John Singleton, “Is there an MP in the House?,”
Australian Playboy, July 1979, pp. 62-66.

I should have known what it was going to be like as soon as I lobbed in the joint.

It’s Wednesday night about 9.30 and it’s freezing cold and there aren’t any cabs (which is always the way in the nation’s capital), and when a cab finally does arrive after about 15 frigid minutes the cab driver won’t give me a lift because he wants to go to the other side of the town on the lake.

Not being one to be easily aroused ever again or any more, I smile and wait 20 minutes for the next cab, which takes me to Noah’s Lakeside, which is a terrific motel but also the wrong one as I am booked into some other Noah’s. Anyway, one thing leads to another and I eventually get to the right Noah’s, which looks very much like the accommodation spin-off of the Hole in the Wall.

I have a room on a corner where the lights shine all night and the blackout blinds don’t work, and there is a black and white TV in the corner and even the Amco Cup doesn’t come on until 11pm and then only the second half. You can imagine without a great deal of effort the intellect of anyone who would go out every three years and tell buckets of lies and kiss a million crying babies to get to live here permanently. It can’t be the place. It must be the thrills of Parliament you think, but wait.

First thing in the morning I order tea and get coffee, and I order a cab which doesn’t arrive and, forgetting the details, I make it to The Bulletin office to meet Australia’s leading authority on politics and one of the world’s leading authorities on chain smoking, one of Australia’s very, very few worthwhile legends, Alan Reid. And Alan orders me some tea which also arrives as coffee and briefs me in his office. Well, it’s not exactly an office. There is one room about the size of an average suburban lounge-room and in it are Peter Harvey and the Channel Nine crew and all their equipment, and the staff from the Women’s Weekly as well as 60 Minutes and The Bulletin. It is sort of like 20 people battling among one hundred years of accumulated files to find somewhere to sit. Anyway, Alan continues to brief me and the great moment arrives for revelation to come to me. The bell goes and Peter Harvey takes me up to the Press Gallery, which sits over the top of the bodies of the great minds which control the destiny of our nation and our lives.

Some guy walks in carrying a gold wand and then in comes who else but the mediocre man himself, Sir Billy Snedden, all done up in a wig and black university gown and even frilly lace bits sticking out of his cuffs. He looks pretty serious about the whole thing and he sits in this big wooden throne, and there are two guys trying to dress like him but not quite as flash who sit in front of him, and everyone who is anyone is there.

Looking down on the right you’ve got Malcolm Fraser and his gang. They all look very well groomed and healthy and very navy blue with pin stripes, and on the left are the challengers.

One the Labor side, Billy Hayden looks very much like a Liberal backbencher trying to make it in with Malcolm, and the rest look decidedly more human than the Liberals. Sort of a few more beers and a bit more knocking around and looking a whole lot more friendly and down to earth and all those sorts of things.

Anyway, the great day starts.

Sir Billy says a prayer real serious, just like at a funeral, and everyone stands up and looks real serious just like at a funeral which it finishes up being, but not as much fun, which we will quickly get to.

Anyway, after the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, not to mention the Queen, have all been paid their respects, it’s time for everyone to get up and say what a really top bloke the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Bhutto, is, or was, at least, until recently hanged by the neck until he is no longer available for comment.

Our Prime Minister reads his spontaneous thoughts off a sheet with very big type on it. Bill Hayden says it all again, but his notes are handwritten at least. Maybe he even thought it all up himself. And then Leslie Johnson, the famous Labor Member for Hughes, jumps up and says how proud he is that he has led a delegation to Pakistan and spent “almost an hour” with Mr Bhutto himself and in person (prior to the hanging), and that Mr Bhutto has reassured him personally about the faith he has in the future of Australia, which shows you what it must be like in Pakistan.

And then the irrepressible Liberal publicity machine from Tassie, Mr Michael Hodgman, gets up and says his Bhutto press release for the next morning’s Hobart Mercury and Launceston Examiner, and then famous Quiz Kid Barry Jones gets up and tells everyone how much he knows about these political associations, even down to a quote by someone famous whom I have naturally never heard of, and political commentator Mungo MacCallum is quick to mention that he has got the quote wrong in any event, about which I haven’t got a clue and which I can now add to the list.

