Posts Tagged ‘ joyce ’

Everyone wants to be top dog

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

Malcolm Turnbull has always known what he wants, and why. He eased into the leader’s chair on Tuesday with an authority that immediately put the Government on notice that things were now going to be very, very different for it. On Turnbull’s team things will be very, very different, too. And not just because he’s leader.

Joyce declines Turnbull cabinet spot

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Barnaby Joyce, the maverick elected leader of the Nationals in the upper house this week, says he is unable to provide Mr Turnbull with a commitment to hold the Coalition line on all issues. “At times there will be issues that there will, possibly, be a difference on, so on this occasion I humbly decline,” Senator Joyce said today.

Leader Barnaby Joyce still a maverick

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Senator Joyce, who has crossed the floor to vote against the Coalition more than 20 times since he entered the Senate in 2005, said his new position as the Nationals’ Senate leader would not alter his ways. “I am who I am by the grace of God, and I’m not going to change,” he said.

Maverick Joyce now Nationals leader in Senate

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The vote for the leadership was held among Senator Scullion and the four Nationals Senators. The nine lower house MPs did not vote. Federal Nationals leader Warren Truss was informed of the planned change only last night. It was unclear today whether he supported the move.

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’.

Key senator turns off FuelWatch

Aug 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said today that he was now convinced the FuelWatch scheme didn’t stack up. If the Coalition decides to oppose the measure the Rudd Government will be forced to rely on Mr. Xenophon and the minor parties to get the policy through the Senate.

GroceryChoice identifies NT, Tas as most expensive states

Aug 6th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The GroceryChoice website shows a trolley full of food on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is worth about $150, while the same groceries in Darwin and Hobart cost about $12 more.