The battle for trust begins – Round 1: the budget

The party that proves the best at juggling economic prowess with fairness will enjoy almost certain electoral victory.

The party that proves the best at juggling economic prowess with fairness will enjoy almost certain electoral victory. The Coalition faces its first test next week.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Turnbull might have to ditch the double dissolution

Forgoing the double dissolution might sound unpalatable, but some of the increasingly possible alternatives – a hung parliament, no mandate, or even an election loss – are palpably less attractive.

Forgoing the double dissolution might sound unpalatable, but some of the increasingly possible alternatives – a hung parliament, no mandate, or even an election loss – are palpably less attractive.

Weekly column for The Drum.

Turnbull looks more dodgy than decisive these days

Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has taken another hit in the polls today, and it’s not totally surprising. He might think he’s being nimble over the budget and election timing, but it just looks evasive.

Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has taken another hit in the polls today, and it’s not totally surprising. He might think he’s being nimble over the budget and election timing, but it just looks evasive.

Drum_newWeekly column for The Drum.

How the PM spurned his most devoted supporters

The Political Weekly: Voters can react very badly to discovering their new leader is not the shiny and perfect model expected, but riddled with faults and flaws that renders them only a pale imitation of the political hero that was advertised on the outside of the box.

For The New Daily.

 

A pre-budget election would be an insult to our intelligence

Putting aside all the electoral complications, an unseemly rush to the ballot box without an adequate explanation of Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for economic repair would seriously test the public’s trust.

Putting aside all the electoral complications, an unseemly rush to the ballot box without an adequate explanation of Malcolm Turnbull’s plans for economic repair would seriously test the public’s trust.

Drum_newWeekly column for the Drum.

Malcolm, welcome to the job. Here’s your to-do list

Having won the face-off with Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull now has two more pressing tests to deal with.

Having won the face-off with Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister-designate Malcolm Turnbull now has two more pressing tests to deal with.

Analysis for The New Daily.