August poll looks like Howard’s best bet

Friday, 29 June 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on August poll looks like Howard’s best bet 

As the practical difficulties of this intervention becomes more apparent, the sense of purpose it has revived in the government may start to wane.

A new dynamic, for now

Thursday, 28 June 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on A new dynamic, for now 

The intervention gives significant support to the Howard government, at least in the short term. It stops what was a potentially damaging opposition strategy dead in its tracks.

‘Old Europe’ speaks out

Tuesday, 26 June 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on ‘Old Europe’ speaks out 

Mal Brough gave away the effort to which the government tried to provoke a political reaction from the states by keeping them out of the decision and then calling on them to act.

Is this the script Howard wanted?

Monday, 25 June 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on Is this the script Howard wanted? 

Howard here is obviously trying to pose as the down-to-earth practical doer against the philosophes in Canberra. The problem is such ‘philosophical’ objections are not being raised.

Looks more like Iraq than Tampa

Saturday, 23 June 2007   Key posts, The Australian state  Comments Off on Looks more like Iraq than Tampa 

One of the assumptions of the current debate is that the NT report that kicked this off had conclusive evidence of widespread child abuse. It did not.

A national disgrace

Friday, 22 June 2007   The Australian state  Comments Off on A national disgrace 

There used to be a straight-forward way of stopping child abuse, lock the offenders up. But we are talking here of Aboriginal children, so, of course, the solution cannot be that simple.

Is Howard setting himself up?

Thursday, 21 June 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on Is Howard setting himself up? 

The Opposition Leader continues with his messianic bid to make the Australian union movement the most courteous in the developed world.

Government calls Rudd’s productivity bluff

Wednesday, 20 June 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off on Government calls Rudd’s productivity bluff 

There is a moment in Keating’s seminal interview on Lateline when the old teeth-puller starts to come over a bit mushy.

Ask the punters, they’ll know

Tuesday, 19 June 2007   Media analysis  Comments Off on Ask the punters, they’ll know 

A smart bookie should be able to clean up this year.

A tale of two farces

Monday, 18 June 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on A tale of two farces 

One was a farce posing as a real issue, the other, a real issue posing as a farce.

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