Bullock and the ghosts of turncoats past. Weekly column for The Drum.

Shorten must break the union stranglehold. Weekly column for The Drum.

Shorten spooks the Conservatives. 2nd post of the week at The Hoopla!

ALP: Take a good look in the mirror. Latest post for The Hoopla.

Manus Island riot: a plague on both your houses. Weekly column for ABC’s The Drum.

Bill who? Regular post for The Hoopla.

Patchy politics and diplo-schemozzle. Regular post for The Hoopla.

Once the election was over, and Rudd despatched, it became quickly clear that the reforms could not quietly be reversed by Caucus. Labor MPs were left holding the Democracy Baby, and decided to make the best of it.

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.

Kym Smith, Aust 16 Sep 2013

Like so many of Kevin Rudd’s other hare-brained initiatives, this one must have been a good idea at the time.