Just six months into a new partnership, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison appear headed for counselling.
Malcolm Turnbull has a one-off (if not entirely deserved) opportunity to reinvent his government, re-set voter expectations, and deliver policies befitting, dare we say, an innovative Government.
The GST debate has always been about politics as well as economics, and Malcolm Turnbull’s pivot away from a rise might just feed a growing line of attack about what it is he actually stands for. Weekly column for The Drum.
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: The Opposition Leader found a new way to help boost flagging poll ratings, but unforeseen circumstances threatened to derail his progress.
If the past week in politics is any indication, politicians have no idea whether voters pay attention to politics.
Are we the political equivalent of goldfish, needing to be constantly reminded about what is good and bad about politicians and their policies? Or are we more like elephants, never forgetting the vices and virtues of the passing political parade?
The Political Weekly: PM’s own team questioning orders, plus Julie Bishop’s sly move and Shorten’s Dorky Dancing.
A popular Prime Minister leading a party praised for its economic management wants to have a national conversation about expanding the GST. This leaves the Opposition Leader in an invidious position.
While Tony Abbott played to Australians’ conservatism and resistance to change, Malcolm Turnbull and his new ministry are betting their future on making change something voters embrace rather than fear.
The Political Weekly: The political fortunes of an MP, party or even a government, can change in the wink of an eye as Bill Shorten and Bronwyn Bishop learned this week.