The clampdown begins

Wednesday, 30 May 2007   Tactics  Comments Off 

This not only gives Rudd leverage to bury the anti-Workchoices campaign but start to distance himself publicly from the unions.

No reasons to be cheerful

Tuesday, 29 May 2007   Tactics  Comments Off 

As usual, the politically inept Treasurer got it most wrong.

Rudd steps around a hole

Monday, 28 May 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off 

The Rein affair exposes the hollowness of Labor’s opposition to AWAs and its IR policy.

Reining in the horses

Saturday, 26 May 2007   Tactics  Comments Off 

After getting the resilience of Rudd’s popularity so wrong, it is not surprising that the media have now if anything been too positive on how the Rudd/Rein episode has played. It is probably a moderate negative.

A marriage of convenience

Friday, 25 May 2007   Tactics  Comments Off 

Labor is running two parallel campaigns on industrial relations.

Ugly

Thursday, 24 May 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off 

The government’s claim that the public’s view cannot be taken seriously is unappealing but they are being indulged by a media that has been doing the same for months.

Desperate but not serious

Wednesday, 23 May 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off 

Howard may claim that he takes the poor polls seriously but his actions suggest otherwise.

Who’s stopped listening?

Tuesday, 22 May 2007   Media analysis  Comments Off 

Let’s be clear, there is something wrong with what the coalition is saying. It is saying nothing.

Time for a reality check on IR

Monday, 21 May 2007   Media analysis  Comments Off 

Having made such a bad call on the Budget’s impact, commentators are now scratching around for an explanation for the resilience of Rudd’s popularity.

One of the comforts the government gives itself, which Howard repeated on The 7.30 Report earlier this week, is that at least voters are not waiting with baseball bats like they were for Keating in 1996.
But this is Howard’s problem. There is no agenda to swing a bat at.

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