Australia Ex-Liberal leader Martin Hamilton-Smith quits politics to back Xenophon's hopes

02:42  07 january  2018
02:42  07 january  2018 Source:   ABC News

Brandis takes aim at Queensland LNP merger

  Brandis takes aim at Queensland LNP merger George Brandis has criticised the Liberal National Party's poor performances at state elections and says he has opposed the 2008 Queensland merger from the start. Outgoing Queensland senator George Brandis has fired a parting shot at the Liberal National Party merger, claiming he had long warned against far-right parties filling the power vacuum it would create.Senator Brandis, who will soon head to London as Australia's high commissioner, criticised the party's poor performances at state elections and said he had opposed the 2008 merger from the start.

Hacking attempt!

blog 'diamondhamilton.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Tales from the Coop: The joy of ex -battery hens epub pdf txt.

A vote for SA Best seems on the cards when Martin Hamilton-Smith next heads to a polling booth.© ABC News A vote for SA Best seems on the cards when Martin Hamilton-Smith next heads to a polling booth. Former South Australian Liberal leader Martin Hamilton-Smith is quitting his ministry in the Labor Government and has said he will not recontest the state election on March 17.

"After long consideration over the Christmas-new year break, I have decided that 21 years of public service, in what was my third career, has been fulfilling and that now is the time to move on," he said.

Mr Hamilton-Smith quit the Liberals to help Labor shore up its narrow fourth-term majority in State Parliament and was rewarded with ministries covering trade, defence, small business and veterans' affairs.

Wildcats maul Cairns Taipans in NBL

  Wildcats maul Cairns Taipans in NBL Cairns Taipans have had an unhappy end to 2017, going down 83-68 in the NBL to the Perth Wildcats at home on New Year's Eve.Cairns had lobbied the NBL to give them this traditional game back after they lost the hosting rights last year to Brisbane, but they'll want to forget their 15-point loss in a hurry.

blog 'juansmith.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Think Like a Leader : 150 Top Business Leaders Show You How Their Minds

blog 'tonybradley.blogdetik.com' is not exists. I Choose This Day: Mournings and Miracles of Adoption ebook by Lori Smith .

Mr Hamilton-Smith said he would now be doing all he could to help the candidate from Nick Xenophon's SA Best party, Graham Davies, win his vacated seat of Waite in March.

"I think ...Waite is best served by a Xenophon candidate stepping up," he said.

Mr Hamilton-Smith was elected to Parliament in 1997 and said that, as MP for Waite, he had taken a similar path to one of his predecessors in the southern Adelaide seat.

Long-serving Robin Millhouse also switched his political allegiances during the years he served until 1982, and Mr Hamilton-Smith said his own career had involved putting "his service to the people ahead of party politics".

Pitt has case to answer: Frecklington

  Pitt has case to answer: Frecklington The Queensland opposition leader says former treasurer Curtis Pitt should be referred to the parliamentary Ethics Committee over claims he misled the chamber.Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington will recommend former treasurer Curtis Pitt be referred to the parliament's Ethics Committee over claims he misled the chamber and voters.

blog 'ronaldsaylor.blogdetik.com' is not exists. The of Alexander Hamilton , Volume 6 eBook.

Yesterday former South Australian Liberal leader Martin Hamilton Smith quit the Opposition for a seat at Labor' s Cabinet table after 17 years in the party.

"Mr Millhouse was an enigmatic representative when the seat was known as Mitcham," he said.

"When he saw failures in the [Liberal] party, he took the bold decision to continue as the member but under another banner [Liberal Movement and then Australian Democrats].

"I am proud to say that I've been able to deliver excellent outcomes for the seat as an independent [Liberal]."

Cabinet size to be reduced

Premier Jay Weatherill said the former Liberal would be standing down from Cabinet after its first meeting of the year, on January 18, and he would personally be taking over the portfolios until the election.

"Martin Hamilton-Smith has made an outstanding contribution to South Australia during his four years in Cabinet," the Premier said.

"He decided to quit the Liberal Party and join a Labor Cabinet because he wanted to make a difference — and that's exactly what he's done." Mr Weatherill said the retiring MP had been a tireless champion for SA small businesses and war veterans.

Liberal Sam Duluk, who is the MP in the seat of Davenport, will contest Waite at the state election, while Labor has yet to announce its candidate.

Victoria's worst criminals could face more jail under new plan .
Victorian Liberal Leader Matthew Guy is promising to scrap concurrent sentences for offenders who commit violent crimes whilst on bail or parole. The policy would apply to offences such as rape, murder, aggravated home-invasion and aggravated assault.Mr Guy said it would ensure criminals serve jail time for every offence committed, one after the other, arguing it would only apply to "the worst of the worst".He argued the policy would act as a deterrent, brushing aside questions about the likely effectiveness.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks