Saying sorry to make them feel good – an update

Tuesday, 29 January 2008   The Australian state  Comments Off 

Rudd is starting Parliament with an apology not because he wants it to define his government by it but because he wants to get it out of the way and bury it at the start.

Crisis? Which crisis?

Sunday, 27 January 2008   Key posts, Media analysis  Comments Off 

It has been disappointing to see how the media continues to take the government’s inflation scare at face value.

No womb to go back to

Tuesday, 22 January 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off 

Let’s be blunt. Nelson was not invited to yesterday’s meeting of Liberal state leaders because he was not wanted. But would he have wanted to go anyway? Probably not.

A whole new ball game

Monday, 21 January 2008   Tactics  Comments Off 

Rudd is in the process of changing the rules of Australian politics and that involves first sorting out his own side.

The coming political recession

Wednesday, 16 January 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off 

Now with Howard out of the way, the party is the main target as the leadership uses the economic scare to restrict any alternative agendas in the party.

Straws in the wind

Monday, 14 January 2008   The Australian state  Comments Off 

This will be the first Labor government in history where unions will not play a significant role in its mandate. In a nutshell, Gillard’s job is to fill that gap.

Rudd’s states takeover

Thursday, 10 January 2008   Key posts, State and federal politics  Comments Off 

Like Rudd’s other actions since 24 November, his new federalism is part of the consolidation of power that was accelerated, but not completed, by the election.

Obama dreaming

Tuesday, 8 January 2008   Media analysis  Comments Off 

For some, Obama appears to be filling a gap that Rudd has not filled.

The year the ALP loses power

Monday, 7 January 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off 

The November election did not fully complete the transfer of power.