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Bushfires: the blame game heats up

BY ALEC SMART With catastrophic firestorms still raging across eastern Australia and now threatening South Australia, tragically incinerating almost 600 homes, destroying over 1.5 million hectares of bush, cremating thousands of animals and birds - including whole colonies of endangered koalas - and killing six people, the blame-game for responsibility has gone into overdrive. And […]

Sammy J’s Major Party

You have to be a pretty good comedian to wring more humour out of something that is already a farce - Australian parliament - but Sammy J has managed to do it on a regular basis with better than average success. His popular short skit series on the ABC, imaginatively titled Sammy J, features several […]

Strange Political Bedfellows

BY MERRILL WITT Political pundits are predicting that candidates from One Nation, the Christian Democratic Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Australian Conservatives or the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party could possibly hold the balance of power in both houses after the NSW state election. While the prospect of a far-right agenda dominating the next parliament […]

News in brief

Greens push for green reform NSW Greens MLC John Kaye has launched a bill to shield medical users of cannabis from criminal prosecution. The Drug Legislation Amendment (Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes) Bill 2014 seeks to exempt terminally ill patients and their carers, who are certified by a treating doctor, from prosecution for possession […]

Well that didn’t take long, did it?

Like a leaky asylum seeker boat floundering in a modest swell a couple of hours after leaving an obscure Indonesian port, the Abbott Government is already at panic stations. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Senator George Brandis are in trouble for claiming something like $3,000 in travel expenses to attend the wedding of rabid shock […]