Talking down

Saturday, 28 February 2009   Tactics   3 comments 

Capping executive pay may make the sacking of workers more tasteful, but of course will do absolutely nothing to stop it.

Less perfect the next

Wednesday, 25 February 2009   State and federal politics   7 comments 

Exaggerations of Queensland ‘exceptionalism’ should not disguise what the state parties tell us about the national ones.

The way Turnbull is being undermined is clever. They are turning his lack of control over the party’s organisation against him.

This is not Howard v Peacock

Wednesday, 18 February 2009   State of the parties   5 comments 

The Liberals’ troubles now are not a response to differing views of Australian business, but more a response to the fact that business has little interest in them at all.

Empty barrel, most noise

Tuesday, 17 February 2009   Tactics   1 comment 

This inability of the Liberals to hold an unpopular position is conveniently being forgotten by the right-wing press who like to dream about imaginary lines in the sand.

Avoiding the Katrina effect

Monday, 16 February 2009   Tactics   9 comments 

The government passed up what could have been a major political opportunity last week.

Hardball – an update

Friday, 13 February 2009   Tactics  Comments Off on Hardball – an update 

Xenophon’s rejection of the stimulus has given the government at least another day to turn the Liberal’s internal manoeuvre into a public one.


Thursday, 12 February 2009   Tactics  Comments Off on Hardball 

For the first time since 1990, when Labor’s reform program ran its course, the coalition has now lost its precious lead in economic management.

Different standards

Thursday, 12 February 2009   Media analysis   5 comments 

Maybe next time, before both sides pursue the property v nature debate with so much vigour, they should hold back and wait until investigators have worked out what actually caused the death of so many people.

Whitlam takes on the neo-Liberals

Monday, 9 February 2009   Key posts, Tactics   9 comments 

However deliberate it was, Rudd has set up a delicious trap.

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