Australia may be ranking 14th or whatever, but international diplomacy is not the City to Bay Fun Run. No-one cares how far down you are in the ranking, you are either in the leading pack or not, and Australia is not.
Pushing a merger allows Nelson to turn the Liberals’ irrelevant ideological debate into an irrelevant organisational debate about whether to merge with a rump party in permanent decline.
Given it was written by a political reporter who has spent so long cheering the ALP, Alan Ramsay’s latest article shows a remarkable naivety of how that party works and, indeed, of politics in general.
The row about the carers’ bonus is a sign that government strategy to create an inflation scare so as to clamp down on ALP spending expectations has largely run its course.
This is not a honeymoon, this a realignment of Australian politics.
Howard’s problem was that not only had the union movement clearly had its day but we also had here a Labor Prime Minister to tell everyone the fact.
Right-wing cultural ‘warriors’ like Ackerman may comfort themselves that Rudd’s government has so far been about making symbolic gestures, but in reality he has been doing the reverse.