Posts Tagged ‘ brown ’

Brown fights for job as turmoil mounts

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Gordon Brown’s centre-left Labour Party trails David Cameron’s resurgent Conservatives by 17 percentage points, according to a poll yesterday. About 54 per cent of Labour activists want someone other than Mr Brown as leader for the next general election, which must be held by mid-2010, according to a newspaper poll yesterday.

Canadian solution to cap political patronage

Sep 15th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

If both parties can come to agreement it raises the prospect of a bipartisan report that for the first time in the country’s history recommends the introduction of legislatively mandated caps on campaign spending. The model that has committee members most interested is the “cap and gap” system used in Canada.

Premier dumps Noreen Hay

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Beleaguered Labor MP Noreen Hay has been dumped as a New South Wales parliamentary secretary by Premier Nathan Rees. The move comes after the member for Wollongong was caught up in the scandal surrounding disgraced police minister Matt Brown’s drunken romp at a post-budget party in June. Mr. Brown was sacked yesterday after news of his actions became public.

NSW Police Minister resigns over simulated sex with MP

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

A witness said Matt Brown, who was sworn in just three days ago, stripped down to his “very brief” underpants and danced to loud “Oxford Street-style” techno music on a green leather Chesterfield couch he had recently ordered for his office. The witness said Mr Brown “mounted the chest” of Wollongong MP Noreen Hay.

Bad news puts Brown on ropes

Aug 26th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Beleaguered British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, keen for a fillip from his country’s sporting successes in Beijing, has instead been swamped by more bad news and poor polling. A survey published on Sunday put support for Mr. Brown’s Labour Party at 25%, compared with the opposition Conservatives’ 46%.

Bring on the number twos! – the week in review

Aug 24th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion, Science Fiction

This week was a week of number twos on a variety of fronts. In the US, Joe Biden became Barack Obama’s new sidekick, while in Australia, the minor parties in the Senate geared up to take on their new roles as second fiddles. Meanwhile, in the entertainment world, ‘Stargate Atlantis’ was cancelled and replaced by ‘Stargate Universe’.

Labor governments everywhere should be scared: professor

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Emeritus Professor David Black, of Curtin University, said in releasing its internal polling, Labor had shown its hand by revealing 57 per cent of voters expected a Carpenter win. “They realise they’re in trouble,” Prof Black said today. “What they want to do is tell the electorate is ‘it won’t be a wake-up call, we’ll actually lose’.”

Labor not a one-man team

Aug 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The power-sharing arrangement between Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard gives every appearance of being the most equitable of any political duo in recent political history, and one that Gillard’s admirers believe only establishes her more firmly as the Labor leader-in-waiting.