Tag Archives: Australian Labor Party

Breaking News: High Court declares Malaysian “Solution” illegal

Just handed down at 2:15pm today: the High Court has declared the Malaysian “Solution” to be illegal in Plaintiff M70/2011 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2011] HCA 32. I shall shamelessly reproduce the High Court’s summary of reasons available on their site — more detailed commentary (I hope) to follow [on which, see UPDATE […]

Pointing Fingers

JULIA Gillard has moved from defence to attack over the Craig Thomson scandal, accusing the opposition of using “Liberal mates” to exert political pressure on the NSW police to investigate the Labor MP. As Liberal senator George Brandis came under pressure for telephoning Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus over the affair, Labor sources said […]

Minority government on the edge?

If I’d been asked to predict how Julia Gillard’s minority government might be pushed to the precipice, I would not have said that it would be over the issue of brothels, of all things. My prediction would have been that one of the independents or the Greens decided not to support a particular proposition on […]

Malaysian refugee “solution” on hold after legal action

In May this year, our government proposed a “solution” to the increasing arrival of refugees: deport 800 asylum seekers who arrive by boat and swap them with 4000 refugees from Malaysian camps over four years. The first 15 or 16 asylum seekers were to be flown out this morning (8 August 2011), but yesterday Hayne […]

O’Really?

PAUL Keating has mauled Labor’s likely new NSW opposition leader, John Robertson, accusing him of having no “moral authority” and warning that his ascension would put “lead weight” in Julia Gillard’s political saddlebags. The former prime minister said Mr Robertson, a former head of Unions NSW, wore the political deaths of up to 25 NSW […]

The Victorian election result

Or: Why Distance Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder In my home State of Victoria, we have just voted for a new government. The incumbent Labor premier, John Brumby, conceded defeat the other afternoon. Many eastern outer suburban electorates which had previously voted Labor in the last few elections swung massively to the Liberals. To […]

Representating a group and indigenous politics

For some reason, I’ve been thinking of indigenous politics lately. Perhaps it was because of my post on Andrew Bolt and aboriginality. Perhaps it was also because of the recent debate about Queensland’s Wild Rivers legislation. I’ve been thinking of the way in which politicians tend to latch on to a “preferred” indigenous spokesperson, usually […]

Never the twain shall meet?

Democracy and the toleration of dissent This last week or so, I have been contemplating the tribalism of politics, and the way in which even people with similar political values may have vastly different opinions on social policy because they rank those political values differently. Anyone who has been following the blog over the last […]

We has a goverment…

This little image came into my head after one of Jason Soon’s status updates. I gather he was also feeling a bit frustrated at the lack of decisiveness from the independents as to whom they would support. When SL and I were talking about the status update this morning, a vision of toddlers on potties […]

Hung, drawn and quartered?

The outcome of the 2010 Federal Election is fascinating. The Liberal National Party have 71 seats, Labor has 70 seats, the Greens have 1 seat (their first ever won in a General Election), and other independents have 3. It looks like Labor is better placed to form a minority government, but we’ll wait and see. […]