Given today’s opinion polls will be used to recast a negative light on the PM and the Treasurer, it would be fair to conclude their power base remains fractured and in danger of being shattered. Weekly column for The Drum.
Labor party renewal is still being stymied by factional cronyism, with men being put into safer seats and higher on senate tickets rather than equally qualified or sometimes even more talented women. Weekly column for The Drum.
It’s more likely voters elected Mike Baird because they trust him to do the right thing for the state. Considered from this perspective, the result is not particularly good news for the Prime Minister. Weekly column for The Drum.
Federal politics has gone all topsy-turvy and I’m having trouble hanging on. It’s an upside-down-world where night is day, black is white, and cats bark at cars driving people. At least that’s how it seems, with the Prime Minister and his government insisting that things are the opposite of reality.
If Mike Baird’s Coalition manages to prevail in the NSW election this weekend then Tony Abbott will have passed a leadership hurdle. But then the much more daunting task of the federal budget looms. Weekly column for The Drum.
Malcolm Fraser is a divisive figure, but there is one thing most would agree with – his own party took a sharp right turn after his time as PM and hasn’t looked back. Article for The New Daily.
Contrary to popular opinion, Malcolm Fraser’s politics never changed – he was a lefty on social issues and staunchly right-wing on economic matters, in the 70s as in recent years. It says a lot about politics today that we can’t get our heads around this. Column for The Drum.
Malcolm Turnbull has been eking out his leadership manifesto recently, and much of his efforts seem aimed at boosting his conservative credentials while not scaring off his progressive support base. Weekly column for The Drum.
For the good of the nation, let’s hope the departure of Glenn Lazarus from the Palmer United Party brings an ignominious close to the Age of Clive. Article for The Drum.
Another day, another opinion poll, another round of speculation as to what the tea leaves really mean. Today’s Newspoll will be studied closely, as usual, by political observers hoping to get a handle on what voters think of the shenanigans in Canberra. And what that might mean for the future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.