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[20 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,577 views ]

We should support Clover Moore’s attempt to reduce opening hours of problem pubs and clubs
IN recent weeks, Sydney mayor Clover Moore has publicly taken on Kristina Keneally’s NSW Labor government and the liquor industry calling for some restrictions on trading hours to clamp down on alcohol-fuelled violence.
As Moore rightly argues, a liquor licence should be regarded as a privilege, not a right. That’s why she is attempting to wind back the opening hours of badly run premises where patrons are not safe, …

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[6 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,337 views ]

ECONOMIST John Kenneth Galbraith once said: “All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”
If this test were to be applied to the leadership of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, both would fall far short of greatness.
At least Rudd started well, identifying climate change as the “great moral challenge of our age” and working tirelessly to introduce an emissions trading scheme to …