On Friday 20 March, 2015 Australia lost an important voice. The voice of Malcolm Fraser. Here is a personal account of this moment.
Looking back: the siege mentality
Early September, I knew the Sydney siege was on the agenda; I just didn’t know what it would look like or where or when it would happen. But Abbott appeared to be promoting a siege mentality (for his own reasons) and for me, this sort of thinking usually leads to nasty outcomes.
A more personal reflection of the Whitlam days and other similar irrelevancies
Here is a personal note by an old leftie looking back on Whitlam's 3 big years from Remembrance Day 11th of the 11th 2014
Looking back: Anzac Day marches in a small country town
For the first few years of my life, watching Anzac Day marches each year in the small country town of my birth, I was convinced they ended every public statement of honour and respect for the Diggers with the declaration:
“We will remember them (unless we forget)!”
Broad overview of evaluations via MSM & Social Media
There are at least 100 things to take a look at at this point in the cycle.
Abbott's mandate? Yes or No
We are suddenly in new unknown territory with "passage of the money bills by the Upper House" uncertain.
A useful overview of current state of play from Latika Bourke where Abbott asks Clive Palmer to respect his mandate:
It's time to make an assessment. The new government has introduced huge changes for which it does not have a mandate. See http://www.bloggerme.com.au/abbott-says-palmer-respect-our-mandate-pass-...
Lack of democracy - the community is being ignored
People are getting fed up with our lack of democracy particularly when concerns of the community are ignored whilst decisions are made in favour of remote ‘investors’ – at the expense of everyday Australians.