The prime minister’s presence at the bushfires is causing a security headache, taking him away from his work and looking increasingly self-indulgent.
Once there were moderates. A post for SBS News.
It would appear Bandt’s intention was to transform community concern about the fire into opprobrium for Abbott over his scrapping of the carbon price. Unfortunately for Bandt, by reducing the issue – yet again – to a political level he will do nothing to sway those who are politically aligned to Abbott.
Until the declaration of the Labor leadership ballot result on Sunday afternoon, the shiny-eyed idealism generated by the process was a delight to behold. It was something I hadn’t seen since my teens when I was involved in the youth wing of a political party. Democracy, apparently, was what it was all about. But you […]
While Labor is using its shiny new leadership process to distract members from election loss disappointment and take the heat out of ensuing acts of retribution, the Greens appear to be floundering in response to a poor election performance that was a surprise to no-one but themselves.
A post for AusOpinion.
Instead of indulging in empty theatrics to bolster its own membership books, the opposition should be exploiting the government’s weaknesses in strategy and judgement right now.
Like so many of Kevin Rudd’s other hare-brained initiatives, this one must have been a good idea at the time.
Here’s the last of my 2013 election campaign weekly columns for ABC’s The Drum. In it I ponder whether the new Labor Opposition could change the tone of our national political discourse by being less negative than the Coalition Opposition was.
Like a criminal in the dock: there’s no other way to describe how Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey appeared at his press conference today, delivering the Coalition’s long-awaited policy costings. The man most likely to be in charge of the country’s finances next week showed all the telltale signs of a guilty party: sweating profusely, covering […]