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Warsaw No-Show

For me one of the most boring debates of the Abbott-Gillard era was that of climate change. It was mind blowing to see two political parties shed so much blood … Continue reading

December 9, 2013

Casual Vacancy

For many devoted followers of the Whitlam tradition, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was the one villain in the 1975 dismissal for whom there were no redeemable features. Malcolm Fraser has successfully … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

Nick Cater, Marriage Equality and Western Sydney

Shortly before the election the self anointed voice of the ordinary people, Nick Cater, boldly stated that marriage equality was electoral poison and that Kevin Rudd was throwing away  Western … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Debate Winners and Election Losers

Yesterday I suggested here that appearing to have won a debate can in some circumstances damage your chances at a general election.  My rationale for thinking this is that voters … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Press Club Debate

For an event that’s only happened about half a dozen times in Australian political history, the ritual of televised elections debates has come to feel unfailingly tedious and predictable. After … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

Climate Reversals

“We will have a far-reaching climate change action policy, but we won’t set it unilaterally before the rest of the world’s” Christopher Pyne, December 2009. If in January 2010 someone … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 9 Comments

Rupert and the Dreaded Editorial Interference

The arrival of Rupert Murdoch on Twitter some fifteen months ago was the source of considerable excitement. As is the case with many politicians who operate their own Twitter account, … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 7 Comments

Governor General: What Kind of Job Is that?

Note: Heading is a reference to this very old Max Gillies sketch Julia Gillard has many reasons to dislike Kevin Rudd but just this once she might want to send him a … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 6 Comments

China Talks: What’s In It For Them?

Julia Gillard’s recent China trip was undoubtedly a success. Even most of her harsher detractors are prepared to concede that annual heads of government talks with the PRC are wholly … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Narratives: Gillard Labor and New Labour

Today in the Fairfax press Waleed Aly has kindly offered us a theory as to the reasons behind Labor’s electoral woes. He suggests that Labor’s problem is that it needs … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Death of the Death Tax

This year for the first time in living memory we will have an election in which no parliamentary party supports estate duties. The Greens have been the long time standard … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 7 Comments

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