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On this day (Australia): In 1960, Don Chipp entered federal politics as the Liberal member for Higinbotham


On 10 Nevember 1960, Don Chipp entered federal politics in a by-election as the Liberal member for Higinbotham. He would go on to be one of the most recognisable figures in Australian political history. Donald Leslie Chipp, AO was born on 21 August 1925 in Melbourne. He was an Australian politician who was the inaugural leader of … Continue reading

On this day (Australia): In 1942, Janet Powell, former leader of The Australian Democrats, was born in Nhill, Victoria


On 29 September 1942, Janet Powell AM, former leader of The Australian Democrats, was born in Nhill, Victoria. She became the third leader of The Australian Democrats. Janet Frances McDonald, was born in Nhill, Victoria, then educated at Ballarat Grammar School and Nhill High School. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor … Continue reading

On This Day (Australia): In 1969, former Australian Democrats leader and senator Natasha Stott Despoja was born


On 9 September 1969, former Australian Democrats leader and senator Natasha Stott Despoja was born. Natasha Jessica Stott Despoja AO is an Australian politician, diplomat, advocate and author. She is the founding Chair of the Board of Our Watch, the national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, and was previously the Australian Ambassador … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1986, Janine Haines became leader of the Australian Democrats and Australia’s first female party leader


On 18 August 1986, Janine Haines become the leader of the Australian Democrats and Australia’s first female party leader. Janine Winton Carter was born on 8 May 1945 in Tanunda, South Australia. She was an Australian politician who was a Senator for South Australia from 1977 to 1978 and again from 1981 to 1990. She represented the Australian Democrats, and … Continue reading

Australian democracy under threat


Two things have happened in the past two weeks that should be of great concern to all Australians. First, the Prime Minister established a “national cabinet” for the first time in our history, saying it was needed to coordinate action on the coronavirus outbreak. Second, the PM shut down Federal Parliament for at least five months, again because … Continue reading

Climate change denials and the toilet paper wars


The fear about coronavirus seems worse than the virus itself, yet somehow the fear of climate change seems not to have hit yet. In recent weeks we have seen people fighting over toilet paper, and one man pulling a knife and getting tasered by police. This seems to have been triggered by the government telling people to stock … Continue reading

Pauline Hanson was wrong on Closing the Gap


Pauline Hanson recently responded to the latest annual Closing the Gap Report. At the outset, I am not going to call her a racist – that’s a word too often used to elicit an emotive response rather than to engage in serious debate. She is, however, part of the problem with her opinions based on … Continue reading

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