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Blake Shinn is one
of two riders being
allegedly placing illegal
bets on horse racing.
The Age understands
that Shinn, who helped
Bart Cummings to his
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- two years ago, and
Sydney jockey Peter
Robl are at the... Read more
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much love at the
Tom Richardson, on the
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US President Barack Obama will meet
Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the
first time next month, on the sidelines
of the APEC summit in Japan, the
White House says.
The talks will take place in Yokohama
at the back end of Obama’s 10-day,
four-nation tour of Asia and are likely
to focus on Afghanistan, trade, the
economy and North Korea.
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INDEPENDENT MP Bob Such has defended
his role in apparently causing offence to
some Muslim women
onlookers in State
after a Question Time
stunt went awry.
Dr Such yesterday
queried whether people
wearing hoodies, turbans
or burqas would also have to remove their
headgear when parliament was in session –
in reaction to a dress-up stunt arranged by
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to get to the Government. Lord
knows, if you were forced
to work every day in a strangely
sombre building constantly under
siege from people who really don’t
like you very much, you’d begin
feeling somewhat despondent.
And that is very much the scene
outside parliament house of late.
These days, if you turn up at the
old grey building on North Terrace
and don’t have to force your way
through a baying mob to enter it,
you’d probably assume you have the
And it’s not just the ferocity or
frequency of these protests, it’s the
size. On Tuesday more than 3000
were protesting over public-sector
cuts and the next day up to 1000
from as far afield as Keith were
arguing against funding reductions
to rural community-run hospitals.
So, a few slightly rebellious
backbenchers aside, it’s fair to say
the Labor members aren’t feeling
much love at the moment.
Their problem is that the hasty
(albeit well-advised) backflip on
the Parks Community Centre has
convinced everyone with a gripe
about Kevin Foley’s budget (and
there are a few out there!) that all
they need do is make a lot of angry
noise and everything will be OK.
Isobel Redmond clearly believes
this to be the case: she told the hos-
pital protestors she was “confident”
the decision would be overturned.
And to be fair, her confidence is not
Apparently, Labor’s caucus has
been hotly debating the budget
measures, with nervous backbench-
ers and moralistic left-wingers keen
to drape Foley’s fiscal sledgeham-
mer in velvet.
Ironically enough, the consensus
is that the Australian Workers’
Union’s poster-boy, leading
left-winger Jay Weatherill, urged
the party to “stand firm”, arguing
that the unions were running a
“political campaign” because they
have nowhere else to go. Putting
aside his motivations for saying so,
the fact is he has a point.
The unions have been flexing
their industrial muscle, but they
will never actively campaign to
remove a Labor Government. The
furthest they will go – and some
have already gone there – is to call
for the removal of Labor’s leader-
ship group, specifically Mike Rann,
Kevin Foley and Pat Conlon.
But who would replace them?
The likes of Weatherill and Hill
have been ministers for as long as
the so-called Gang of Three, and
are tarnished by the same policy
Another leadership item being
shopped around consists of Jack
Snelling and Grace Portolesi; as
far as “Dream Tickets” go, that’s
the kind you wake up struggling to
Still, if Weatherill was of a mind
to lecture his colleagues on the
benefits of constancy, it would go
a long way to explaining why he
was so adamant his rolled-gold
U-turn on adult re-entry education
programs was absolutely, positively,
adamantly NOT a backflip.
Despite all the Education
Union rallies, news coverage and
parliamentary debate about budget
measures putting SACE courses
off-limits to most prospective
students aged over 21, apparently
Weatherill never had any intention
to introduce such a measure. He
just never thought to say as much
But, so wily is the man, he sure
had everyone fooled. Not just us
stupid journos, but the Opposition
and even the unions so enamoured
of him, who quickly released a
statement praising him for his
courageous change of heart, and
urging Foley to take a leaf out of his
It has surely come to a significant
fork in the long and winding road
of this Government when cabinet
ministers start not only telling
us their policy, but also how to
interpret it. In Weatherill’s case,
effectively: “Yes, this policy is a
complete reversal of the policy we
were pushing a few weeks ago
that so upset everyone, but please
don’t call it a backflip, because it’s
No, Jay ... it’s an ILLUSION!
