The cave-in by the left was not because the left position’s in terms of numbers was weak, but because the leader was weak and the left leadership had to go all out to ensure that he wasn’t embarrassed.
Turnbull’s waiting until he is drafted really comes from him having no other choice.
The Queensland disaster is unsettling because it brings the Liberals closer to a leadership challenge in Canberra they don’t want to have.
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It’s all looking so eerily familiar.
We are talking not about a threat from overseas, than Australians going overseas to spread their chaos in other countries.
This suggests the central confusion of anti-politics, while posing to be against politics, they are actually politics in its purest form.
Now having reached the ultimate ritual of the Budget, and economic management, through which the last thirty years political unravelling has been understood, the depth of the government’s problems are finally becoming apparent to all.
This is moving towards something new: cutting any overt links to social groups and special interests and formalising the detachment of the political system from voters that is already there.
There is a tendency to see the Abbott government as an aberration much as there was to see the Rudd-Gillard period as an aberration. It is not. This is it.