The week in politics: Bill Shorten’s latest zingers, the ‘wait in the car’ mystery, and Christine Milne’s WTF moment. For The New Daily.
To many observers, it was merely a matter of time before Ms Milne acceded to the combined forces of internal pressure from her colleagues and external pressure from critics like those at the Australia Institute, and declared an end to her time as leader. Article for The New Daily.
The pact of secrecy that allows politicians to use journalists for political means, and rewards those journalists for being little more than a cipher, does not strengthen democracy – as Laurie Oakes suggests – but belittles it. Weekly column for The Drum.
Bali Nine executions, Anzac Day and marriage equality captured the attention of Australia’s politicians this week. For The New Daily.
The Greens like to differentiate themselves by describing the major parties as obsolescent, but their push for Senate voting changes show they too have become part of the mouldering establishment. Weekly column for The Drum.
‘Courageous’ policies and cringe-worthy moments. A look back at the moments served up by our politicians this week. For The New Daily.
While Bill Shorten has become famous for mangling his witty one-liners, we should be paying more attention to Tony Abbott’s more troubling off-hand statements. At Community on Buzzfeed.
Business leaders may like to feel all-powerful by pressuring the Government for reform, but if there isn’t public support or political capital to back it up then they’re just shouting into the wind. Weekly column for The Drum.
Politicians have been trying for years to get their message out to voters without it first being filtered by the media. Now they can bypass traditional media altogether by becoming independent producers of news. At Community on Buzzfeed.
A fun summary of the key things that happened in politics this week. For The New Daily.