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Political Parties and Policy Formulation

I noted on the front page of The Weekend Australian a short time ago (June 2-3 2012) a lead for a story – “Australia’s relationship with China is immature and the federal government lacks clear policy on how to deal with the Country’s biggest trading partner in a climate where xenophobia remains, according to the … Continue reading

The Sweet Moment

Sometimes you read a book or two and they leave a profound sway in your thinking.  The following two publications are two such books, well worth consideration.  Well written, authoritative but importantly very easy to read.  Nonetheless, put them in the further perspective of your ‘other’ thinking and a story evolves. Hartcher, Peter; The Sweet … Continue reading

The Next Federal Election

The next Australian federal election will elect members of our 44th Parliament. The election must be held by 30 November 2013 and will be called following the dissolution or expiry of the current Parliament which was elected on Saturday, 21 August 2010. That means the current 43rd Parliament has been in place, as of today … Continue reading


It is a universally agreed maxim that “No-one likes change” but for some reason, this cliché has never entered my thought processes and nor do I want it to. So here’s the challenge – if you ever hear me lamenting a change, a new way of doing things, reflecting on the “old days”, a better … Continue reading

What of 2012?

On the last day of the year I normally spend some time thinking about the coming year and next Saturday will be no different, moreover, I developed “The Durrant” plan some time ago, to facilitate this process. Well maybe I should rename it the “Peter” plan because Kay and the clan certainly don’t refer to … Continue reading