If a car crash is two vehicles heading in the opposite direction on the same track, then we had the definition of it at the leaders’ debate on Sunday night. Both the press and the two leaders are grappling with the same thing but coming at it from completely opposite directions, and despite all the […]

Like a dead fish, a paralysed government soon flips upside down in the water.

In the spirit of inclusiveness Turnbull looks ready to accommodate all positions except his own.

Having someone who can telegraph that he is with them in sprit, and maybe notch up at least a few policy successes in practice, might just have to do.


Monday, 23 March 2015   Political figures   12 comments 

It’s been said that history shouldn’t be read backwards, but that’s the only way it can be done, and the furious re-writing of Fraser’s government, not least by the man himself, naturally says more about the preoccupations and defensiveness of the political scene today than what happened then.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014   Political figures, The Australian state   18 comments 

It’s perhaps for the best that Gough’s not around to see the hash they’ll make of it.


Thursday, 14 November 2013   Political figures   32 comments 

Rudd’s departure does not mean the Australian political system will be any less vulnerable to an anti-political attack either from within or without. It’s just that it is unlikely next time it will be done with such panache.

Into a vacuum could step somebody that has never made a point of standing for anything (or behind anyone) in particular. From that angle, Labor might have just found its best candidate.

The lack of a convincing reason on the source of Rudd’s popularity, is not because political commentators are thick, but because the answer is uncomfortable.

It will be the breakdown of the factional system that will be the necessary precondition for the return of Rudd, but not sufficient.

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