I was delighted to read in The Age that Margie Abbott has publicly declared her husband to be a feminist. A result, she says, of raising three daughters and being surrounded by strong women. All of whom have dutifully trotted around in his wake in the last few days touting his previously well-hidden feminist credentials.
Spare a thought for poor old Barry O'Farrell. Just when he is trying to build transport networks and balance the budget, a long-simmering factional brawl within the NSW Liberals is threatening to derail his plans.
It's been 110 years since legislation passed granting non-Aboriginal women the right to vote in federal elections. Every now and again, it's worthwhile returning to some of the comments made in the upper and lower houses during that vote to consider gender equality progress.
The beastly outburst of Senator Cory Bernardi has upset many -- not least my jack-russell-cross Roxy, who clings to the hope her love for me will one day be sanctified. It's hard to resist such jokes -- Bernardi's comments were so extreme as to be risible. However, for the Coalition their impact will be deadly serious.
James Button’s account of his time working in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is set to further strain the public service’s rigid insistence on complete confidentiality.
Malcolm Turnbull has all the luxury of reminding Australians of he would do for the country, while Tony Abbott wears something more like a grimace -- one that became considerably worse after Monday's Newspoll showed Labor and the Coalition at a two-party-preferred vote of 50:50.
The very boring verbal jousting between Gina Rinehart and Wayne Swan continued yesterday with Rinehart giving a video speech on the Sydney Mining Club website, banging on about her pet problems.
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