(Insert spooky music and ironic
wiggly fingers gesture here.)
Apparently, he did a bit of
research and realised that, after
all the exemptions he was making
for single mothers and the like,
the number of people over 21
actually going for their SACE
was so negligible as to render any
budget saving redundant. So the
$20 million saving target could be
achieved without banning SACE
courses for over-21s.
The fact that the intention was
there to do so doesn’t seem to reso-
nate with Weatherill, so concerned
as he is both to retain his hard-won
reputation as the champion of
all things fair and good and true,
while simultaneously keeping the
party hawks at bay with internal
rhetoric about “holding the line”
and “staying the course”.
He needn’t bother, of course.
For Labor to install Weatherill
as leader, it would need to be in
roughly the same position as its
New South Wales counterpart was
when it installed Nathan Rees. And,
fortunately for all of us, it ain’t
For his part, the Education
Minister was decidedly non-
committal when asked this week
whether he supported the party’s
current leadership. His answer: “I
support the decision the party-room
made after the last election.”
Must be a ball when that lot get
together behind closed doors.
The fact is, Weatherill has
become such a hate-figure among
the Right that there are some whose
sole purpose in political life appears
to be keeping him out of the ALP
For his ambition to be fulfilled
from here, it would take one
almighty backflip from the Labor
machine. But he can at least console
himself with the knowledge that
the ALP is no stranger to backflips.
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The Independent Weekly
With apologies to Monty Python
and the Romans, but what have the
Communists ever done for us?
Plenty, retorts the Communist
Party of Australia. There were the
campaigns for indigenous rights,
against evictions in the 1930s and
against rising prices in the ’50s, and
coining the phrase “Pig Iron Bob”
for Prime Minister Bob Menzies.
Then there’s the contribution of
Communist writers and artists to the
country’s creative life.
The point of the list is to mark
the CPA’s 90th anniversary this
weekend. The comrades will gather
this Saturday at the Semaphore
Workers’ Club to reminisce, give
speeches, watch a documentary and
cut an anniversary cake.
CPA state secretary Bob Briton,
a member for 30 years, has never
wavered in his faith in socialism,
despite the collapse of the Iron
Curtain in 1989.
“It sort of got overtaken by lots
of mistakes and stupidity all round,
plus they were under constant
attack and sabotage from outside as
well,” he said. “But, yeah, that’s not
the socialism we look forward to in
Australia, so it really didn’t cause
our ideas or vision to evaporate.”
Briton, 55, is not allowed to reveal
how many members the CPA has
in SA, but it’s thought to be not far
removed from his age.
“It’s growing, but just too slowly.
We’re more than replacing the dear
old comrades who pass away, but
it’s really not fast enough to do what
we’re setting out to do.”
Briton says Saturday’s celebration
will be an “ecumenical” reunion of
people from all the different splits
in the movement over the years.
Also expected to attend is prominent
lawyer Elliot Johnson QC, a CPA
father figure in South Australia, who
is now in his early 90s.
Briton is particularly proud of
the CPA’s record in gaining better
pay and conditions for workers, but
believes the workers could have been
“What happened is when they
got those advances in pay and
conditions, they promptly went out
and bought houses and investment
properties, big four-wheels drives
and all the rest of it. You know,
socialism was the last thing on their
1. a backward somersault.
2. a dive executed by somersaulting
3. Informal: a complete reversal in
attitude or policy.
are revolting BobBriton:Partystalwart.
Melbourne beer drinkers have a laugh at
Jockey Blake Shinn
with the Melbourne
Cup after his win on
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