Review of 2008 – Labor

Wednesday, 24 December 2008   Key posts, State of the parties  Comments Off 

It was the political assault on the old power bases of the party that was the underlying theme of federal Labor in 2008.

Review of 2008 – The Liberals

Monday, 22 December 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off 

The Liberals are left at the end of 2008 in a vacuum with a leader that has no real base of support in the party but with the old guard yet unable to get rid of him.

Climate change tactics

Tuesday, 16 December 2008   Tactics  Comments Off 

The myth that climate change action is a tough area for government largely comes from the media’s incomprehension that the voting public would ever think beyond its hip-pocket.

Unity can be death too

Friday, 12 December 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off 

You would think the Liberals in opposition would be in their element now. The economy is turning down and Labor’s plan is to spend its way out of it.

What damage a dying government did

Wednesday, 10 December 2008   The Australian state  Comments Off 

If apologies are so in vogue, maybe here’s a chance to apologise to all those living now who have had such a slur made against them …

An irrelevant and useful distraction – an update

Monday, 8 December 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off 

What is striking in the press coverage is how it has shifted focus onto what the Nationals did and away from the real challenge to Turnbull’s authority, what the Liberal front bench did.


Thursday, 4 December 2008   Tactics  Comments Off 

… both sides are heading into an unprecedented economic crisis with little in the political arsenal to handle it.

Clinging to the wreckage

Monday, 1 December 2008   The Australian state  Comments Off 

… it seems the more the Liberals ditch what they stand for, the more they cling to Howard the man, rather than what he was supposed to stand for.