Friday, 31 July 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
I notice that in the United States one of the four key planks of Barack Obama’s health insurance proposals is that there be a government-run insurance plan competing with private insurers to help hold down costs. Without such a public organisation the belief among Democrats is that the free enterprise way would result in excessive premiums. How strange then that within the Australian Labor Party the push continued until the eve of this week’s national conference to allow the sale of Medibank Private, the government owned insurer that I’m sure has played an important role in keeping premiums down.
Posted by Richard Farmer at 18:24
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
It surely has been a long time since a new Newspoll did not make the front page of The Australian but it was relegated inside today. News so dismal for the Liberal Party, perhaps, that it was deemed too unkind to trouble the readers by giving it any prominence. To give credit though to Dennis Shanahan, the man with the unenviable job of putting a spin on figures to keep hope alive, he declared a fortnight ago that the figures were so bad that Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership was “terminal” and the fortnight before that his conclusion was that the Turnbull political career had been “smashed”. There was absolutely nothing in this latest collection of figures that would want him to change either of those previous opinions.
Posted by Richard Farmer at 16:04
Monday, 27 July 2009
I wonder if Kevin Rudd really thinks that he is some kind of gifted intellectual whose views merit lengthy discourses or whether he thinks that there is a political advantage in pretending to the people that he is some kind of intellectual by producing lengthy discourses?
Posted by Richard Farmer at 20:57
Friday, 24 July 2009
Posted by Richard Farmer at 22:33
A little reminder this morning that Senator Bob Brown had a life before becoming an environmental activist in Tasmania. The good Greens Leader bobbed up on Radio 2UE in Sydney to give an expert opinion, as it were, on the death of Jimi Hendrix. On that fateful day some 39 years ago, the young medical graduate from Sydney University was working as a locum in the emergency department of St Mary Abbotts Hospital in South Kensington when the body of a well-and-truly dead Hendrix was wheeled in after a drug overdose. The reason for this walk down memory lane is the publication of a new book suggesting that Hendrix was in fact murdered but Dr Brown could cast no light on this allegation. But he did confirm that the story about himdisrupting a scene in a Richard Burton movie set at the same hospital was not an urban myth.
Posted by Richard Farmer at 16:47
Kevin Rudd and his paid-for travels made the news this morning with details of a connection with a Taiwanese born Chinese sure to raise a few eyebrows and not just in Australia. Those nasty fellows in Beijing are also bound to be wondering even more than before about how helpful it is for them to have a Mandarin speaking Australian Prime Minister. The Rudd-Taiwan connection when he was out of political life briefly in the 1990s is surely what the press will be examining next. Who exactly did he work for as a China consultant?
Posted by Richard Farmer at 15:48
Thursday, 23 July 2009
The real reason why Queensland had an early election is now apparent. The report into the Queensland police service by the Crime and Misconduct Commission would surely have been enough to turn Labor’s narrow victory into defeat coming so quickly after the criminal conviction of a senior minister for his own fund raising activities. The time has surely come for fixed term parliaments to put a stop to governments manipulating the elctoral timetable to their own advantage.
Posted by Richard Farmer at 20:31