Australian’s want Parliamentary oversight of Prime Minister’s war decisions

An overwhelming majority of Australians - 87% - want the Prime Minister’s war decisions to be subject to Parliament approval, a new poll has found. 87% of Australians think the PM's war decisions should be subject to Parliament approval always or unless there is immediate danger to Australia. Just 13% said the decisions should not … Continue reading Australian’s want Parliamentary oversight of Prime Minister’s war decisions

Public interest vs profit: the fight for quality journalism

If financial viability becomes the benchmark for saving a newspaper or television program then not even The Australian is immune from the axe. The fact is that important journalism often needs subsidies to survive. It's a message Peter van Onselen should keep in mind when writing of privatising the ABC. Many important stories aren't commercial. … Continue reading Public interest vs profit: the fight for quality journalism

Abbott budget reply a series of stumbles

Budget week was predicted to be a tough time for the Government, but it's the Coalition's momentum that's taken a hit. In his budget reply last Thursday evening, Coalition leader Tony Abbott ventured out of his small-target cave. His speech and announcements were, at first blush, deemed competent and assured. Stumble: Tony Abbott, left, and … Continue reading Abbott budget reply a series of stumbles