Like a dead fish, a paralysed government soon flips upside down in the water. What is important becomes trivial and what is trivial takes centre stage. Lenore Taylor nicely points out how issues that the public cares about have been side-lined in favour of an issue about which the public does not, the timing of […]

Awkward

Monday, 29 February 2016   State of the parties   5 comments 

Whether it was an insecure Labor party, and now even more insecure cultural warriors, Abbott, mediocre politician he is, just can’t help being made relevant.

Fabulous(ish)

Wednesday, 23 December 2015   State of the parties   9 comments 

David Rowe, AFR LEIGH SALES: OK. Let’s whip through a few other things. Your minister, Mal Brough, … MALCOLM TURNBULL: You’ve lost interest in innovation, have you? LEIGH SALES: (Laughs) I haven’t lost interest, but there’s a lotta things to get through and there’s limited time. MALCOLM TURNBULL: Aunty ABC loses interest in innovation. LEIGH […]

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Implosion

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.

Decay

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 […]

Positioning

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

It’s all looking so eerily familiar.

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