keywords: Stephen Harper

  • AUSTRALIA

    How Abbott was defeated by his own pugnaciousness

    • Andrew Thackrah
    • 15 September 2015
    24 Comments

    After Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday afternoon that he was challenging Tony Abbott for the LIberal leadership, commentators were unanimous in their speculation that Abbott would not give up the prime ministership without a fight. The pugnaciousness that characterised his political style was similarly part of the playbook of Canadian PM Stephen Harper, who was also seen to base his interaction with political adversaries on their 'standing' rather than debating policy. In Abbott's case this turned out to be a fatal flaw.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Canada shames Australia on CHOGM boycott

    • Michael Mullins
    • 14 October 2013
    16 Comments

    Tony Abbott has explained Canada's decision to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting over human rights concerns by saying that 'different countries have different national priorities'. In other words, securing Sri Lanka's cooperation in 'stopping the boats' is more important to Australia than putting an end to human rights abuse in Sri Lanka.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australia's fickle leadership transition process

    • John Warhurst
    • 19 September 2007

    The Coalition leadership controversy shows how easy it is to change leaders in a Westminster parliamentary system. A number of senior Canadian journalists were in Canberra. They were staggered at the power vested in the hands of so few.

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  • RELIGION

    Bishop John Shelby Spong and consumer-friendly religion

    • Scott Stephens
    • 05 September 2007
    4 Comments

    Western Buddhism and Pentecostalism are sometimes criticised as self-indulgent forms of religion. Is Bishop Spong's Christian humanism any different?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Godfrey Moase, Emily Millane, Tom Riemer sj
    • 18 June 2006

    Reviews of About face: Asian Accounts of Australia; Diplomatic Deceits: Government, Media and East Timor; The Complete Book of Great Australian Women—Thirty-Six women who changed the course of Australia and The Conclave: A sometimes secret and occasionally bloody history of papal elections

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Siobhan Jackson, Gil Maclean
    • 14 May 2006

    Reviews  of  the  films  Inside  Man,  V  for  Vendetta,  Capote,  and  The  March  of  the  Penguins.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Book reviews

    • Bec Butler, Emily Millane, Peter Pierce
    • 25 April 2006

    Reviews of the books Labour of Love: Tales from the World of Midwives; The Long, Slow Death of White Australia and The Dead Place.

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