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- mike on Labor's tough new stance against 'evil' So trafficking drugs away from a school is less illegal?And why drug busses? Target pubs/clubs! I hear more and more people ... more
- Eye for an Eye on Labor's tough new stance against 'evil' if you look at the history of the State Labour Government you will notice that they have always been soft on crime thanks to ... more
- elizabeth on Labor's tough new stance against 'evil' Since when has labor been strict with crime. I will never vote Labor. more
- R on Labor's tough new stance against 'evil' The only thing that I would add to this is is that they need to have counseling for the whole of there prison time instead ... more
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- John on 'The figures say it all' This is not about fairness, it is about deflecting responsibility. The camera system should conform to vehicles operating ... more
- Paul on 'The figures say it all' Have a look at the front of any modern bike and you will quickly see why it is not possible to put a front plate on. There ... more
- CHRIS WATTS on 'The figures say it all' i just cannot believe that a simple e tag cannot be stuck on the front of the bike...its so simple, surely... more
- Samuel J on 'The figures say it all' Motor cycles should have front and rear number plates. The notion that front number plates dissect pedestrians is complete ... more
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- Richard on 'The figures say it all' If its such a problem why are the Penisula Link cameras facing the front? The fault is in the camera system. more
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The Prime Minister's credibility is being undermined
I think we are all over the AWU scandal and unless (or until) there is something dramatic that confirms something important, we have turned off.
As I said yesterday, I think as a solicitor, Julia Gillard was at best sloppy. That doesn’t disqualify her.
But last night we had duelling crooks, the dodgy brother falling out. Bruce Wilson on ABC TV and Ralph Blewitt on Sky News, both blaming each other.
Listen to Wilson, Gillard’s former boyfriend.
"There was no fraud on my part, absolutely not," he said.
"When I left the union in 1995, I left it and I didn’t think much about it after that, and I haven’t for 17 years."
Of course he can’t remember putting $5000 in her bank account, but may have. She can’t remember.
It all feels so seedy and it is undermining the Prime Minister’s credibility, rightly or wrongly.
But he opposition needs to produce or back off. It is not doing anybody any good at the moment - certainly not the country.
And reported in The Australian today, Gillard nearly lost her leadership yesterday.
A quote from an anonymous member of caucus: "It was a very, very tense 12 hours, I can tell you. She came perilously close to losing the leadership this morning."
That happened not because of the AWU mess but because of a cabinet rebellion on foreign policy.
She wanted to vote against a UN resolution to give Palestine observer status at the UN. That was how Israel and the US were voting. She was forced to compromise and have Australia abstain.
It sounds very tense very difficult and ministers were standing against her.
There was also debate over the media reforms that she wants - which is more like media control - and she wasn’t winning there either.
I don’t know if it is right that her leadership was on the edge, but given the nature of this government, it would not surprise me.
LISTEN: Channel 9 political editor Laurie Oakes with Neil Mitchell:
Charles Edge ???Have a good look at the "ABC" BIAS. Open your blinked "EYES".IAN Saturday 1 December, 2012 - 11:34 AM
The media and not politicians are digging the dirt. When will everyone realise that most of us just glaze over every time this comes up.
Today we have Brandis hogging the live news channels with more insignificant muck. Both the ABC and Sky played it live so we couldn't escape.
If the media laid off we might point the politicians in the general direction of what they are paid to do!
Yesterday Tony Abbot gave a good imitation of the slim prospect of policy..there shoul be more of it.Charles Edge Friday 30 November, 2012 - 11:37 AM
Neil are you saying that the long nose of Pinocchio has been poking too deep?
Could be.June Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 4:12 PM
Too right Neil that arrogant chalk on board screeching woman has always been a mad hyena. There will be no there will be no there will be no...sorry....truth ..I mean ...from here.Yep.
Remember I am only quoting. They are not my words.Dani Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 4:05 PM
In order to have one's credibility undermined, you must have had credibility in the first place. Gillard never has had credibility, especially after stabbing Rudd.
Thus what we see is Gillard's lack of credibility yet again being confirmed.Ivan@kinnane Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 11:31 AM
Neil this morning you said a broken promise was not a lie, what else would you call it when she knew a few days before the election that she was going to break it after the election, now to me that's a lie, not a change of circumstanses to make her change her mind.gez Thursday 29 November, 2012 - 11:00 AM