Question Time needs an overhaul if it is to genuinely meet the non-negotiable standards of accountability, integrity, and transparency sorely missing from Australia's current system of government.
Like any term drawn out of some faux nationalism (can there be any other?), it divides on the pretext of uniting.
Despite Newcastle's version of political Armageddon, and the likelihood of further political repercussions, the city must dust itself off, rebuild its tarnished reputation, and plan for a more prosperous Newcastle.
Any decision made by the minister is unchallengeable – if there are no minimum rules or standards, how can any planning decision be wrong or inadequate?
There is no current alternative party of the centre, a role once filled by the Australia Party (remember Gordon Barton?) and the Democrats. If one existed I would expect it to do quite well.
Off-hand, ideologically-driven or politically-motivated opinions disguised as facts are nothing new in political discourse.
Whoever is in power at any level of government anywhere in the nation will be removed at the next election, whether they be left or right.
In my term in parliament, I want to convince Australians to reconsider whether handing their money over to the government is better than keeping it themselves.
If you want to know how the left in Australia thinks, then check out Twitter. It will also explain the slow degradation of Australian political reporting into gotcha exposes and personal slurs.
Where does the devil lie? He (or she) lies in the detail and when it comes to policy there is no more vexing devil than implementation.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott may not be a good public orator or rhetorician but that does not make him a poor statesman.
In a practical sense that must mean a decisive break on the part of Labor with the mindset of 'small government'.