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What’s in a mandate?

What is a mandate exactly? It’s an authorisation to implement policy commitments deemed to have been given by the voters to the party that wins an election. The stronger the … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 8 Comments

Politico Noir 9

The mystery is drawing to a close. Here are the final two instalments of Stranger Than Fiction. Enjoy. Week 31: In which words that move are remembered, statesmen shrink and … Continue reading

September 10, 2013

Anatomy of a campaign launch

Two leaders, two parties, two campaigns: but what are we to make of them? Here are my pieces for ABC’s The Drum on yesterday’s Labor Launch and the counter offer … Continue reading

September 2, 2013

Politico Noir 8

Here’s your latest instalments of Stranger Than Fiction. Catch up on the story now in preparation for the final two chapters… Week 28: In which it’s on in earnest, hope … Continue reading

August 26, 2013

Addicted to polls

By my reckoning we’ve had 22 opinion polls in the first 15 days of the federal election campaign. Here’s my latest piece for ABC’s The Drum on our unhealthy addiction … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 5 Comments

Costings, schmostings

Economic competence is the centrepiece of this election, as it has been in most others. The major parties and the Greens are doing everything they can to emphasise their perceived … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 6 Comments

And the winner is …. in the eye of the beholder

Here’s my latest piece for ABC’s The Drum, on last night Leaders’ Debate.

August 12, 2013

Politico Noir 7

Here’s your latest instalment of Stranger Than Fiction: Week 25: In which time speeds up, the battle heats up and the invisible makes its presence felt Week 26: In which … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Yes we can: will imported talent get Labor over the line?

By Jennifer Rayner Kevin Rudd has imported three members of US president Barack Obama’s successful 2012 campaign team to advise on Labor’s September 7 re-election efforts. This announcement has already … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Federal election about choice, change and trust

I’ll be writing a weekly column for ABC’s The Drum during the election campaign and posting a link on AusVotes 2013 for your convenience! This week I’ve looked at what … Continue reading

August 5, 2013

Tell Rudd he’s dreamin’

Whatever the election date, yesterday’s Friday’s economic statement by the Rudd Government signified the hoisting of the goal posts onto Labor’s chosen playing field: Stadium Economy. All home games will be … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · 9 Comments

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