The over-turning of the orthodoxies of the Howard period during 2008-2009 has been forgotten as much as the reason for the popularity for the man who brought them about.
The Oakeshott Bill removed even further protections for asylum seekers in what is already one of the most anti-immigrant pieces of legislation in the developed world.
The government mistake in still thinking it’s all about policy on asylum seekers, rather than its own authority, is why it cocked up so badly on Thursday.
9/11 and the War on Terror didn’t mark the start of Labor’s problems, it marked the temporary suspension, for about five or six years, of the Coalition’s.
Commentators are dismayed at Gillard’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on the High Court, but what is really striking is how mild it is.
Tanner and Megalogenis may take pot shots across the media-political divide but ultimately it comes down to voters as the problem.
Can Australian politics be that insubstantial?
Poor Julie Bishop. Always the proxy, never the bride.
That neither of the major parties have anything to say is implicit in Gillard’s call for a bipartisan committee to look into the issue.
If Rudd was so powerful, how could he have been summarily dismissed within barely a blink of an eye?