Then, naturally, everyone stands, which probably doesn’t help Mr Bhutto all that much, and now it’s on with the absolute highlight of the day: Question Time, when people from both gangs stand up and our Speaker (which is really a funny title for referee), Sir Billy Snedden, seems to take it in turns for the Labor gang to ask embarrassing questions of the Liberal-CP gang. Then the Liberal guys ask themselves questions which have a knack of being available for answer at length and even in prepared form. Now, remember, this part of the day is only 45 minutes long and everyone had told me this is the bit, the highlight, and this is roughly how it goes this day: Malcolm gets asked if he has made a speech to the filthy multi-national mining companies and told them that if we tried to pretend that oil prices aren’t going up all over the world that we’re pretty stupid, and Malcolm lets it be known that this is pretty accurate.

Andrew Peacock is asked if it’s true that the Soviet Union is building up its fleet in the Indian Ocean, and Andrew says that it is correct and natural because there is a fair bit going on in the Indian Ocean, and then he quotes some figures about Yank boats, too, and he looks about the most unworried man in the world.

Then a curly one: Tony Street gets asked why Woolies have broken some guidelines and given the storemen and packers some extra brass.

And Tony Street says he will, or may, or something, get the Prices Justification Tribunal to report on whether this can have any effect or maybe set up an inquiry, and fascinating it really is.

Billy McMahon asks how come when he was Prime Minister, conciliation and arbitration were supposed to be separated, and who is screwing it up and why isn’t he Prime Minister or at least Treasurer again, anyway? And someone says he will look into it.

Labor’s Dr Richard Klugman gets up and heaps a whole lot of garbage cans over medical funds and finance companies, especially ones being run by directors likes the ones at ASL.

And the good referee, Sir Billy, says that he can’t ask that because everyone knows the directors he is referring to and that the question must be put on notice.

And Billy Hayden says, well, if that’s the case the other mob can never ask questions about unions because everyone knows who runs them, too, which seems like a bloody good point to me. And I fair dinkum saw it with my own eyes that Billy thinks it all up for himself, no prompting, no notes from anyone. Right off the cuff. Good on you, Billy Hayden.

In any event, Klugman asks exactly the same question with a few words missing and no one answers it. Which all goes to prove you can only sling dirt on notice, not without, which might make sense to someone, but certainly not to me.

It’s all pretty exciting, and the only time anyone gets happy at all is when someone brings up road tax, and Transport Minister Peter Nixon sticks it into the other gang about how Joh Bjelke-Petersen has shown how to handle the problem. We get rid of road tax. Even Malcolm, yes Malcolm Fraser, beams and looks around the room and facially sticks it to everyone from the other gang that his political mate Joh from up north has shown that Neville Wran hasn’t got a clue.

And how come Wran rushes through all this emergency legislation to take away licences and destroy the trucks of self-employed truckies when he hasn’t done a thing about all the strikes and chaos brought about by the unions?

Anyway, it appears that everyone is pretty pleased with themselves about Joh on the one side and decidedly displeased on the other. No one has asked any questions worth answering, and no one has given an answer worthy of a decent question. So our leader gets up and says words to the effect that that’s enough of all this nonsense. And so Question Time, the most compelling time in the House, is now over. I know I missed a few questions but I’ll put them in quietly just so you know exactly what you didn’t miss.

Lionel Bowen said you shouldn’t believe what you read in the papers, with which I had a mighty sympathy at the time. Hayden declared that petrol was going up and this meant petrol companies were making more money, and Wal Fife (why did the NSW Libs ever let him go?) boasted proudly about the number of PJT inquiries which, seeing Malcolm Fraser’s only promise when he first got in was to get rid of it totally, was all very fascinating.

