What Hockey learnt from Gillard. Pre-budget post for The Hoopla.

This is a budget for the true (Coalition) believers. Weekly column for The Drum.

My very first weekly column for ABC’s The Drum.

More than one message in SPC decision. Latest post for ABC’s The Drum.

Voters’ ability to express their displeasure through seemingly perpetual opinion polls has created an entire generation of risk-averse, poll-driven politicians. But who is actually to blame for this populist approach to public policy and the tenure of political leaders? As Katharine Murphy observed earlier this week: We elect governments as an investment in [the] long […]

I’m not a psephologist, so I’m quite prepared for this to be blown apart by Mumble or Poll Bludger. But I’m being driven crazy by the political ignorance displayed by those gnashing their teeth over the recent ratcheting-up of the ALP’s stance against the Greens. In short, the ingénues are saying “why fight with each […]

There’s a group of Australians that I’m beginning to think of as the lost tribe. They’re average people in most ways. They earn average incomes and have vanilla tastes. They worry about servicing their mortgages, getting their kids through school, and funding their retirement. They do their bit for the environment by getting a smaller […]

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have said much about the floods in the past week. Both were pilloried and praised for their words, depending upon the critics’ points of view. Gillard has variously been described as patronising, prime ministerial, prudent, or ruthless and a risk-taker. Abbott has been even more polarising, having earlier inflamed some […]

I have sympathy for people wanting more substance from the Australian media this federal election. Truly, I do. As I’ve previously explained, some of the political media’s obsession with election frippery is due to them rebelling against being tightly managed during the campaign. However, I’ve noticed an assertion creeping into some commentary that the media […]

John Howard was pilloried during his time as Prime Minister for saying he wanted the Australian people to be relaxed and comfortable. It was, said the commentariat, evidence of Howard’s singular lack of vision, particularly when compared to his predecessor the vaudevillian Paul Keating. No doubt Howard saw himself more in the mold of political […]