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The Canadian Progressive: Transcript: Julia Gillard Addresses The Broadbent Institute Progress Summit

Here’s the transcript of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s keynote speech to the Broadbent Institute’s first annual Progress Summit, held March 28-30 in Ottawa.

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Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions

Michael Chong is one the most respected people in the country when it comes to democratic reform. He quit his cabinet position on principle, and proposed a series of thoughtful Question Period reforms in 2010, which seem all the more overdue after the Paul Calandra show we saw last week.

So when Michael Chong tables . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Best Intentions

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: BC approves the Alberta pipeline to China

TweetPremier Alison Redford can celebrate a victory today as a significant political hurdle in her quest for a Canadian Energy Strategy earned the support of British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. Only mere hours after cancelling a meeting that had been arranged to discuss the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline from Alberta to BC, the two premiers . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: BC approves the Alberta pipeline to China

Song of the Watermelon: The Persistence of Misogyny

It has been fashionable for as long as I can remember for bitter males, along with a few reactionary female allies, to claim that the feminist movement not only succeeded in eliminating the traditional gender power structure, but inverted it. Women, they complain, are now on top, occupying the positions of privilege formerly reserved for . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: The Persistence of Misogyny

Drive-by Planet: Tony Abbott: sexist-of-convenience

Impolitical: Late night Gillard

Thanks to Dr. Dawg for posting this most excellent video. Had to fly the flag for Julia over here too!

I don’t have much to add just hope that everyone watches. Sheer guts and awesomeness from Gillard in calling out Tony Abbott, the leader of the opposition and his hypocrisy on sexism.

. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Late night Gillard

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Australia’s Female PM Assails “Misogynist’ Opposition Leader & Sexism

A political master-stroke of epic proportions. That’s my take on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s take-down of opposition leader Tony Abbott in this 15-minute speech on sexism in Parliament. OK, let’s put aside the fact that Gillard’s passionate and personal take-down followed Abbott’s attack on the embattled Speaker of the house, Peter Slipper, who resigned . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Australia’s Female PM Assails “Misogynist’ Opposition Leader & Sexism

Slap Upside The Head: Thumbs Up To Equal Marriage From Australia’s Governing Party

The Australian Labor Party officially adopted policies in support of full equal marriage rights for same-sex couples last week.

That’s an encouraging sign, certainly increasing the likelyhood of a successful same-sex marriage bill being introduced in parliament.

Canada’s governing Conservative party, incidentally, officially adopted an opposite policy during its last convention, supporting the revocation . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Thumbs Up To Equal Marriage From Australia’s Governing Party

gay persons of color: Video: Thousands march in Sydney after ALP votes to support marriage equality

While the marriage equality movement is still in its early stages in Australia, it certainly took a big step forward with the ruling Australian Labor Party (ALP) decision Saturday to support gay marriage. This came after a conscience vote on the issue (called by the country’s anti-gay marriage leader, Prime Minister Julia Gillard) at the . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Video: Thousands march in Sydney after ALP votes to support marriage equality

gay persons of color: Video: Where marriage equality stands today in Australia

This video nicely sums up the complexity of dynamics surrounding marriage equality legislation in Australia. A petition with 140,285 signatures calling for  equality has already been presented to the ruling Australian Labor Party, whose members will debate the issue at their national conference in Canberra on Saturday. . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Video: Where marriage equality stands today in Australia

gay persons of color: Melissa Etheridge criticizes Australia’s failure to recognize equality

In reference to Australian leader Julia Gillard’s stance against equal civil rights, openly gay American singer Melissa Etheridge told The Sunday Telegraph:”It’s kind of ridiculous that we are completely contributing citizens and in this day and age, w… . . . → Read More: gay persons of color: Melissa Etheridge criticizes Australia’s failure to recognize equality

Trashy's World: Can we be annexed by Australia?

…seriously. Because their PM has balls (figuratively). More balls than our guys…   Of course, Steve probably curtsied. And Peter shurely did! The queen should be shown the same degree of respect as anyone her age. No more and no less. She is no different from any one of us except for the luck of […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Can we be annexed by Australia?

DeSmogBlog: Australia Gets a Price on Carbon Despite Toxic Anti-Science Campaign

carbon_rally.jpg THEY paid millions of dollars for adverts on television, in newspapers and online. They flew in climate change deniers from across the globe. They held rallies, engaged prominent… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Australia Gets a Price on Carbon Despite Toxic Anti-Science Campaign