But after Question Time and from here on in, to be frank, it gets even less mind-bending. For a start, every politician immediately leaves the joint and so does every journalist except me, who doesn’t know any better, and a young bird from one of those syndicated businesses who also sits there all day alternating, on the hour, with a young bloke — no doubt to save them from jumping over the railing; and not a bad jump it would be at that.

The Leader of the House, Ian Sinclair, says he wants to present a report on the thing both gangs agree on entirely — a new $151 million Parliament House (how anyone can set a budget — remember the Opera House — when the designs haven’t even been called for is a mystery that only someone who has no concern for money could ever hope even not to understand). He moves that the report get printed and the ayes have it, even though not one representative says aye and no one says no.

Larry Pickering New Parliament House

[ found this brilliant design for New Parliament House by Larry Pickering in The Australian, May 28, 1979, p. 6.]

Mr Sinclair also moves that the House have a break until May, and again the non-existent ayes have it. Personally, I was hoping that it would break immediately, but this was not to be. Because then the empty house empties even further as we move into a thing called a Grievance Debate.

On reflection, this is where the nonentities of Parliament can get up and speak for a maximum of 10 minutes (which also turns out to be a maximum of 10 minutes) on any subject that takes their fancy.

And they know that their voice is going to be broadcast live right across Australia to at least 100 people, including their mum and dad, and, even more importantly, members of their pre-selection team. It’s like allowing the drop kicks to let off steam without harming anyone.

Instead of getting stuck into their own Ministers they can act all grown-up, as if they really had a role to play in the parliament.

Remember, there is a State election on in Victoria so, naturally, a Labor Member gets up and says that the Victorian Government are a lot of crooks, and if the Corporate Affairs Commission looked into the way they worked they’d all be locked up. He says everyone knows you can’t get a contract in Victoria unless you kick the election fund tin, and how come they’ve got over a million left after the last election and how come all the directors of the ASL have been involved on their finance committees?

Predictably, some Liberal member gets up and says he has never heard such snide innuendo and that the Hamer Government is totally without sin, and then reads out about the schools and hospitals and unemployment and, you know, all the stuff. Which is fascinating for the nine ALP Members and six Lib/CP Members still in the House. And, obviously, all said to get reported in tomorrow’s Melbourne papers, which it doesn’t because someone from North Melbourne looks like missing two matches with a sore thumb.

Mercifully it is at last 12.45, and the hard-worked Members break until 2.30 for a well-earned lunch break. Peter Harvey and I lunch at The Lobby, which is a very popular restaurant for those who frequent Parliament House as it is the only restaurant within walking distance, which is just as well for The Lobby because it’s not your actual triple A for service or food.

Before the service even starts to stop, Peter Harvey is called back for a press conference where Peter Nixon tells the media what he is going to tell Parliament after lunch: no more emission controls, stuff all that pollution crap, we’re using too much petrol as it is. That’s the drift. Great, I think, at least there’ll be a good stink this afternoon.

Wrong. After lunch Lionel Bowen gets up and carries on with all the traditional stuff of A MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE which boils down to the fact that we still haven’t given Queensland back to the Aborigines. And now presenting: The Government Business. Phil Lynch starts by reading out a report on our great tourist industry. He tells us how everyone leaving Australia is going to sell the joint because we’ve got beaut brochures prepared, and he says it might or might not work but won’t cost that much, anyhow, and it’s really up to the State governments, if you want to know the truth. But just in case anyone ever does decide to visit here, we’re going to need better hotels and that, and what a great job the Select Committees have done.

Then Barry Cohen gets up from the other side and spends all his time agreeing with everything Lynch says, except that he adds a few words of wisdom of his own. Like, his mum and dad went around the world twice, and everyone thought how lucky they were now that everyone is going overseas, what with jet travel and everything. Boy, it’s an exciting time in tourist history. But he can’t go along with all this talk about penalty rates because he’s got a motel at Gosford or somewhere (because he doesn’t want to name him), and he’s actually seen his books and penalty rates are a drop in the bucket, and that’s what the boss of Travelodge said, too, which proves it conclusively once and for all.

