If rumours are correct, Tony Abbott wants John Howard to be Australia’s next Governor-General.
Fairfax Media has reported the Opposition Leader has sent a letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard demanding she not name a replacement for Governor-General Quentin Bryce, whose term will end next March.
The government is suspicious that Mr Abbott is hoping to keep the G-G position vacant in order to appoint his former boss, former primer minister John Howard.
But would former prime minister John Howard, the second longest serving PM in Australia’s history, be a suitable choice for the position?
The “I give a Gonski” campaign has been successful. That is, politicians have listened and are acting on the recommendations made by the Review of Funding for Schooling chaired by David Gonski. Over the weekend, the Federal Government announced plans to increase school funding by $14.5 billion over six years – $2 billion of this funding will come from existing university funding. The funding plan has been met with widespread criticism and condemnation, with supporters of education funding arguing that you can’t take funding from one part of the education sector to give to another.
He’s in for the fight of his life as tries to gain the trust of the Australian voting population; but is Tony Abbott the new-age sensitive man he says he is?
On Sunday night, Abbott tried to present as a changed man in an interview with Liz Hayes for Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes.
Nothing was off the table for the interview. His views on sexuality, marriage rights and how his religion impacts on his politics were all discussed. The Abbott presented was a family man, pouring dressing on a salad and joking with his three daughters at a family BBQ.
But like all families, this one has had its dramas too.
Following the signing of an official document by her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Commonwealth officially stands against all discrimination.
The document formalises “core values of the organisation and the aspiration of its members.” That organisation is the Commonwealth, which Australia is a member of.
The Queen is set to sign the document later today in London.
The document will officially oppose “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
A free university education isn’t the norm in Australia, unless you are one of our top athletes. An athlete who studies via the Australian Institute of Sport does not have to pay HECS-HELP fees; unlike our doctors, our nurses, our police officers, our teachers, our journalists, our artists, our paramedics; unlike any other career choice in Australia.
The result? A group of over-indulged athletes going on a “rampage” at the 2012 London Olympics. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really care if they took “sleeping tablets and went to bed at 10.30″. That’s not the issue at hand.
The important issue is why should taxpayers foot the bill for their education?
Australian artist Ben Quilty is asking the same question.
In an opinion piece for the SMH, Quilty wrote:
“Everyone pays HECS: nurses, paramedics, teachers, artists; we all pay for our education. We also pay tax from prizes won: the Archibald, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, all literary prizes, film prizes, prizes for excellence in education and medical research. Even the Queensland Premiers’ Literary Award was taxed, until it was axed. And I didn’t whinge about being thrown into a higher tax bracket when I won the Whiteley Scholarship as a young artist until I realised that at the same time I was in Paris studying, the young emerging Olympians in Salt Lake City were there for free. In fact the prizes they would receive for winning were also tax-free, and so were their education and training.”
He juxtaposes the recently revealed behaviour of athletes with the quiet heroism of soldiers in Afghanistan. The point is clear – Australian athletes need to grow up.
2012 has been a crazy, eventful year, rife with scandals, elections and viral music videos where people ride invisible horses. In case you had a life and missed some of the crucial newsworthy moments of 2012, never fear, because we’ve been keeping a close eye on all the big stories.
Join us as we take a walk down memory lane through the madness, mayhem and occasional tragedy that was the last twelve months in news and views.
Daniel Morcombe’s parents have finally been able to farewell their teenage son, nine years to the day since he disappeared on the Sunshine Coast.
If Daniel were alive today, he would be turning 24 this month. He most likely would be at university, or in the process of graduating, finding a job and moving out of the family home. He would have friends, possibly be in a relationship; he might have plans for an overseas trip and he would be excited for his upcoming birthday.
Instead, he was remembered by thousands dressed in red as his parents, friends and family said goodbye.