Even a Labor PM worried about the looney left

Even Bob Hawke, a Labor PM worried about the hard left…David Shearer should consider this:

A previously unpublished study reveals former Prime Minister Bob Hawke was concerned that granting self-government in the ACT could result in the election of a left-leaning Labor Government.

His view is canvassed in the report by Michael Brown, senior private secretary to then Territories Minister Gordon Scholes.

“The Prime Minister’s view of self-government was, in Scholes’ opinion, strongly coloured by his view of the ACT branch of the Labor Party,” Mr Brown wrote in a sub-thesis for the ANU. 

“Notwithstanding the commitment in the party platform, Hawke found it difficult to get enthused over an idea that had significant budgetary impact, particularly if the likely result was a left-leaning Labor Government in the ACT.

Bob Hawke at one time held a beer sculling record and he still has it:


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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