No one brought up the fact that penalty rates don’t cost you anything if there aren’t any staff to pay them to, and in the end Barry Cohen says it’s good but not good enough and, just as a throwaway, explains to all and sundry that he doesn’t think the Gold Coast is really as beautiful as northern Queensland or even the NSW Central Coast, which happens to be his electorate. But the Gold Coast is “elegant”, which is at least the first thing I have learned so far.

Then Peter Nixon gets up and does his bit, but there is no blue because the only guy from the other side is someone I’m told is a Peter Morris by name, who is all on his own.

So when Nixon sits down Morris gets up and says that Nixon is selling out to filthy multi-national car companies, and if we really want to conserve petrol (this is fair dinkum what he said) we should get rid of power steering, automatic transmission and car air conditioning.

Well, this is all pretty thought-provoking stuff, and then it’s time for Kevin Newman, the Minister for National Development, to get up and tell us that never has a country developed so fast but, unfortunately, he reads a fair bit faster than our national development, so that I can’t hear a thing he says.

The only Labour Member asks if he can slow down, and the acting deputy assistant Speaker (because well before this all the grown-up Speakers have gone) agrees, and Newman then speaks slower for about two sentences before returning to his usual pace, which would leave a race caller for dead. Then the sole Labor Member calls for a quorum because, by now, there is only him on his side and a further four or five on the other side.

So the bells ring, and in about 10 minutes the House has got some people in it and they continue the conversations they’ve been having outside inside, and Newman starts reading faster than ever before so the Speaker asks everyone to shut up so they all leave again, and Newman finishes his speech. Labor’s Paul Keating says he has never heard such nonsense, and then the Prime Minister lets it be known that everyone should be happy that Western Australia is 150 years old, and it is time for the Members to take another well-earned break.

I now adjourn with Mungo MacCallum to the Non-Members’ Bar which is, amazingly, a bar for Non-Members, and I then have a long series of discussions in the off-the-record department with the journos who cover Canberra day in and day out, and then let it be known to me what has already become obvious — that Parliament is really now a toy played with by politicians for their own publicity purposes.

A place to bring up scandal without fear or fact or any action possible.

A place to embarrass and defile.

A place you have to go to get the money and other bills passed which are already decided and debated in another place.

An anachronism which isn’t even amusing or charming or treated with respect by its members.

And when I returned briefly to take a look at the evening performance, where an empty House saw more Bills read and adjourned, I thought of all the hundreds of school children who had been led in in groups, one after the other, that day to sit there bored and horrified by what was not going on, and I hoped that some of them might realise that there has to be a better way, so that when their time comes to have a say they will remember that edifying day.

The day when they saw something from the dim, dark, distant past clog and clutter the present, and a future that Parliament just isn’t structured to comprehend, but only to stifle and obstruct.

And, off the record, later when I spoke to the journos and the Members from both sides of the House I realised that almost everyone agrees but really couldn’t care less because the hours are good, the perks are great, the money isn’t bad and the power is irresistible.

I understand that Ministers can’t sit through the House every day or even more than a tiny part of it because they wouldn’t have time to do any work, prepare any Bills or discuss anything in any way intelligent. I understand all that, but if that is the case I cannot understand the charade.

But at least I can understand why, after 10 years in Canberra, Mungo is mangoes.

