Friday, 27 April 2007 International relations Comments Off on Pragmatic and out of touch
Now that the War on Terror is being superseded by the Global Warming agenda, Howard has similar problems to those faced by Beazley six years ago.
Friday, 20 April 2007 International relations Comments Off on What is Anzac Day but a media farce?
Rescheduling the dawn service to suit media timetables does no more than illustrate that Anzac Day is already the very definition of media spectacle; a playing of images, visuals and symbols with very little content.
When Rudd says that global warming is now on an equal footing with national security, that is a pretty accurate reflection on the balance in international relations between the US’s War on Terror and the climate change agenda of its rivals that is now gaining ground.
Australia’s subservience to international trends is often the great unspoken of its politics.
The critical change that is making this electoral cycle different from that of 2001 and 2004 is not Rudd but the falling apart of the US’s War On Terror agenda.
Thursday, 12 April 2007 State and federal politics Comments Off on Fresh, new and dead
Another day, another new Liberal state leader.
An amusing well-written piece in today’s SMH by Paul Sheehan which unfortunately disproves precisely what he sets out to prove
Friday, 6 April 2007 Media analysis Comments Off on One-eyed for the two-party system
If there is any media bias these days it is more to push the idea that there is still a viable opposition and two-party system operating in the state at all.
Thursday, 5 April 2007 State of the parties Comments Off on No one wants Howard’s IR agenda
Howard must be one of the world’s few national leaders to have ever launched an attack on unions that even business didn’t need.
Thursday, 5 April 2007 International relations Comments Off on The hollowness at the heart of Hicks
What better conflict for a hometown naiveté to get involved in than a full-scale military intervention by the world’s largest powers who themselves did not have a clue what to do once they got there.