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.

Four seasons: the year in federal politics

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 6.06.06 pmRevisit the political year that kept the climate of our national parliament intemperate, even while the seasons changed outside.

Feature for The Brief.

MYEFO: why we should care

Having fulfilled its obligation to produce the MYEFO, and reached a shared understanding with economic and other commentators about the state of the budget, the Government must now set about the task of crafting its second budget.

Weekly column for The Hoopla.

Why the Prime Minister’s Peta Problem is not going away

She may be Abbott’s fiercest ally but is Peta Credlin doing him more harm than good?

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Abbott’s defence of Credlin a career-limiting move?

Tony Abbott’s defence of Peta Credlin against what he says are sexist attacks from his own MPs shows a breathtaking lack of self-reflection.

Post for The Drum.

Tribute to a Labor warrior

Whether it has been solving the mystery of the missing parliament house cafeteria pool tables in Senate Estimates, giving the Coalition grief in Parliament, or working tirelessly to rid his own party of the scourge of corruption, Faulkner has earned the respect of many political operators and observers.

Post for The Hoopla.

Please. Not childcare too.

Through hubris and a seeming inability to get the politics right on pretty much anything, Abbott has managed to destroy any chance of his PPL policy ever seeing the light of day. Even more concerning is that the PM’s poor political instincts may also hinder the development of future childcare policy.

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