This has been John Singleton reporting from Parliament House, Canberra, 1901. Except that it’s 1979.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Governments Consume Wealth — They Don't Create It
  2. Singo and Howard Propose Privatising Bondi Beach
  3. Singo and Howard Speak Out Against the Crackpot Realism of the CIS and IPA
  4. Singo and Howard on Compromise
  5. Singo and Howard on Monopolies
  6. Singo and Howard Support Sydney Harbour Bridge Restructure
  7. Singo and Howard on Striking at the Root, and the Failure of Howard, the CIS and the IPA
  8. Singo and Howard Explain Why Australia is Not a Capitalist Country
  9. Singo and Howard Call Democracy Tyrannical
  10. Singo and Howard on Drugs!
  11. Simpleton sells his poll philosophy
  12. Singo and Howard Decry Australia Day
  13. Singo and Howard Endorse the Workers Party
  14. Singo and Howard Oppose the Liberal Party
  15. Singo and Howard Admit that Liberals Advocate and Commit Crime
  16. Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
  17. John Whiting's Inaugural Workers Party Presidential Address
  18. John Singleton and Bob Howard 1975 Monday Conference TV Interview on the Workers Party
  19. Singo and Howard on Aborigines
  20. Singo and Howard on Conservatism
  21. Singo and Howard on the Labor Party
  22. Singo, Howard and Hancock Want to Secede
  23. John Singleton changes his name
  24. Lang Hancock's Foreword to Rip Van Australia
  25. New party will not tolerate bludgers: Radical party against welfare state
  26. Singo and Howard introduce Rip Van Australia
  27. Singo and Howard on Knee-Jerks
  28. Singo and Howard on Tax Hunts (Lobbying)
  29. Singo and Howard on Rights
  30. Singo and Howard on Crime
  31. Singo and Howard on Justice
  32. Singo and Howard on Unemployment
  33. John Singleton on 1972 cigarette legislation
  34. Singo and Howard: Gambling Should Neither Be Illegal Nor Taxed
  35. Holed up, hold-up and holdout
  36. The libertarian alternative vs the socialist status quo
  37. Workers Party Platform
  38. Singo and Howard Join Forces to Dismantle Welfare State
  39. Singo and Howard on Business
  40. Singo and Howard on Discrimination
  41. Singo and Howard on the Greens
  42. Singo and Howard on Xenophobia
  43. Singo and Howard on Murdoch, Packer and Monopolistic Media
  44. Singo and Howard Explain that Pure Capitalism Solves Pollution
  45. Singo and Howard Defend Miners Against Government
  46. Singo and Howard on Bureaucracy
  47. Singo and Howard on Corporate Capitalism
  48. The last words of Charles Russell
  49. Ted Noffs' Preface to Rip Van Australia
  50. Right-wing anarchists revamping libertarian ideology
  51. Giving a chukka to the Workers Party
  52. Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
  53. "A beautiful time to be starting a new party": Rand fans believe in every man for himself
  54. Introducing the new Workers' Party
  55. Paul Rackemann 1980 Progress Party Election Speech
  56. Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
  57. Voices of frustration
  58. Policies of Workers Party
  59. Party Promises to Abolish Tax
  60. AAA Tow Truck Co.
  61. Singo and Howard on Context
  62. Singo and Howard Blame Roosevelt for Pearl Harbour
  63. Singo and Howard on Apathy
  64. Workers Party is "not just a funny flash in the pan"
  65. Singo and Howard on Decency
  66. John Singleton in 1971 on the 2010 Federal Election
  67. Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Pty. Ltd. Advertising Agents
  68. Viv Forbes Wins 1986 Adam Smith Award
  69. The writing of the Workers Party platform and the differences between the 1975 Australian and American libertarian movements
  70. Who's Who in the Workers Party
  71. Bob Howard interviewed by Merilyn Giesekam on the Workers Party
  72. A Farewell to Armchair Critics
  73. Sukrit Sabhlok interviews Mark Tier
  74. David Russell Leads 1975 Workers Party Queensland Senate Team
  75. David Russell Workers Party Policy Speech on Brisbane TV
  76. Bludgers need not apply
  77. New party formed "to slash controls"
  78. The Workers Party
  79. Malcolm Turnbull says "the Workers party is a force to be reckoned with"
  80. The great consumer protection trick
  81. The "Workers" speak out
  82. How the whores pretend to be nuns
  83. The Workers Party is a Political Party
  84. Shit State Subsidised Socialist Schooling Should Cease Says Singo
