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.
Like so many of Kevin Rudd’s other hare-brained initiatives, this one must have been a good idea at the time.
Once Labor gathers together the detritus of its parliamentary wing following the federal election and selects a new leader, it will need to decide what kind of Federal Opposition it is going to be.
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 […]
I’ve written before that Twitter has become an unexpected school of politics, providing a unique forum for people with less knowledge of our civic processes to learn from those with more. When those discussions are taking place, Twitter is vibrant and all-embracing democracy at its best. Well, Wednesday night was NOT one of those times. […]