Good political moments are those when the fog suddenly clears and a shift in the balance of forces is revealed.
Friday, 21 December 2007 State of the parties Comments Off on End of an era: The ALP
There used to be a time when a political party would not only want to get into government, but would also want Senate control so it could implement its program unhindered by other parties. Well not anymore it seems.
Thursday, 20 December 2007 State of the parties Comments Off on End of an era: The Liberals
If the Liberals’ problems are only about Howard being in charge, now that he has gone, their problems should be over, right?
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 The Australian state Comments Off on End of an era: Indigenous affairs
The trouble with indigenous affairs is that they are never really about what they are supposed to be.
Tuesday, 18 December 2007 State of the parties Comments Off on End of an era: Industrial relations
This year’s pantomime of union thugs in braces and hard-nosed employers conducted on our TVs has disguised some profound changes in the industrial relations landscape, which again have been missed with yesterday’s launch of Labor’s IR agenda.
In review, 2007 marks the end of an era in Australian politics.
Friday, 14 December 2007 International relations Comments Off on Yes, the Mandarin is serious
Something happened this week that doesn’t happen very often in Australian politics: domestic politics was opened up to the international scene.
Once again, a case of child abuse becomes not about the perpetrators but indigenous parents.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007 State of the parties Comments Off on What a political crisis looks like – an update
The Liberal party resembles a car that has gone over a cliff but is suspended on a ledge above the abyss. It sits precariously in an unstable stability because the next move will be even worse.
Two weeks after taking power the initial restrictions on political activity in the Rudd government are in place.