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

This has the making of being a regional diplomatic disaster.


Monday, 16 March 2015   The Australian state   10 comments 

The idea of shutting down remote communities because they are economically unviable is, of course, rubbish.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015   State of the parties, Tactics   19 comments 

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.


Friday, 30 January 2015   State of the parties   9 comments 

Conviction politicians hard to find anywhere. Australia’s Tony Abbott a rare exception. Opponent Rudd all over the place convincing nobody. R Murdoch scribbling on a wall, 19 August 2013 Abbott again. Tough to write, but if he won’t replace top aide Peta Credlin she must do her patriotic duty and resign. More Tagged R Murdoch […]


Thursday, 11 December 2014   State of the parties, Tactics   12 comments 

It’s all looking so eerily familiar.

Disaster politics

Thursday, 31 July 2014   International relations   15 comments 

The last few weeks have reminded that in recent years something rather unpleasant has entered politics.

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.

A hollow debate

Monday, 7 April 2014   The Australian state   21 comments 

The government has tried to use libertarian arguments to nullify and roll back a piece of anti-racist legislation but has nowhere to take it back to.

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