Month: June 2014

Melbourne planning locks up suburbs

June 15, 2014  Karin Derkley The Age.  A city bristling with three times as many high-rise towers as today. Twenty-story apartment buildings along commercial strips in the suburbs.  Continued sprawl on Melbourne’s fringes, where there are few services and little transport. And a sea of single-dwelling housing in a low-rise middle suburbia, swaths of which…

Attempts to justify Thailand’s coup d’etat

Barry Petersen MC JP  June 13, 2014 Thailand Correspondent Democracy, as most of us understand it, includes good governance by an administration as well as the conduct of elections.   Prior to the Second World War, the German Nazi Party, led by Adolph Hitler, was democratically elected to govern Germany.   One could hardly say that good…

Powerful and merciless force emerges on world stage

Isis militants on the Iraq/Syria border: Iraq as we have understood it for the past century or so no longer exists Photo: AFP/HO/ALBARAKA NEWS.  Peter Oborne  BST 12 Jun 2014 As Middle East borders are redrawn by jihadists, the West should regard Iran as an ally.  It is almost one hundred years since Sir Mark Sykes, an…

Rising electricity costs shock the nation

June 14, 2014  Ross Gittins  The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor.  ‘One day regulators will have to step in and call the madness to a halt.’   There’s no subject more likely to stir people up than rising electricity bills.   With prices roughly doubling since 2007, that’s hardly surprising. But why have prices risen so fast?…

Kevin Andrew tells NFP sector that there will be no backdown

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Probono – Australia.   Federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has fronted the ACOSS National Conference defending the recent Federal Budget, saying that Australia can deny the current social and economic challenges or face up to them.    Andrews said there was three interrelated challenges facing Australia that explained why the Government…

Does China rule the waves

China and Greece maritime relationship, is it a positive adventure. Peter Adamis 12 June 2014.    Does China rule the waves alongside Greece by default is a question that has been overlooked.  Will Poseidon and the Dragon stop piracy and will their joint maritime venture bring calm seas.    Now with the global financial crisis…

Denis Napthine steers parliamentary ship towards shaw

Peter Adamis 11 June 2014.  A copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on: DENIS NAPTHINE STEERS PARLIAMENTARY SHIP TOWARDS SHAW Some day in the future, Victorians will reflect upon this day and say that this day was the day that history was made in Victoria.  A day when members of parliament took decisive…

Denis Napthine Shaw outwitted Labor

Peter Adamis   10 June 2014.   If the news media is to believed that a motion to suspend Geoff Shaw is true, then you have to hand it to Denis Napthine and his team of advisers.   Taking this action to bring into line a recalcitrant member of parliament who has gone allegedly rogue by his parliamentary…

Are they Shaw about playing political two-up

Liberals ready to flip two headed coin.  June 10, 2014   Mark Hawthorne Senior Editor at The Age On Monday night of last week, Denis Napthine picked up his mobile phone and made two calls.  The first was to Geoff Shaw.  The other was to Ken Smith. Neither bothered to answer.  It’s a sign of just…

Give Aussie veterans health care cards automatically

1 June 2014   Senator Elect Lambie. DON’T MAKE AMERICA’S MISTAKE says Senator Elect for Tasmania and Palmer United spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs Jacqui Lambie and give Aussie veterans health care cards automatically as well as establishing a DVA inquiry.   GIVE AUSSIE VETERANS HEALTH GOLD CARDS has called on the Abbott government to establish an Independent Judicial Inquiry…