When Labor is in a position to stop slapping asylum seekers about, we will know that a new political arrangement is falling into place.


Monday, 24 June 2013   State of the parties, Tactics   8 comments 

For the union and factional leadership at the federal level, the obvious path to recovering control over the party is to turn it into a parliamentary rump.


Monday, 17 June 2013   State of the parties   48 comments 

If the unions switch to Rudd, it will be for the same reason they dumped him in the first place.

The problem that both parties now face is that having raised the asylum seeker “problem” for internal party reasons, the external conditions for solving it are no more favourable than they were in 2007-2008.