Democrat stalwart dies

The role of the Australian Democrats as a political force is beginning to recede into history. It is now over six years since the party ceased having representation in the federal Parliament. But I am keen that the very positive legacy of the party is not forgotten and nor should those people who made a…

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6 years of blogging

It’s been such a long time since I started this blog, and both I and the blog have been through so many transitions I’d forgotten what time of year it was that I started it. So it was a complete coincidence that I thought I might look to see when the first entry was, and…

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Weather prediction

On June 25 2008, Nick Minchin gave a valedictory speech to the Senate to mark the departure of the Australian Democrats from the federal Parliament after a presence of over 30 years. To help further boost the mood of the Democrats there that night, Senator Minchin kindly outlined that “one of the things (he) managed to…

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Running again

It’s nearly two years since the last election, when the Democrats lost all their seats, and over sixteen months since I finally left the Senate,  as did the Democrats as a party.  After a lot of thought,  I’ve decided to get back into party politics and contest a seat at next year’s federal election. It…

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Memorial service for Jack Evans

I attended the memorial service for co-founder of the Australian Democrats, Jack Evans in Perth yesterday.  I don’t especially seek to be the chronicler of departed Democrats, but I do believe the contribution of key figures in the Democrats’ history should be recognised because of the significant impact of the party on the Australian political…

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The Last Democrat.

The Last Democrat. When http://andrewbartlett.com/?p=7172 I wrote about David Winderlich being sworn into the South Australian Parliament as a Democrat MP back in January, it was no great feat of future telling to predict that he could well be the last Democrat to serve in an Australian Parliament.  The next South Australian election was due…

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Jack Evans: Another Democrat obituary

News has come through that Jack Evans, a pivotal person in the founding and development of the Australian Democrats, has died at the age of 80. I’ve previously written about other former Democrats when they have passed away, namely Sid Spindler, and Don Chipp.  Whilst its dangerous to single people out, Sid, Don and Jack were amongst the most…

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The Last Democrat?

The membership of the South Australian Democrats have made their choice to fill the Upper House vacancy caused by the retirement of the party’s sole remaining MP.  The vacancy is being filled by David Winderlich. I first met David quite a few years ago through his work supporting refugees.  He was one of a number of…

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The final question

Pretty much everything I did this week could have had a ‘last time’ label attached to it – last Party Room meeting, last Committee meeting, last Whips meeting, etc. I’ve avoided recording all of those, as it quickly gets rather tiresome. However, I thought I’d record the last Democrat question ever asked in the Senate. Partly…

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My actual final speech

Due to the way the government wanted to order Senate business in the final week, the formal Valedictory speeches of departing Senators were not actually the last speech for many of us. Below is the text of what was my actual final speech (and the final words spoken by a Democrat in the Senate).  I…

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My final speech

I’m giving my final Valedictory speech in the Senate this coming Wednesday evening, around 6pm. News Radio should be broadcasting the Senate at that time, or you can listen in online through www.aph.gov.au.  There’s another story in today’s SMH exploring where the Democrats went wrong. I might write some stuff here on that topic later,…

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