Saturday, 29 March 2008 International relations Comments Off on Jetting off in search of a program
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.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 State of the parties Comments Off on An irrelevant and useful distraction
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.
Monday, 17 March 2008 State of the parties Comments Off on The coming political recession – an update
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.
Monday, 10 March 2008 State of the parties Comments Off on A realignment, not a honeymoon
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.