimum wage to include women workers
Abolished the death penalty
Federal funding for state schools
Free university education
25% cut in tariffs across the board
Reduced voting age to 18
An Order of Australia replaced the British Honours system
Racial discrimination act
Land rights to Indigenous people
Replaced God Save the Queen with Advance Australia Fair as the national anthem.
Established the National Gallery of Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Heritage Commission, FM and community radio.
The film industry flourished
Talk about tax cuts, national security, and surpluses doesn’t have the same inspirational ring to it somehow.
Having a good memory for past federal elections and the tactics employed, going back as far as 1958, I cannot recall a time when dishonesty and outright lies played such a pivotal role in the strategy of the Liberal Party.
These midterms have seen a surge in female candidates as women rail against their president – including in Iowa’s prairie country, where being “nice” has its limits.
By Matthew Knott
Leo Varadkar will become the Republic of Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister and the youngest person ever to hold the office.
Donations from the billionaire business lobby to the Conservative Party are already almost double the total handed to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour by the trade union movement, figures published by the Electoral Commission on Friday show.
Australia will finally have an election campaign that deals with the possibility of asylum seekers arriving by boat, after almost twenty years of campaigns focused on other, less important issues.
“When it comes to election campaigns, too often all we hear about is health or education, or economic plans, when what Australians really want to hear about is what affects them the most: a guy getting on a boat,” Jenny Lance, a spokesperson for the Voters’ Alliance group said.
She said the early signs showed this campaign was headed in a different direction. “Since Peter Dutton’s interview the other night, I really get the sense that the next forty days or so of the campaign will dominated by the danger asylum seekers pose to our nation. What a refreshing change”.
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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA (CT&P) – After acting in a docile and somewhat incompetent manner in the first two quarters, Alabama’s herd of giant pachyderms went berserk in the second half, running over, through, and around a hapless Auburn defense like they were not there. Auburn defensive players were left crushed and mangled on the field like shoppers on Black Friday trying to get into Walmart.
The dominant bull in the herd, Blake Sims, led the tuskers on five straight touchdown drives to cinch the glorious Bama victory. Wide receiver Amari “The Stud” Cooper caught two of his three touchdown passes in the third quarter in route to a 13 reception, 224 yard performance.
Auburn coaches and players seemed overwhelmed and unable to stem the Tide of murderous enraged pachyderms.
“It was just plain horrifying,” said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. “We were hauling injured and dead felines off the field after every play. The monstrous beasts showed no mercy whatsoever. It was like standing in front of dam as it burst. There was just no stopping them.”
Many of the unfortunate defensive linemen were treated at DCH Regional Medical Center but most of the Auburn secondary remains unaccounted for.
“We found some shreds of orange and blue fabric that could be fragments of uniform, along with some helmets and protoplasm that may be bits of human flesh,” said Malzahn. “At this point we’re just not sure.”
When asked what the team will do to try to rebuild their confidence before a consolation bowl game, Malzahn told reporters that “Well, I guess we will sit down and watch a loop of the end of last year’s Iron Bowl. You know we have only seen it 3578 times so far. I guess a few more times could never hurt.”
In keeping with the Auburn tradition of naming their games so they can actually remember them amid the clutter in their skulls, fans phoned in suggestions to Paul Finebaum who was commenting on the game for the SEC Network. As of this writing it is a tossup between “Pachyderm Colonoscopy” and “Trampled at Bryant-Denny.”
The final score in the game was 55-44, setting up an appearance by the thundering herd of belligerent Bama behemoths in the SEC Championship Game against yet another litter of kittens from Columbia, Missouri.
Yet again, Sportsbet has beaten Sky News, the ABC, Fairfax and Newscorp to the punch, we’re calling it:
Labor will saunter to a comfortable victory in the Victorian election and as a result we’re paying out on them early.
At 6am we paid out over $100,000 on Dan Andrews sweeping to power after Saturday’s vote.
Victoria election betting odds
Despite us paying out on Labor, our Victoria election markets are still open.
Still fancy a punt on the Liberals to take it? You can still bet on them, they’re a tasty $5.50.
You can have a punt on everything from seats, to the upper house majority, the last declared seat, and each individual Victorian electorate.
And if you’re a bit of a political eagle, then why not have a flutter on our other politics markets – everything from the gender of the next US President to the Republican Party nominee.
There’s surely some value in Ted Cruz as an outside bet at $17.