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Fortune favours the brave

Most of the political commentariat were convinced that Bill Shorten had got things badly wrong by announcing his policy on dividend imputation immediately before the Batman by-election. It was even more striking that, despite the pressure, Shorten didn’t cave into demands for changes to the policy. Michelle Grattan, for example, described the policy as an […]

Changing places

When Malcolm Turnbull, as PM, first faced Bill Shorten, as Opposition Leader, I correctly surmised that this would be a contest between a bold and innovative leader, unafraid to put forward controversial policies if they were right for the country, and a timid pragmatist, tied down by secret deals with factional warlords, and standing for […]

Adani: Put up or pack up

That’s my suggestion for the way Bill Shorten can resolve his continuing problems over the Adani Carmichael mine-port-rail project. To spell it out, he should set a deadline (say June 30) for Adani to achieve financial close for the entire project, and commence construction. If the deadline isn’t met, Labor should oppose the project outright. […]

Desperately Seeking 1995

The year 1995 wasn’t exact a good year to remember. There was the Oklahoma City bombing, the San Diego tank rampage, the New Jersey Devils winning the Stanley Cup in a lockout shortened NHL season, and some former Buffalo Bills running back named OJ getting into trouble out in LA. Show More Summary

Putting the blame where it belongs

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. She’s basically right, although there’s much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that. Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, she’s on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and […]

Shorten changes the game on electricity

Somewhat lost in the noise surrounding yesterday’s High Court decision on the equal marriage survey was Bill Shorten’s statement that privatisation of the electricity industry in the 1990s was a major contributor to the current disaster. He’s essentially correct, though ‘privatisation’ has to be taken as shorthand for ‘the process of disaggregation and market reform […]

Labor not distancing itself from Turnbull's war on maths

While Labor Leader Bill Shorten concedes it's not technologically easy to do a lot of the things the government has proposed, when it comes to fighting terrorism, the opposition is far from disagreeing with the ruling coalition.

It is time for big internet to join terrorism fight: ALP

Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has called on Google, Facebook, and Twitter to do more on fighting terrorism.

Lawmakers approve bill to shorten death penalty appeals

Death row inmates would get less time to file appeals under a bill Alabama lawmakers have approved. Proponents of the bill say it is an attempt to speed up the … Click to Continue »


I’ve never been a fan of Senator David Leyonjhelm, but even so, I find it hard to believe he made the mindbogglingly absurd statement attributed to him by today’s Oz. Accusing Bill Shorten of a $1.85 billion black hole in relation to his policy of keeping the levy on high-income earners, But Liberal Democratic senator […]

House committee votes to shorten death penalty appeals

Death row inmates would have less time to file appeals, under a bill approved Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee that aims to reduce the number of years that can … Click to Continue »

Labor Party 'Australians First' Campaign Ad Slammed Over Lack of Diversity

Labor leader Bill Shorten initially dismissed accusations of racism as "rubbish" before calling the video a "bad oversight."

Canberra Catholic schools gearing up to fight funding cuts

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Canberra’s Catholic school communities are gearing up to fight proposed cuts to their funding with 500 people expected to attend an urgent public meeting tonight. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Opposition spokesperson for Education Tanya Plibersek, ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann are among a host of political heavyweights who have […]

Shortened divorce wait fails to get Louisiana House support

Louisiana won't be shortening the waiting period for a divorce. Lawmakers in the House rejected a bill to cut the wait to six months for a no-fault divorce when the … Click to Continue »

Iowa House OKs bill shortening time for discrimination suits

The Iowa House has passed legislation that would shorten the deadline for filing discrimination lawsuits in the state from two years to 90 days. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 58-39 Monday … Click to Continue »

Shorten calls in on Canberra

In a civil evening, Canberra’s Labor faithful arrived early and well-dressed for Bill Shorten’s first, and perhaps his only, public meeting in the ACT. Such meetings are unfamiliar to Canberrans—not so much in style as substance. The ACT has two federal divisions: Canberra and Fenner. Both are safe Labor seats. As such Party leadership tends […]

Israeli prime minister meets Australian opposition leader

Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten says he raised his Labor Party's concerns about Israel's settlements in Palestinian territories during discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The pair talked for … Click to Continue »

Bill Shorten pressured to commit Labor to diplomatic recognition of Palestine

Bob Carr and Gareth Evans say Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement building risks creating conditions for ‘apartheid state’ in Israel The Labor leader, Bill Shorten, is facing mounting pressure to commit the ALP to the diplomatic recognition...Show More Summary

Malcolm Is Not So In The Middle When It Comes To The Trans Pacific Partnership

In his attack on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for not supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is playing into the hands of isolationists and protectionists, writes Ian McAuley. Earlier this week the...Show More Summary

A book launch at Trades Hall

Tonight I went to the Melbourne launch of the The Conscription Conflict and the Great War, edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer. And who should be there to launch it than Bill Shorten, the ALP … Continue reading ?

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