keywords: Brendan Nelson

  • RELIGION

    Stolen Generations apology 'about right'

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 January 2009
    5 Comments

    Most indigenous Australians appreciated Labor's wide consultation. Some were angered by elements of Brendan Nelson's speech. But he did well do bring the Liberal and National Parties with him, ensuring they did not rain on the national parade as they had in 1988 and 1997. (February 2008)

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Turnbull's problematic leadership

    • John Warhurst
    • 18 December 2008
    2 Comments

    Last Christmas, rookie Prime Minister Rudd could not afford to take a holiday. This year, following dismal December opinion polls, it's Turnbull who may need to forgo a break as he gets the Coalition house in order.

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  • EDUCATION

    Judging the quality of education

    • Fatima Measham
    • 19 November 2008
    9 Comments

    Forcing schools to produce information on students' exam performance will never be a reliable strategy for lifting numeracy and literacy. Learning is as much about taking risks and failing as it is about getting the answers right the first time.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Aussie pollies are crumby speakers

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 30 October 2008
    9 Comments

    Where Obama waxed lyrical about kings and pioneers, Rudd rhymed clumsily about Iced Vo Vos and getting on with the job. Australians don't do magnificence, and our national 'shyness' is nowhere clearer than in our political rhetoric.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bipartisan games

    • John Warhurst
    • 21 October 2008
    1 Comment

    Kevin Rudd has a patchy record of bipartisanship. Although Rudd and Turnbull together offer the best chance yet for the republican movement, they have traded blows over bipartisan approaches to this and to the the economic crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gay 'justice' suits pragmatic pollies

    • Deborah Singerman
    • 07 October 2008
    9 Comments

    Gay equality is a touchstone by which to measure politicians' moderate credentials. Turnbull's support is not totally altruistic: the inner-Sydney seat he represents has one of Australia's largest gay and lesbian populations.

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  • RELIGION

    Educating leaders for the contemporary Australian Church

    • Frank Brennan
    • 06 October 2008

    'Lee and Christine Rush are your average Ozzie couple, except that their teenage son Scott is on death row in Bali having been convicted of being a hapless drug mule. It will not go down well on the streets of Jakarta if Australians are baying for the blood of the Bali bombers one month and then pleading to save our sons and daughters the next month.'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Opposition tips for 'green' Liberal leader

    • Tony Smith
    • 30 September 2008
    2 Comments

    Not all Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition colleages wish him success. Influential Liberals from Melbourne will have their doubts following Turnbull's failure to realise that the Roosters rugby league team do not play AFL.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Welcome workers from 'bipolar' Pacific

    • Jonathan Ritchie
    • 29 August 2008
    5 Comments

    Papua New Guineans have an abiding regard for Australia, and know far more about Australia than we do about their country. The introduction of the guest worker scheme sends a message to the Pacific of trust and respect.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Dignity the question for 'dirt poor' islanders

    • Michael Mullins
    • 25 August 2008
    5 Comments

    The Coalition opposes the Government's Pacific Guest Worker scheme due to a range of 'unanswered questions'. Brendan Nelson's 'dirt poor Pacific islanders' jibe suggests that fear, not compassion, fuels these concerns.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The trouble with alcoholic Australia

    • Barbara Chapman
    • 10 June 2008
    13 Comments

    Brendan Nelson told Kevin Rudd to direct his war on binge drinking at his own backyard after Young Labor delegates hosted a drunken party in a Canberra hotel. But Australia's addiction to the bottle runs deeper than mere substance abuse.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Tips for a more discerning budget night

    • John Warhurst
    • 13 May 2008
    1 Comment

    This evening's Budget may be the most significant political event of the year. A budget is a particular challenge for a Labor government, given popular skepticism about the party's economic credentials. If Labor wins general acclaim it will have cemented its hold on government.

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