Dead man still walking

Monday, 25 August 2008   Political figures  Comments Off 

After some initial excitement even Dennis Shanahan appeared last week to be starting to have his doubts on Costello’s imminent return to the leadership and that maybe The Australian’s world historical mission to shape Australian politics is going to have to wait for another day.

The mythical truisms of Australian politics

Tuesday, 19 August 2008   State and federal politics  Comments Off 

What seems to be one enduring legacy of the Howard era has been the decline in political commentary in this country.

The Senate: A Club to beat the Liberals with

Friday, 15 August 2008   Tactics  Comments Off 

For The Age’s Michelle Grattan, the government’s minority in the Senate is a political problem because it is a barrier to the government implementing its program.

What exactly was that program again?

Everyone’s favourite guinea pigs

Thursday, 14 August 2008   Media analysis  Comments Off 

Listening to Germaine Greer discuss her essay ‘On Rage’ last night on Lateline, it became clear why it is always so hard these days to follow what she is saying. She desperately gets into contortions trying to make humdrum mainstream views sound radical.

The pointless search for a narrative

Monday, 11 August 2008   Key posts, Media analysis  Comments Off 

If there is one thing that distinguishes Rudd, and infuriates the media and clearly annoys the old Labor luminaries, is his refusal to create such a political agenda from thin air.

Bring back Costello, now!

Wednesday, 6 August 2008   Political figures  Comments Off 

Despite The Australian’s attempts to make it seem like an unstoppable momentum is building, did one of their journalists let the cat out of the bag?

Poor Costello, used again – a reprise

Monday, 4 August 2008   Political figures  Comments Off 

The campaign by The Australian to have Costello installed as the Liberal leader makes sense from many different viewpoints – except Costello’s.