The political week in review: All we saw was vote-buying with money the Government doesn’t have. For The New Daily.
The Coalition has caught the Opposition flat-footed by revealing “Labor-lite” budget measures that could wedge them. But trying to crowd Labor out of the budget debate is a risky move. Weekly column for The Drum.
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 […]
Labor misreads the politics of ebola. Weekly column for The Drum.
Shorten’s timely transition from ‘no’ to ‘me too’. Weekly column for The Drum.
Aside from its alarming treatment of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, one of the other disconcerting things about the first Abbott Government Budget is the counterintuitive behaviour it’s provoked from the major players. Not only the Coalition government itself, but the Labor opposition and the Greens are behaving in ways that are counter to what voters would normally expect of them. This is making it more difficult to work out who exactly is on the side of the angels, and could further entrench the unease that voters are currently feeling about the Budget and politics more broadly. These behavioural contradictions are disturbingly numerous, and seemingly without logic. For example, anyone with a half a brain would have thought the Government would avoid any perceived or real broken promises after Tony Abbott brutally reframed oath-breaking as a sign of political incompetence during his time as opposition leader. And yet we find Abbott in recent weeks audaciously denying that clearly breached promises have been flouted; claiming that a previously unknown hierarchy of commitments somehow forgives lesser oaths being sacrificed for major ones; and insisting that Budget decisions that are “consistent with our promises” will suffice.