Paul Keating doesn’t deserve our adoration any more than John Howard or Julia Gillard. He wasn’t a matinee idol or rock god but a national leader with razor sharp mind, an acerbic tongue and a mixed record of achievements.
This post is in part a response to Ed Butler’s thoughtful piece on #knittinggate over at AusVotes 2013, and in part a more coherent (I hope) explanation of my rant today on Twitter about That Photo. It also echoes a comment I left on Amy Gray’s related (and incidentally fabulous) post over on Guardian Australia’s […]
Setting aside the political wisdom or otherwise of establishing a ‘Women for Gillard’ campaign modelled on a US Presidential campaign strategy, today’s mishandling of the pre-launch story by Labor is yet another example of the party just not getting the basics of effective communication. More often than not, communication roles in politicians’ offices and party headquarters […]
How can anyone take a benign interpretation from Kevin Rudd’s interview on 730 last night? If Rudd’s genuine intention was to extinguish the smoking embers of his supporters’ expectations, why insist on grandstanding for half the interview on matters relating to China and the US? What on earth does the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister’s views on Sino-American […]
Guardian Australia’s political editor Lenore Taylor wrote that we’re heading to a post-truth election. This might have come as a surprise to the many political observers who consider truth to be a quaint artefact from a golden age of politics that may not have actually existed. Truth, or its absence, has not been a deciding factor […]
Here’s my latest for ABC’s The Drum, following on from last night’s Lateline feature which examined the influence of image on our voting choices. If you’re stout of heart, you might like to contribute to the comments!
Here’s my latest post for the AusVotes 2013 federal election blog… The most significant thing that emerged from the mea culpas and post mortems that littered the coup-that-wasn’t battlefield was the notion that journalists are willing to be made patsys. What other explanation can there be for the role the media played in the Rudd camp’s most […]
Following my post on the leadership spill that might or might not be on, readers have been requesting that I write a piece to explain what actually transpired with the leadership spill that almost was. And so I have! You can find the post over at AusVotes 2013.
That’s the problem with leadership challenges: they’re not on until they’re on. The twice-spurned-but-hopes-to-be-vindicated-Prime Minister-in-waiting, Kevin Rudd, won’t declare his hand until he has the numbers. And right now it appears that he does not have them. That’s the reason for the flurries of speculation we’re seeing in the media. Rudd supporters are using every […]
Here’s my latest piece for the King’s Tribune… Whether we like it or not, 2013 is going to be the year of the broken promise. While it’s hard to believe there remains even one voter not yet reached by Tony Abbott’s campaign to brand Julia Gillard a venal oath-breaker, there still remain enough politically disengaged […]