Drum 2 May

In matching or co-opting some of Labor’s initiatives in the budget, the Government will hope to neutralise the Opposition’s attack and clear the battlefield of all but the key points of differentiation before the election.

The Government is playing small target politics while the Opposition is putting its policies on show, and a double-dissolution election is suddenly looking just that little bit more plausible. Weekly column for The Drum.

Drum 1 Feb 2016

The first stanza of this election year will be characterised by political parties trialling election strategies to see which have traction with voters and which are a waste of precious campaign funds.


The Political Weekly: There were few winners in politics this week, but the Treasurer was definitely one of them.


The Political Weekly: Overnight sensations, sloppy rhetoric and a spectacular own goal. Analysis of the week in politics.


The Political Weekly: All we saw was vote-buying with money the Government doesn’t have.

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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.

If Mark Scott is able to maintain the ABC’s support through its digital presence over the next two years, while successfully laying blame for the closure of regional offices and rural programs at the Coalition’s feet, pro-ABC policies could be a deciding factor in the election, particularly among Australia’s highly contested rural electorates. Weekly column for The […]

Slick media strategies and strong narratives are of no help to a flailing government if its political decisions are flawed and its policies untenable.

When it comes to exploitation of the terrorism threat, nobody’s hands are clean: not those of politicians, the media, or even our own.