Unlike Rudd, Turnbull does not lead a technocratic shell that is happy to leave its policies to its leader, but Australia’s last political party that is still desperately thrashing around on what it stands for.

Education: Rudd’s Workchoices

Monday, 1 September 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off on Education: Rudd’s Workchoices 

From the very beginning of this government, the media has underestimated the critical role education plays in the political make-up of this government.

End game

Friday, 13 June 2008   State and federal politics  Comments Off on End game 

Gillard is the stake driven through the undead body of the Labor party to keep it pinned down.

Gillard: Rudd’s weapon against the party

Friday, 7 December 2007   Key posts, Political figures  Comments Off on Gillard: Rudd’s weapon against the party 

Gillard has been constantly mis-read because she represents what is new about the ALP under Rudd, but comes from a tradition that seems to be the old Labor party.

Government calls Rudd’s productivity bluff

Wednesday, 20 June 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off on Government calls Rudd’s productivity bluff 

There is a moment in Keating’s seminal interview on Lateline when the old teeth-puller starts to come over a bit mushy.