That’s John Howard, Australia’s Prime Minister at the time of the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996. After the massacre, he prompted the passing of gun control laws throughout Australia. Gun buy-back programs resulted in the destruction of 600,000 guns, private sales were prohibited, guns were required to be individually registered to their owners and assault weapons were banned or heavily restricted. The result? Gun homicides reduced 59%, gun suicides dropped 65% and there have been no mass shootings since (4 or more deaths at one time).
It’s also worth pointing out that John Howard was the leader of the more conservative of the two major parties in Australia.
One of the only decent things he did
The Age: Carbon tax compensation flows to students. ”The payments - of up to $190 - will be paid directly to eligible students’ bank accounts from 1 July”
As a environmental studies student, I officially oppose the carbon tax (on grounds that carbon pricing does not technically reduce carbon)
As a poor uni student, I unofficially say God Bless Julia Gillard and her bloody carbon tax.
yes I know I’m spamming Kitty Flanagan, but this is quality. And I only ever blog quality.
Kitty Flanagan on the state of the economy.
“let me explain economic momentum for you. it’s like normal momentum, but cheaper, more economical.”
“the only way the Northern Territory can boost it’s economy is by boosting it’s population. That’s right Territorians, it’s time to root, root, root for your economy! Obviously that won’t work for NSW because our economy’s already.. rooted..”
watching the Bolt report and Meet the Press. Hosted by two of the most objectionable people in the Australian media. currently discussing the carbon tax, and pretending they know more than climate scientists.
Nooooooooooooooo, Australian politics is slowly disintegrating….
… if having Tony Abbott as potential PM wasn’t bad enough…
seriously, if that happens, I’m getting in a little tin boat, leaving Australia and becoming a ‘boat person’, to be a problem for another country’s immigration officials.
watching the queensland election news like a political junkie…
as if they will have already counted the votes at quarter to 10 in the morning…
but I’m secretly hoping for some footage of Bob Katter being crazy…
not all family members, but select few.
i sometimes catch them saying racist, homophobic, sexist, and other things. and when i’m like ‘um excuse me?’ they’re like ‘what? i’m not racist/homphobic/sexist/whateverthefuckelse’
comeon. why do i have to listen and apparently be okay with it just because i’m unfortunately related to you?
I’m not going to let you abuse Japanese people in general everytime you see a newstory about the whaling issues the Aus govt are dealing with.
I’m not going to let you pass judgement on why you think a conscience vote shouldn’t be allowed when passing the gay marriage bills.
I could go on but I may kick something.
just fucking join Tony Abbott’s team and be done with it.
MAGDA Szubanski is making an impassioned Valentine’s Day plea for gay marriage to be legalised as she reveals her own sexuality.
The comic actor has dramatically thrown her celebrity behind the fight for marriage equality.Read moreyay!!!!! You go girl!