Realignment

Tuesday, 30 July 2013   State of the parties   14 comments 

The political agenda we see now are the leftovers from a time when the major parties represented clear social bases in the electorate which they no longer do.

After July

Monday, 25 June 2012   State of the parties   6 comments 

It has been forgotten now, but the opposition to the ETS was not an electoral ploy but a desperate attempt to save the Coalition’s brand.

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.

Culture war bores collide

Tuesday, 4 October 2011   The Australian state   55 comments 

Racial/cultural separation, or whatever you want to call it, remains embedded as ever in the centre of our body politic

At least Murdoch recognises a political fight when he sees it.

Rudd is using the very fluidity of the situation caused by the decline in US influence, that undermined his Prime Ministership, to now undermine Gillard’s.

This is why the real issue is not that Gillard didn’t mean it when she said there wouldn’t be a carbon tax, but that she doesn’t mean it now when she says there will.

The media are making this into a major drama, but it may not be, at least in the way they say.

Poor Julie Bishop. Always the proxy, never the bride.

No doubt there are still those idealistic youth willing to jump to action fired up by the commitment to, er, save the Australian economy from the devastating consequences of climate change.

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