Like the UK, the country is struggling with the issue of what can be done about unlawful non-citizens who cannot currently be deported and have committed serious crimes.
The No advocates believed that instead of creating an entirely new body at an additional expense, Canberra should fix the bodies that already exist by reviewing what is and isn’t working.
Fifty-five years ago, on the 8th, August 1968, Johannes Bjelke-Petersen, one of the most unconventional and controversial twentieth-century conservative leaders, became the Premier of Queensland, Australia.
With the polls all pointing towards the defeat, the Government is spending millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money combatting “misinformation” – whilst insisting it isn’t funding the Yes campaign.
In government, Labor have so far confined themselves to gestures such as banishing His Majesty from the banknotes whilst relegating a referendum to a second-term issue.
There are lessons for Sunak and Braverman as they prepare to take on the people smugglers operating from the French coast.
While nobody disagrees with Constitutional recognition, advocates have no convincing case that such groups are under-represented in politics, nor that ordinary legislation could not remedy any grievances.
In the recent state election in Victoria, the party secured swings against Labor in all the wrong places.
To use Anthony Albanese’s own attack line while he was opposition leader, “everything is going up except wages”.
Unless republicans can overcome their own divisions, and persuade a politically-cautious nation to embrace change, King Charles III’s grip on his second-largest realm looks secure.
Voters value stability. Our parties have made a national sport of ‘spills’, and been punished at the ballot box.
After nine years in government and three prime ministers, the right gave up on making a positive case – and paid the price at the ballot box.
As Labor and the Coalition struggle to land blows on each other, disenchanted voters are hungry for an alternative.
It is incredible that he has allowed this attack on the Prime Minister’s integrity to be published now – amidst this existential global pandemic crisis.
From the outset, he framed both himself and his government as acknowledging the concerns of everyday Australians. It was a voice that rang with authenticity.