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.

Iraq: troops stay, media kept out

Obama’s doing it. So’s Abbott. Repackaging their PR as “news” to avoid media scrutiny.

Weekly column for The Hoopla.

Abbott has six months to get it right

Drum_newIt’s too early to tell whether Abbott will make it through 2015 as Prime Minister but there are three – maybe four – upcoming tests of his survival.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Will 2015 see the rise or fall of crossbenchers?

Whether one chooses to call the current state of play democracy or its warped and shadowy cousin, something in Australian politics will have to give in 2015: either the Government’s hardline approach to economic reform, Labor and the Greens’ equally uncompromising style, or the crossbenchers’ hold on the balance of power. 

Weekly column for The Drum.

Julie Bishop for PM? Unlikely

Nobody can fault her performance, but Julie Bishop’s ascension to prime minister is easier said than done.

Post for The New Daily.

Our second “woman of merit”

In a world of cookie-cutter politicians with little real life experience before entering parliament, new Health Minister Sussan Ley stands apart from the rest.

Column for The Hoopla.

Ministry reshuffle built on paranoia not progress

Abbott’s reshuffle may superficially appear to be a reset in preparation for 2015, but in reality it is more about the PM’s paranoia and tenuous leadership than it is about his Government’s rejuvenation.

Weekly column for The Drum.

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