Something unusual is happening. Labor is not getting the boost that usually comes to parties after being endorsed in an election.
Karl Bitar says that Howard’s agenda has little relevance to the electorate today. He should know.
A war of invasion only ends because the invaders win, lose or are pulled back home. None of these look set to happen.
A bit of hamming it up in front of the media’s cameras at a local town meeting and we’re away, unintentionally helped by some in the blogosphere who seemed to think the burning of the MDB Authority’s report was akin to lighting up Heinrich Heine in the Bebelplatz.
Clarity on military conflict is not an option for a Coalition leader.
The press are not really making much of this, but Abbott’s gaffe over Afghanistan is probably a major blow to his leadership inside the party.
If it was really about stability they could have forced another election where the odds would have been that the finely split balance of the current Parliament would not have been repeated.