Gotcha journalism is, in large part, responsible for politicians not being allowed to utter a single unscripted word.
Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the festival of bad behaviour brought to us by Jamie Briggs and his supporters is that the victim blaming and political opportunism is not likely to be over any time soon. Weekly column for The Drum.
No woman, regardless of her views, words or behaviour should be subject to criticism or abuse based on her gender. Not even rampaging Tory women.
The Political Weekly: Peta Credlin takes the Miley Cyrus approach, Scott Morrison’s new three-word slogan and Turnbull’s warning to Leigh Sales.
Ministerial paranoia, the Canning by-election and fear of a snap double-dissolution are all fuelling renewed leadership speculation. Depending on who you believe, Tony Abbott’s time might be up.
The Political Weekly: Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.
The pact of secrecy that allows politicians to use journalists for political means, and rewards those journalists for being little more than a cipher, does not strengthen democracy – as Laurie Oakes suggests – but belittles it.