Australian Politics

Election speculation serves no-one

June 15, 2009 | Karin SowadaCall me cynical, but with the Australian economy just having narrowly escaped technical recession, it is hardly surprising that the Rudd Government hardheads are now apparently speculating about an early election.

Support women’s work choices

June 3, 2009 | Karin SowadaIt is time for a more sophisticated conversation about women and work which continues to value motherhood, but recognises the fundamental social shift brought about by women moving into the workforce .

Pension rise will change Australia

May 15, 2009 | Karin SowadaWhile much of the Federal Budget was leaked beforehand, the most surprising element was raising the pension age to 67. This measure was as startling as it was profound.

Jobs must come first

May 4, 2009 | Karin SowadaWith the economy in survival mode, business is in no mood to spend money on tricky new policy initiatives such as the Federal Govt's carbon emissions trading scheme.

We need the baby bonus now more than ever

April 27, 2009 | Karin SowadaAs we prepare for the Federal Budget, some forms of middle class welfare are clearly in the Government's sights. But we need them now more than ever.

Rudd’s refugee dilemma needs global solution

April 20, 2009 | Karin SowadaI hate the term 'asylum seeker'. In the 1970s, asylum seekers were smart-suited Soviet spies walking off planes at Heathrow and pampered Eastern bloc athletes and ballerinas going AWOL in America.

Fiji Christians face hard post-Easter reality

April 13, 2009 | Karin SowadaFiji's return to the bad old days of political chaos is sure to provide headaches for the Australian Government, and for our Fijian brothers and sisters.

Defence deserves grilling on Rudd’s in-flight meal and more

April 6, 2009 | Karin SowadaThe leak of Kevin Rudd's outburst over an inflight meal on a Defence force jet shows the war between the Department and its political leaders could be just beginning.

Tough love for China?

March 30, 2009 | Karin SowadaIn the wake of Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon's difficulties, we must watch our Government's friendship with an emerging China.

Dead Sea Scrolls challenge changes nothing

March 23, 2009 | Karin SowadaRecently stirred up debate about the authorship of the Dead Sea Scrolls changes little about their overall importance.

Lib squabble takes our eyes off the ball

March 16, 2009 | Karin SowadaNothing excites Parliament House in Canberra quite like squabbles over political leadership. The atmosphere in the bubble that is Capitol Hill swirls around like a mini tornado as people share the latest gossip on an almost hourly basis. But this is not what Australians need, writes Dr Karin Sowada.

Intervention must close the gap

March 9, 2009 | Karin SowadaThe government is right to continue with the intervention if they can truly 'close the gap' on indigenous health, education, employment and housing outcomes, writes Karin Sowada

Rebuilding Iraq

March 2, 2009 | Karin SowadaThe prompt for the first of my regular blogs on Australian politics was, interestingly, a photograph in the Australian depicting 20 coffins draped in American flags, writes Dr Karin Sowada.