  85. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  86. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  87. Singo and Howard on Freedom from Government and Other Criminals
  88. Singo and Howard on Young People
  89. Singo and Howard Expose how Government Healthcare Controls Legislate Doctors into Slavery
  90. Singo and Howard Engage with Homosexuality
  91. Singo and Howard Demand Repeal of Libel and Slander Laws
  92. Singo and Howard on Consumer Protection
  93. Singo and Howard on Consistency
  94. Workers Party is born as foe of government
  95. Political branch formed
  96. Government seen by new party as evil
  97. Singo and Howard on Non-Interference
  98. Singo and Howard on Women's Lib
  99. Singo and Howard on Licences
  100. Singo and Howard on Gun Control
  101. Singo and Howard on Human Nature
  102. Singo and Howard on Voting
  103. Singo and Howard on
    Inherited Wealth
  104. Singo and Howard on Education
  105. Singo and Howard on Qualifications
  106. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  107. Singo and Howard Hate Politicians
  108. Undeserved handouts make Australia the lucky country
  109. A happy story about Aborigines
  110. John Singleton on Political Advertising
  111. Richard Hall, Mike Stanton and Judith James on the Workers Party
  112. Singo Incites Civil Disobedience
  113. How John Singleton Would Make Tony Abbott Prime Minister
  114. The Discipline of Necessity
  115. John Singleton on the first election the Workers Party contested
  116. Libertarians: Radicals on the right
  117. The Bulletin on Maxwell Newton as Workers Party national spokesman on economics and politics
  118. Singo and Howard: Australia Should Pull Out of the Olympics
  119. Singo and Howard Like Foreign Investment
  120. Mark Tier corrects Nation Review on the Workers Party
  121. The impossible dream
  122. Why can't I get away with it?
  123. The bold and boring Lib/Lab shuffle
  124. Time for progress
  125. The loonie right implodes
  126. Max Newton: Maverick in Exile
  127. John Singleton on refusing to do business with criminals and economic illiterates
  128. Censorship should be banned
  129. "Listen, mate, a socialist is a bum"
  130. John Singleton on Advertising
  131. John Singleton on why he did the Hawke re-election campaign
  132. Sinclair Hill calls for dropping a neutron bomb on Canberra
  133. Bob Howard in Reason 1974-77
  134. John Singleton defends ockerism
  135. Singo and Howard talk Civil Disobedience
  136. The Census Con
  137. Singo and Howard Oppose Australian Participation in the Vietnam War
  138. Did John Singleton oppose the mining industry and privatising healthcare in 1990?
  139. Bob Carr in 1981 on John Singleton's political bent
  140. John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
  141. John Singleton on elections: "a Massive One-Day Sale!"
  142. John Hyde's Progress Party praise
  143. King Leonard of Hutt River Declares Defensive Just War Against Australia the Aggressor
  144. Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
  145. Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
  146. John Singleton bites into Sinclair Hill's beef
  147. Save Parramatta Road
  148. 1979 news item on new TV show John Singleton With a Lot of Help From His Friends
  149. Smoking, Health and Freedom
  150. Singo and Howard on Unions
  151. Singo and Howard Smash the State
  152. Singo and Howard on the big issue of Daylight Saving
  153. Come back Bob - It was all in fun!
  154. A few "chukkas" in the Senate for polo ace?
  155. Country Rejuvenation - Towards a Better Future
  156. Singo and Howard on Profits, Super Profits and Natural Disasters
  157. John Singleton's 1977 pitch that he be on a committee of one to run the Sydney 1988 Olympics for profit
  158. Thoughts on Land Ownership
  159. 1975 Max Newton-Ash Long interview on the Workers Party
  160. The Electoral Act should allow voters to choose "none of the above"
  161. The great Labor Party platform: first or last, everybody wins a prize
  162. The politics of marketing - laugh now, pay later
  163. Singo and Howard call Australia fascist and worse
  164. The mouse will roar
  165. Viv Forbes and Jim Fryar vs Malcolm Fraser in 1979
  166. Quip, Quote, Rant and Rave: four of Viv Forbes' letters to the editor in The Australian in 1979
  167. Australia's First Official Political Party Poet Laureate: The Progress Party's Ken Hood in 1979
  168. Hancock's playing very hard to get
