Turnbull Rudd

Malcolm Turnbull is trying to hurt Labor by recasting health and education spending as a measure of good economic management. It’s a strategy that could work (or fail) spectacularly. Weekly column for The Drum.

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Tony Abbott’s sudden escalation of his destabilisation campaign has all the hallmarks of a bad movie we’ve seen before.

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The former PM is threatening to turn the Turnbull government into the Rudd-Gillard ‘omnishambles’. Analysis for The New Daily.  

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, left, and opposition leader Tony Abbott pose during the Leaders Debate, ahead of the Sept. 7, election,  at the National Press Club in Canberra on Sunday Aug. 11, 2013. Australian's will go to the polls on Sept. 7, 2013 during the Federal election to choose the 44th Parliament of Australia.(AP Photo/Alan Porritt, Pool)

The similarities between fallen leaders Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd are becoming hard to ignore. And destabilisation rarely ends well for the party involved. Weekly column for The Drum.

gold-fish

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?

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Why has new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – an early adopter of social media and a prolific app user – nearly vanished from Twitter?

Spanish Inquisition

The Political Weekly: The week may have commenced with the opposition feeling chuffed about having brought down Bronwyn Bishop, but by week’s end Labor was becoming increasingly anxious about the media witch-hunt it had unleashed.

Shorten

In the absence of a compelling leader or a sufficiently self-destructive government, Labor is now taking the only option left to make itself competitive at the next election – policy differentiation.

Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity may get him into the Lodge, but it could also destroy him. There is one very recent example he would do well to remember. Article for The New Daily.

Does Tony Abbott combine Gillard’s bad political judgement with Rudd’s madness? Weekly article for The Hoopla.