Category: POLITICS

Liberals link to market Mafia man

Melbourne Wholesale Food Market in Footscray Road. Photo: Pat Scala.  May 24, 2014    Nick McKenzie  Investigative reporter The dining room over-looking the boats bobbing in the Docklands’ marina was buzzing on the first evening in March last year.  ”He’ll be the next premier,” whispered one of the Liberal Party donors as the special guest speaker, Victorian…

Immigration bungle leaves convicted Mafioso in community

May 24, 2014 Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Josh Gordon Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has moved to  urgently review  the man’s visa, which should have expired in 2010. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen An Immigration Department bungle has allowed a convicted Mafia figure facing serious organised crime and murder charges to remain in the community where he is…

Liberals take money of Mafia man

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Royce Millar 23 May 2014 Brisbane Times Waterfront Venues Melbourne. Photo: Ken Irwin The suspected Mafia godfather of Melbourne helped bankroll a Liberal Party marginal federal seat campaign in the 2013 election, raising the prospect that the proceeds of crime have flowed into Liberal coffers. The alleged crime figure’s fundraising occurred despite…

Politicians and Bureaucrats Shoulder Their Share of the Weight – A Point of View

Warwick Leeson provides an alternative to the current system of the parliamentary status quo.   His comments certainly provide a fertile environment for discussion on candidates seeking office and for those currently sitting in parliament. Warwick Leeson 21 May 2014.  Proposals To Make Politicians and Bureaucrats Shoulder Their Share of the Weight Now That The Age…

The big and very public business of politics  

Chris Earl  Drum  13 May 2014 Chris Earl.    Chris Earl is a Bendigo-based rural and regional affairs consultant and was a member of the Liberal Party’s Victorian Division administrative committee for five years. A former regional newspaper editor, he been a media adviser to former Howard Government minister Fran Bailey and Senator Michael Ronaldson. For…

Federal Budget 2014 The sketch

May 14, 2014 Tony Wright  National affairs editor of The Age No explanation as to why any election promises were broken: Treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo: Andrew Meares It was an austerity budget and an austerity media conference by Joe Hockey.  No elaborate charts and graphs, no PowerPoint presentation, no laser pointers.   It may have been Hockey’s…

What is political social media reforms mean to a political activist

Abalinx – A Voice from the Pavement – 12 May 2014 Being a political activist to me meant that I, with a conservative outlook on life would help bring about a new Australian landscape by the integration of many cultures under one flag. To achieve this, one had to lead by example to contribute to…