The Political Weekly: Peta Credlin takes the Miley Cyrus approach, Scott Morrison’s new three-word slogan and Turnbull’s warning to Leigh Sales.


Politicians have been trying for years to get their message out to voters without it first being filtered by the media. Now they can bypass traditional media altogether by becoming independent producers of news.

Abbott’s deliberate or accidental shunning of South Australia for Iraq at a time of heightened community anxiety has exacerbated his credibility problem. Article for The New Daily.

Obama’s doing it. So’s Abbott. Repackaging their PR as “news” to avoid media scrutiny. Weekly column for The Hoopla.

The publication of a toddler’s photo simply because of the colour of her dress might well mean it’s time for campaign strategists to reconsider the role of MPs’ children in political life.

With any luck, the unedifying display of Clive Palmer attempting to bully journalists at the National Press Club yesterday will end his year-long honeymoon with the Canberra press gallery. Weekly column for The Hoopla (3 free reads a month).

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

Here’s my latest at AusVotes 2013… Modern journalism is impoverished by the anachronistic need to be first. Once upon a time, in the pre-internet days of the mechanical printing press and morning edition newspapers, there was real value in getting a story first. A scoop, leak or exclusive wasn’t just about journalistic cachet, it was […]

Here’s my latest post for the AusVotes 2013 federal election blog… The most significant thing that emerged from the mea culpas and post mortems that littered the coup-that-wasn’t battlefield was the notion that journalists are willing to be made patsys. What other explanation can there be for the role the media played in the Rudd camp’s most […]

I’ve written before about the Canberra Press Gallery’s changes of heart when it comes to Tony Abbott. Back in October last year, I pondered whether the tide was beginning to turn when a slew of serious journalists simultaneously started to question the ongoing viability of the Opposition Leader’s negativity and policy free zone. While Abbott’s […]