  169. Harry M. Miller and The Australian disgrace themselves
  170. Ocker ad genius takes punt on art
  171. John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
  172. John Singleton mocks university students on civil liberties and freedom of choice in 1971
  173. Murray Rothbard championed on Australian television in 1974 (pre-Workers Party!) by Maureen Nathan
  174. John Singleton profile in 1977 Australian MEN Vogue
  175. I think that I shall never see a telegraph pole as lovely as a tree
  176. Ralph Nader vs John Singleton on Consumer Protection
  177. John Singleton's first two "Think" columns in Newspaper News, 1969
  178. Singo and Howard on Ballet
  179. Product innovation comes first
  180. Protect who from a 'mindless' wife?
  181. A party is born
  182. Tiny Workers' Party gives us a hint
  183. John Singleton on the ad industry, consumerism and innovation
  184. Workers Party Economic Policy Statement, December 1975
  185. Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
  186. John Singleton and Howard on Government Largesse
  187. Counterculture must exclude government handouts
  188. John Singleton's 1974 Federal Liberal Election Campaign Ads
  189. John Singleton believes in the Workers Party
  190. Write-up of John Singleton's 1978 speech to the Australian Liberal Students Association
  191. Singo in 1987: "Joh doesn't go far enough ... I want absolute deregulation of the economy"
  192. Maxwell Newton chapter of Clyde Packer's No Return Ticket (1984)
  193. Singo and Howard on Totalitarian Socialism and Voluntary Socialism
  194. Rip Van Australia on Ripoff Vandals Taxing Australia
  195. Singo and Howard beg for tolerance
  196. John Singleton's 1985 advertising comeback
  197. Singo and Howard Demand End to Public Transport
  198. John Singleton and Howard on Fred Nile, Festival of Light, FamilyVoice Australia and the Christian Lobby
  199. Capitalism: Survival of the Fittest
  200. Return Australia Post to Sender
  201. Singo and Howard on Public Utilities
  202. John Singleton and Howard say monarchy should be funded by monarchists alone
  203. John Singleton on cigarette advertising
  204. Singo in 1972 on newspapers' demise
  205. John Singleton farewells Bryce Courtenay
  206. John Singleton on Australian political advertising in 1972
  207. Gortlam rides again
  208. Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
  209. John Singleton on trading stamps, idiot housewives and government
  210. 1975 John Singleton-Sir Robert Askin Quadrant Interview
  211. Singo asks two prickly questions
  213. Why John Singleton can't keep a straight face
  214. Why John Singleton Defends Smokers Rights
  215. Tony Dear on Paul Krutulis, the Workers Party and murder
  216. An Ode to Busybodies
  217. Progress Party and Workers Party lead The Australian
  218. How many tits in a tangle?
  219. Viv Forbes in 1978 on loss-making government, the Berlin Wall and misdirected blasts of hot-air
  220. John Singleton wants the Post Office sold and anti-discrimination legislation scrapped
  221. A speech from the Titanic
  222. A crime must have a victim
  223. John Singleton vs Australia Post
  224. Minimum wages the killer
  225. Has Fraser got his priorities all wrong?
  226. John Singleton says "the royal family should be flogged off to the U.S."
  227. John Singleton vs Don Chipp and the Australian Democrats
  228. John Singleton vs Don Lane
  229. John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
  230. John Singleton's 1986 reflection on the Workers Party
  231. Bob Howard in 1978 on libertarianism in Australia
  232. John Singleton on the stupidity of anti-discrimination laws
  233. Thou shalt know the facts ... before thou shoot off thou mouth
  234. Charity: An Aesop Fable
  235. Bob Howard announces the Workers Party in freeEnterprise
  236. New improved moon
  237. Announcing people ... YES, people!
  238. Creativity in advertising must be pointed dead on target
  239. John Singleton on barriers to, and opportunities for, effective communication
  240. Wayne Garland on John Singleton on Advertising
  241. John Singleton schools ad course
  242. John Singleton: advertising awards
  243. Mr Singleton Goes to Canberra for Australian Playboy
  244. John Singleton on his TV career for Australian Playboy
  245. John Singleton sacked for telling the truth about Medicare
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