Voters forgive leadership change, but not disunity

Drum_newDespite Tony Abbott’s protestations to the contrary, there is no golden rule in Australian politics damning a governing party that changes leaders mid-stream to eternal political opprobrium.

Column for The Drum.

A three-point plan to get Abbott back on track

Running a government isn’t meant to be easy. It necessarily involves protecting and maintaining the well-being of millions while responsibly managing a budget of billions. And like some prime ministers before him, Abbott has been judged by voters as not having done a particularly sterling job in the first year of running his.

Like those predecessors, Abbott still has time to turn things around. But it will take him tapping into qualities that we have not yet seen present in the man.

Article for The New Daily.

Pollies feeling the heat in Queensland

The Queensland election offers the spectacle of a conservative government headed by a deeply unpopular leader facing off with a still-shellshocked Labor headed by an almost invisible opposition leader.  It makes perfect sense to view these proceedings as a possible forbearer of the federal election to come.

Weekly article for The Hoopla.

Why the PM’s overseas mission was a PR failure

Abbott’s deliberate or accidental shunning of South Australia for Iraq at a time of heightened community anxiety has exacerbated his credibility problem.

Article for The New Daily.

Iraq: troops stay, media kept out

Obama’s doing it. So’s Abbott. Repackaging their PR as “news” to avoid media scrutiny.

Weekly column for The Hoopla.

Abbott has six months to get it right

Drum_newIt’s too early to tell whether Abbott will make it through 2015 as Prime Minister but there are three – maybe four – upcoming tests of his survival.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Ministry reshuffle built on paranoia not progress

Abbott’s reshuffle may superficially appear to be a reset in preparation for 2015, but in reality it is more about the PM’s paranoia and tenuous leadership than it is about his Government’s rejuvenation.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Why the Prime Minister’s Peta Problem is not going away

She may be Abbott’s fiercest ally but is Peta Credlin doing him more harm than good?

Post for The New Daily.

Abbott’s defence of Credlin a career-limiting move?

Tony Abbott’s defence of Peta Credlin against what he says are sexist attacks from his own MPs shows a breathtaking lack of self-reflection.

Post for The Drum.

Please. Not childcare too.

Through hubris and a seeming inability to get the politics right on pretty much anything, Abbott has managed to destroy any chance of his PPL policy ever seeing the light of day. Even more concerning is that the PM’s poor political instincts may also hinder the development of future childcare policy.

Post for The Hoopla.

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