We the people are being promised a treat by Tony Abbott. He has informed us that during the March sitting of federal parliament he will “dedicate a day to repealing red tape”.
Federal departments and agencies, especially those with insufficient dollars to offer up on the sacrificial altar of the Commission of Audit, have been on the hunt for ways they can comply with what is informally known around Canberra as “the dereg agenda”. Others are simply tensing their neck muscles as they are steered by their ministers towards the chopping block.
The purpose of ripping up this “red tape”, the Prime Minister says, is to make “life easier and less costly for everyone”.
Big call. We only need look at two of the proposed “deregs” to see that these claims are simply not true.
Continue reading Tony Abbott’s promised treat no red letter day
By Georgina Dent, Women’s Agenda, 13 February 2014
After delivering a rousing speech on the political persecution of Australia’s first female Prime Minister in August 2012 and then publishing her book The Misogyny Factor, which dealt with the same subject in 2013, many assumed Anne Summers was a close personal friend of Julia Gillard’s. She wasn’t.
But Summers, a writer and a columnist with a PhD and an AO, and Gillard seemed to cross paths at pivotal times. By chance, Summers was the last journalist to conduct an in-depth interview with Gillard before she lost the Labor leadership, and her role as PM, in June last year. The resulting profile, which was published in Summers’ magazine after Gillard’s departure, struck a chord with readers.
Continue reading The story behind Anne Summers’ conversation with Julia Gillard
I had a very interesting chat with James Valentine this afternoon on Radio 702, about Anne Summers Reports as well as my upcoming Conversation with Tim Flannery.
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