Daniel Andrews Denies Dirty Tricks Over Ted Baillieu Tape Recording

The Victorian ALP Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, has denied involvement in a dirty tricks incident concerning a tape recorder lost by a newspaper journalist.

Andrews spoke in an interview today with the 3AW morning host, Neil Mitchell.

The recorder contained an off-the-record interview the former Premier, Ted Baillieu, gave to Farrah Tomazin of The Age. The interview came to light several weeks ago. Baillieu criticised a range of conservative Liberal Party figures in the interview. The interview was circulated inside the Liberal Party by unknown Liberals who are believed to be hostile to Baillieu. [Read more…]


Bodyline, The Economy And A Republic: Wayne Swan Joins The Dots

The Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has released an Australia Day article that draws a series of connections between the 1930s Bodyline cricket series, the contemporary economy and a future republic.

SwanSwan remembers Bodyline as typifying Australian resistance to English imperial superiority. He sees Australia defending “fair play” and playing “within both the letter and the spirit of the rules”. Australia’s code, says Swan, is “not a gentleman’s code” but “a democratic code”.

Linking Bodyline with the 1930s Depression, Swan says “Australians didn’t cause that Depression and to a very great extent we were powerless to tackle it..because we lacked full economic sovereignty”.

Swan says Bodyline and the Great Depression “helped awaken a democratic and egalitarian assertion of Australian national sovereignty that still serves us well on Australia Day 2013.”

Despite the fact that the Rudd and Gillard governments have done nothing over the past five years to promote constitutional change, Swan says reflection on Bodyline and the Depression “will eventually” have the legacy of “hastening the approach of an Australian republic”.

Swan’s argument is similar in style to his musings last year on Bruce Springsteen’s opposition to economic privilege. In his John Button Oration, Swan sought to emphasise democratic and egalitarian values at the heart of the Labor government’s value system.

Swan’s article today is an attempt to add to the over-arching story the government has been developing as the federal election draws near.

Text of an article released by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan.

Forged in Fair Play – 80 Years on From Bodyline

It has been another eventful Australian summer, marked by bushfires that have once again tested some of our nation’s most important values: our capacity to stick together in a crisis, help out those who need help, display coolness, competence and courage under pressure.

In a time of transition, with our nation on the cusp of the Asian Century, our values are the most treasured commodities we possess, ones which will always endure. So as we celebrate this Australia Day, it is worth reflecting on the origins and nature of Australia’s national values.

There’s no one source of our national character. It comes from our indigenous heritage, from the struggles of the convicts and early settlers, the Federation period with its conflicts and mateship, and of course our nation’s experiences on the battlefields of war. [Read more…]


Political And Media Wankers

It’s hard to tell whether the political debate or the media coverage is more puerile.

This is video from the Victorian Legislative Assembly that purportedly shows Liberal MP Geoff Shaw making an obscene gesture whilst calling his Labor opponents wankers.

Thanks 3AW. I love the big red arrow.



Howard Says He’s Not Going Anywhere

In an interview on Melbourne radio, Prime Minister John Howard says he’s not going anywhere.

Howard was interviewed on 3AW by Neil Mitchell.

Howard has been prime minister for 11 years and 12 days. He has won four elections: 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. A federal election is due by the end of this year. [Read more…]


Kim Beazley’s Leadership Questioned After Rove McManus Slip

Opposition Leader Kim Beazley’s leadership has been called into question, following an embarrassing slip of the tongue when Beazley confused entertainer Rove McManus with US political operative Karl Rove.

Beazley was commenting on McManus following the death of the television entertainer’s wife, Belinda Emmett. [Read more…]


Australian Government Statement On Death Of Yasser Arafat

Following the death of the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, the Australian government has officially extended its condolences to the Palestinian people.

Statements made yesterday by the Prime Minister, John Howard, have been receiving extensive media coverage on the conservative FOX News network and right-wing websites. [Read more…]


Costello Relationship Is Professional, Effective And Friendly: Howard

Following his announcment yesterday that he intended to remain leader of the Liberal Party, the Prime Minister, John Howard, gave this interview to Neil Mitchell, on Melbourne radio 3AW.

Prime Minister John Howard interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW.

MITCHELL: Mr Howard, good morning.

PRIME MINISTER: Good morning.

MITCHELL: Thank you for speaking to us. Has your relationship with Peter Costello changed now? [Read more…]