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Baghdad Visit: As Goes Bush, So Goes Howard … Again

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has attended an Anzac Day Dawn Service in Baghdad, joining with about 90 Australian air traffic controllers, 90 Army personnel and 53 soldiers.

As President George W. Bush did on Thanksgiving Day last year, Howard’s trip to Iraq was executed in secret. [Read more…]


A Statistical Analysis Of Question Time

The tabling of a government report into the supposed throwing overboard of children from the Tampa was the dominant issue in Question Time in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

The Prime Minister, John Howard, tabled the report which argued that the government had been misled about the incidient which featured prominently in last year’s election campaign.

The first Questions Without Notice for the 40th Parliament followed the official opening of the Parliament the day before. [Read more…]


Electoral Rorts Snares Would-Be Howard Minister Mal Brough

The continuing controversy over electoral malpractices yesterday ended the ministerial career of Liberal MP Mal Brough before it even began.

BroughOnly hours before the swearing in of Brough as Employment Services Minister and other changes as announced by the Prime Minister last month, Brough withdrew because of allegations of electoral roll rorting by members of his electorate office staff.

A former staff member in his electorate office, Andrea Chitakis, has come forward, for reasons that are not yet clear, claiming that she was incorrectly enrolled in Longman, Brough’s marginal seat in Queensland. He won the seat in 1996 and was re-elected in 1998 with a margin of 0.92%, or 1289 votes. [Read more…]