Dutton’s refugee gambit swings the conversation back to Coalition territory

The beginning of the campaign was all education, healthcare, negative gearing and badly behaved banks. That’s Labor territory — so it took a far-right Abbottista to bring the conversation back to solid Coalition ground.

The beginning of the campaign was all education, healthcare, negative gearing and badly behaved banks. That’s Labor territory — so it took a far-right Abbottista to bring the conversation back to solid Coalition ground.

For Crikey. (Can be accessed with a free trial subscription).

The best 2016 election date the PM could choose

The Political weekly: The federal election should be held in August or September this year. If it is called for any time before that, particularly the first half of 2016, voters will have no choice than to think PM Turnbull is taking us for fools.

The Political weekly: The federal election should be held in August or September this year. If it is called for any time before that, particularly the first half of 2016, voters will have no choice than to think PM Turnbull is taking us for fools.

For The New Daily.

Turnbull’s government has a ‘sexism problem’

Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.

Given the events of the past week, it’s time to recognise some of the government’s outdated views on women.

Analysis for The New Daily.

Victim blaming takes the Briggs debacle from bad to worse

Perhaps the most disturbing part of the festival of bad behaviour brought to us by Jamie Briggs and his supporters is that the victim blaming and political opportunism is not likely to be over any time soon. 

Drum_newWeekly column for The Drum.

The politics of fear are alive and well in Canberra

The Political Weekly: Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.

The Political Weekly: Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.

For The New Daily.