“There are no single donations of comparable size to the ALP; …

Comment on It’s not money that makes the NT political world go round by John Bell.

“There are no single donations of comparable size to the ALP; its funds were made up of multiple smaller donations.”
By coincidence, today’s The Herald Sun in Melbourne carried the news that the United Firefighters Union “campaigned aggressively” for the Labor party at the last election and is now the beneficiary of “tens of millions of taxpayers’ money” in a lavish new enterprise bargaining agreement approved by the Andrews government.
This tends to reflect the historical differences between the traditional funding bases of the two major political parties that can be traced almost back to Federation.
Labor has always had a solid funding base in the union movement, whereas the Libs, originally a get-together of independent members of Parliament, have had to rely on disparate donors.
This has helped fuel the development of the “Workers v the Bosses” mantra in Aussie political ideology.
China billionaires are now further blurring lines of demarcation between the two middle class parties by backing both horses for Chinese state interests. As the old folk song goes “The times they are a-changin”!

Recent Comments by John Bell

Children in care management system to cost $229m
Evelyne Roullet asks the pertinent questiin. Wayne Swan in 2007 made government credit spending the new mantra, fiscal responsibility and only spending what was in the national kitty was expected by the people from governments since Federation.
When Whitlam briefly opened the floodgates 1972-1975 the people spoke in a landslide and pulled governments back on track.
However, the shackles came off that thinking completely under Rudd, Swann and Gillard. The Liberals were expected to pull it back on track under Abbott but expectations were not met.
As for Shorten, witness the Labor Conference promises.
The Gunner NT is only a symptom of what has been in the pipeline for most of this millennium so far.


The Territory is broke
The NT under Gunner is spending like a crazy person with 10 arms.
It is in Labor’s DNA – they can’t change.
Look at Andrews in Victoria doubling debt overnight $25 billion to $48 billion and rapidly climbing with union demands … and the promises made by Shorten … and Queensland has lost the plot altogether.


Human rights, centre stage
@ Carolyn Newman: “They are only words.” The reality of words in court, Carolyn, is that it is the skilled use of words by legal wordsmiths (lawyers) that sway the judge towards guilty or not guilty. Clever lawyers use words you and I don’t even know the legal meaning of to get us convicted when you are innocent of the charges.
In their unscrupulous game-playing world, words can mean whatever they want them to mean.


Human rights, centre stage
@InterestedDarwinObserver. Everyone agrees that these awardees are to be highly commended. Wonderful recipients.
My comment was an observation that the “social justice” terminology is symptomatic of a concerted move to overlay common law with a supposedly superior moral ethos of human rights law.
Eg making judges take human rights law provisions into consideration when making decisions.
I believe this thinking is fraught with danger.
There should be greater emphasis on due diligence and ethical behaviour by practitioners of the common law and legislators than imposing new law.
The old law system is not broke. It just needs practitioners and legislators to be more diligent and ethical.


Human rights, centre stage
Well done to the Centralians who received these Fitzgerald awards. However, the phrase “social justice” is an invention of the Human Rights Commission and its advocates, brought into vogue especially by the Mabo decision of 3 June 1992. Justice has always been justice. No need to qualify the word with the adjective “social”. Human rights legislation such as the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is simply additional legislation to complement the common law and other legislative law. If applied with due diligence and integrity, all of our law in Western democratic society is aimed at delivering justice. “Justice” is a simple, stand-alone, most powerful of words. Adding a qualifying adjective dilutes its meaning and is rather pointless.


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