Forces massing against Abbott and Credlin

Powerful players both inside and outside the government are gunning for the PM’s top adviser. But have they got the wrong person in their sights?

Article for The New Daily.

Abbott: bad as Gillard, mad as Rudd?

Does Tony Abbott combine Gillard’s bad political judgement with Rudd’s madness?

Weekly article for The Hoopla.

Abbott navigates his crucial “year of reform”

Drum_newTony Abbott would be crazy-brave and bordering on foolish to take proposals to expand the GST and change workplace relations laws to the next election.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Voters forgive leadership change, but not disunity

Drum_newDespite Tony Abbott’s protestations to the contrary, there is no golden rule in Australian politics damning a governing party that changes leaders mid-stream to eternal political opprobrium.

Column for The Drum.

Why Nick Xenophon is the most powerful man in Australia

Nick Xenophon has emerged as the go-to man for striking a deal with the Senate crossbench.

Article for The New Daily.

A three-point plan to get Abbott back on track

Running a government isn’t meant to be easy. It necessarily involves protecting and maintaining the well-being of millions while responsibly managing a budget of billions. And like some prime ministers before him, Abbott has been judged by voters as not having done a particularly sterling job in the first year of running his.

Like those predecessors, Abbott still has time to turn things around. But it will take him tapping into qualities that we have not yet seen present in the man.

Article for The New Daily.

Pollies feeling the heat in Queensland

The Queensland election offers the spectacle of a conservative government headed by a deeply unpopular leader facing off with a still-shellshocked Labor headed by an almost invisible opposition leader.  It makes perfect sense to view these proceedings as a possible forbearer of the federal election to come.

Weekly article for The Hoopla.

Abbott follows the Howard blueprint on GST

Drum_newIt appears Tony Abbott will try to expand the GST by replicating the campaign blueprint used by John Howard to introduce the tax in the first place. But what worked then might not work now.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Why the PM’s overseas mission was a PR failure

Abbott’s deliberate or accidental shunning of South Australia for Iraq at a time of heightened community anxiety has exacerbated his credibility problem.

Article for The New Daily.

Queensland election – enrol now (by Sat 10 Jan 2015)

855405-120316-lobbeckeApparently there’s a bit of confusion about enrolling to vote in the Queensland state election that will be held on 31 January 2015.

So here’s a few tips.

  1. If you live in Queensland and want to vote in the election, you can get on to the electoral roll right up until the night before the election, but if you want your name to appear on the printed electoral roll you need to register by 5pm this Saturday, 10 January 2015.
  2. If you’re not sure that you’re on the electoral roll, you can check here.
  3. If you’ve moved to a different address since the last Queensland election, you can update your address details here.
  4. If you want to enrol, you can do so here, but keep in mind that you will need to confirm your identity using your driver’s licence or Australian passport number or have someone who is enrolled confirm your identity.
  5. If you’re 17 at the moment but will be 18 on or before election day (31 January 2015), you can also enrol now.
  6. If you have other questions about enrolling to vote in the Queensland election on 31 January 2015, you may find the answer here. Otherwise, you can ask the Australian Electoral Commission using this contact page.
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