No one would be happier than me if the life of Liddell Power Station can be extended. I just doubt it's possible. But one thing is certain, it's impossible in the absence of high electricity prices, the very thing we want to avoid.Read more
IN 21 years in Federal Parliament, I've experienced some interesting sitting weeks. For balance, many occurred during the 43rd Parliament when Labor was in minority government and Tony Abbott was making the most of every opportunity.Read more
How do we expect to maintain a strong economy and give our kids every opportunity if we allow the progressive disappearance of apprenticeships?Read more
A visit to Versailles during my recent holiday in France seemed a timely reminder of the consequences of out-of touch leadership.Read more
Decentralisation is trotted out from time to time by lazy politicians with no real ideas.Read more
Last week The Australian newspaper ran an interesting story about award-winning pig farmers Aaron and Scott Scheid.Read more
Surely a decentralisation plan would help regional towns? If the Turnbull government had a considered plan, the answer could be “yes”.Read more
George Orwell could not have written the pork barrel script any better himself.Read more
Those in the Parliament who know me well also know I’ve devoted a large part of my political career resisting what I call “overreach on climate change”.Read more
There are many reasons why a government might justifiably keep information secret or unavailable.
Matters relating to the national interest and national security are obvious examples. As a former Minister for Defence, I understand this.