I love this time of year - the heat, the surf, the food, catching up with family and friends. But at a Christmas lunch with refugees our shared enjoyment was marred by the outcome of cruel government policies.
Over the past year I have come to know many of the Tamil refugees at Villawood, so along with my staff I was very pleased to accept their invitation to join them for lunch.
Leadership and compassion are two words that certainly don't associate themselves with the first few months of the Abbott Government. Instead, we're witnessing a concerning trend when it comes to policy decisions that affect vulnerable Australians.
Last weekend The Australian published a heavily edited version of my letter to the editor regarding anti-Semitism and justice for Palestine. While letters are often edited due to space limitations, the published version leaves out key words and even changes one phrase, altering the meaning of my original letter.
The federal government’s new Commission of Audit, announced on Wednesday will be headed by Tony Shepherd, who is not only the head of the Business Council of Australia, but also the chair of government contractor Transfield Services. This company has an extensive history of political donations and lobbying links.