Making an enemy of a party on which your supporters agree on practically every issue is at best an empty gesture and at worst will make the Greens the anti-establishment party they clearly crave but don’t deserve.
Something unusual is happening. Labor is not getting the boost that usually comes to parties after being endorsed in an election.
Karl Bitar says that Howard’s agenda has little relevance to the electorate today. He should know.
Clearly some markets are more evil than others.
For the first time since 1990, when Labor’s reform program ran its course, the coalition has now lost its precious lead in economic management.
Those who think the election results across the country on Saturday showed the inevitable swinging back of the pendulum following the election of the Rudd government, must have been squinting at them with one eye.
For The Age’s Michelle Grattan, the government’s minority in the Senate is a political problem because it is a barrier to the government implementing its program.
What exactly was that program again?
Like most environmental issues for the last twenty years, this is really about the major parties.
Minor parties like the Greens never like to face up to it, but their development is often less dependent on their own initiatives than what goes on in the major parties. The Greens have especially been influenced by developments in Labor.
Taking global warming as an international issue does give Labor more room to dump the Greens on which it has relied politically for almost a quarter of a century.