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What on earth is John Howard blathering about, and why?

John Howard says people who are HIV positive should not be allowed to migrate to Australia. Well, the fact is that already, according to the most complete database I could find (aidsnet.ch – the Swiss HIV/AIDS Documention Center online), Australia already asks all intending immigrants who are over 15 years old “to present an HIV test result with their application. It is unlikely that an immigration permit is granted to people presenting a positive test result.” However:
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Written by Neil

April 13, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Radical thinking on education from the USA

Certainly education issues have dominated my blog lately. The Doctor Donnelly series attracted a comment yesterday from an old colleague, Ken Watson, possibly, from Dr D’s perspective, a bit like a comment from Beelzebub… 😉

Perhaps I should revert to less controversial topics, like religion: why, for example, the current Pope is rushing backwards to the Council of Trent. Or politics: why Tony Abbott is such a poor advertisement for Christian charity.

But education it is again today. Education Week (USA) emailed thus this morning:
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Written by Neil

March 14, 2007 at 9:26 am

Posted in Education, Tony Abbott

Burke’s web hits business as cunning PM pulls the wings off St Kevin

I will cross-post this here and on Journalspace today. The headline combines a story from The Australian with one from the Sydney Morning Herald.

I am not at all surprised by the first story, as unfortunately Burke and his style and methods have characterised Australian politics for years. If this whole saga sickens people on that culture of mateship and power it will have done some good, but it is no use the Howard side of politics pretending their people have never been part of it.

SENIOR business figures, including close supporters of John Howard, have been dragged into the Brian Burke scandal after Health Minister Tony Abbott questioned the ethics of hiring the disgraced lobbyist.

…Mr Abbott yesterday scolded corporate Australia for helping rehabilitate the disgraced former premier. Mr Burke’s corporate clients have included Macquarie Bank and Fortescue Metals whose chief executive, Andrew Forrest, is a close friend of Mr Howard and who attended the 2005 dinner with Mr Rudd that has embroiled the Opposition Leader in the biggest furore of his leadership.

Asked on the Ten Network whether business had been morally compromised by employing Mr Burke, Mr Abbott replied: “I think that certainly they have questions to answer because of the modus operandi that this gentleman has consistently been using.”
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Extreme prejudice… 1

Let he that is without sin, etc…

Last weekend I saw Tony Abbott’s attack on Kevin Rudd’s version of Christianity as a stand-up comic routine. In today’s Sydney Morning Herald Tony continues to reveal that his version of Christianity is a question of cheerleading for one line of thought. He also confesses, interesting for us oldies, that the true heir of B A Santamaria is Tony Abbott and the current Liberal Party — except for Santa’s sentimental belief in trade unions. That admission would once have sunk them without trace, wouldn’t it?
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Written by Neil

January 31, 2007 at 10:11 am

On not being complacent about AIDS

Today the Australian government has reacted to an overall rise of new HIV cases in Australia between 2000 and 2005 with a proposed new advertising campaign to get the safe sex message out there again.

NATASHA SIMPSON: It’s yet to be decided what form the campaign would take, but Don Baxter from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, has a clear idea of how it should be designed to ensure maximum impact.
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Written by Neil

January 30, 2007 at 8:38 pm

Is applying the Quadrant view the answer to the Aboriginal dilemma?

It cannot be denied there are tragic problems in some remote Aboriginal communities, and on that I commend Lateline to all but you really should read The National Indigenous Times as well, especially Wadeye: The truth of the matter.

But is the answer a new paternalism, as Tony Abbott claims? Well, his ideas do deserve to be looked at, but — and here I think I am actually being conservative in the proper sense — I think it is also a fact that we have seen a failure too of the superficially hard-nosed approach of “practical reconciliation”.

It seems to me that Paul Keating’s 1992 Redfern Speech is as relevant, true and seminal today as it was the day it was spoken, when it broke new ground in the reconciliation process. If the present government had not turned its back on the absolutely necessary symbolic actions that speech exemplified and foreshadowed they might be in a better position today to handle the problems of dysfunctional communities with integrity and honour. But that was not to be.
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Right Wing robo-smear #2,556: “soft on drugs”

As practised most crudely by Tony Abbott, that paragon of tact and rational thought, that awful warning to school debaters on how to lose a debate — except it seems to go over quite well in the current parliament.

TONY ABBOTT’S contribution to tact is about as renowned as Attila the Hun’s legacy to table manners.

And Mr Abbott was at it again in Parliament yesterday, raising Labor’s hackles only two weeks after the Prime Minister, John Howard, urged him to tone it down. Apropos of nothing, Mr Abbott organised to be asked a Dorothy Dixer on illegal drugs.

After spruiking the giga-millions the Government had spent over the years on fighting drugs, rehabilitating addicts and educating the populace, he set about framing the Labor Leader, Kim Beazley, and the Opposition health spokeswoman, Julia Gillard, as the junkie’s best friend.

He quoted Mr Beazley as once saying Mr Howard should not stand in the way of a NSW Government proposal for safe heroin injecting rooms.

“This is someone who supports safe injecting rooms. This is someone who does not back the practical policies of this Government to cut down on illicit drug use,” Mr Abbott crowed.

And on Ms Gillard, for taking a similar stance: “She is just as soft on drugs.”

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Written by Neil

June 15, 2006 at 10:32 am