Class war dreaming

Thursday, 24 May 2012   State of the parties   33 comments 

The delusion of both sides of the political spectrum suggests we are building up to a full-blown political crisis yet to come.

What IR debate?

Monday, 7 November 2011   State of the parties   22 comments 

Others in the media, however, are starting to look beyong the phoney IR debate and pick up the embarrassment the reality is causing the Liberals.

Burying the Workchoices bogeyman

Tuesday, 1 November 2011   Tactics   5 comments 

While Fair Work Australia had allowed for the weak state of the union movement, it did not allow for what would happen when an employer would take advantage of a weak government.

So who won the ideological war exactly?

The media have been talking about Gillard taking over the leadership as though it would sort out Labor’s electoral problems. Of course, there has not been a single poll that backs that view.

Health may not be the winner

Friday, 19 March 2010   Tactics   6 comments 

There is something very politically useful in Labor’s health reform plan for the government, namely the anti-political attack it implies on the state governments. But what is the basis for that attack?

It could be possible that rather than Rudd needing to fear Gillard, there could come a point when the threat is the other way round.

Labor put a positive gloss on the numbers yesterday, but ironically so did the coalition.

Bring back Costello now! Round 2

Wednesday, 25 March 2009   Media analysis   19 comments 

The Liberal party is being driven with one eye on the road in front and one on the rear view mirror – and it is getting increasingly confused which is which.

Staring at nothing

Monday, 16 March 2009   Media analysis   10 comments 

The media’s refusal to see the depths of the Liberals’ political problems is why they keep getting the leadership dynamics wrong.

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