Good news for some in the federal budget

By Rod Benson The Rudd Government’s third budget has many critics, as budgets do.  Former federal treasurer Peter Costello called it futuristic but devoid of reality.  Current Treasurer, Wayne Swan, was at pains to cast it as a “no frills” budget, and with good reason since we are looking down the barrel at a $40 …

Compassion, caution and asylum seekers

By Rod Benson There was a time when humanitarian concern guaranteed that the tensions generated by an influx of asylum seekers was not politicized by our leaders. Those days are gone.  In a speech last week, federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott claimed that “millions of Australians feel less secure in their own country” due to …

Mr Rudd’s great big moral issue

When someone claims to be a Christian, and attends church every Sunday, and identifies climate change as “the greatest moral challenge of our time,” and then backs away from policies to address the issue, questions arise about their moral compass.  Just last week the Prime Minister assured us that climate change remained on his government’s …

Kevin Rudd on his Christian faith

In view of the series of policy reversals by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd over the last few weeks, most notably his decision to abort the proposed emissions trading scheme (despite casting climate change as "the greatest moral issue of our time"), I thought it was worth reminding the real world of what Mr Rudd said on air …

Catherine Deveny on ANZAC Day

This afternoon, between 3.01 pm and 5.16 pm, Catherine Deveny (@CatherineDeveny), a columnist for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, posted 14 interesting tweets about ANZAC Day.  One she deleted before I could save it. Here are the rest (warning: this post contains strong language): Don't support Anzac Day. Refuse to celebrate a glorification of war that ignores the suffering …

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