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.
Australia Day is a time for us to reflect on and celebrate our rich history and success as a nation. It’s also a time to give voice to our on-going commitment to democracy, fairness and inclusiveness.Read more
Few people have heard of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Fewer people know where it is or what it does.Read more