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New Speaker Must Get Order In The House: The Australian Editorial

A scathing editorial in The Australian today calls for the appointment of a new Speaker to replace the incumbent, Neil Andrew.

AndrewThe editorial says “Mr Howard should resist pressure to return Mr. Andrew to the chair in which he did not distinguish himself”.

The newspaper claims that Mr. Andrew has been inconsistent in his rulings, despite the fact that he was willing to stand up to government ministers, as shown when he expelled Tony Abbott in the previous parliament.

Of Parliament, the paper says it is time to restore “some public faith in this tarnished institution” and ridicules the idea reported in some newspapers today that dumped minister Bronwyn Bishop may get the Speaker’s job: “If Bronwyn Bishop, still stinging at her ejection from the ministry, is the best hope for an impartial Speaker, we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel.” [Read more…]

Hawke Should Stay With The ACTU: The Australian

In the year following the Dismissal of the Whitlam government, there was frequent speculation about the political intentions of Bob Hawke, the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Hawke was also National President of the ALP. Rumours abounded about the seat he would contest in order to enter parliament.

On September 14, 1976, The Australian newspaper editorialised in favour of Hawke remaining with the ACTU.

Hawke ultimately decided not to enter parliament at the next election, but in 1980 he sought preselection for the Melbourne seat of Wills. He entered parliament in the October 1980 federal election and was immediately appointed to the shadow ministry. He became leader of the party just 2 years and 3 months later, becoming prime minister at the March 1983 election.


The Australian Tries Yet Another Editor

June 20, 2012 – In this week of media upheaval, I’ve been chuckling over this 37-year-old article.

It appeared in the Australian Financial Review on June 26, 1975. Note the absence of a by-line.

Financial Review