Thursday, 11 December 2014   State of the parties, Tactics   7 comments 

It’s all looking so eerily familiar. An unpopular leader of an unpopular government. Partisan supporters whining that they have all the right policies but struggling with the “message” – as though for today’s politicians “message” isn’t pretty well all they do. The despair of conservative commentators isn’t just from the lousy polls, for this government […]

The age of technocracy has passed and the age of anti-politics is now well and truly upon us.


Thursday, 14 November 2013   Political figures   32 comments 

Rudd’s departure does not mean the Australian political system will be any less vulnerable to an anti-political attack either from within or without. It’s just that it is unlikely next time it will be done with such panache.


Monday, 30 September 2013   Tactics, The Australian state   12 comments 

The problem Abbott faces is that there are real barriers to implementing his program but behind him is a party of which some sections are determined to make sure he does.


Monday, 9 September 2013   State of the parties   22 comments 

The end of that tension in Labor is because Rudd’s failure has meant there is now no one in Labor who can turn an attack on the party’s existing power structures into an electoral asset.

AdWatch: Labor’s negative ads

Sunday, 25 August 2013   Tactics   4 comments 

The debate showed how much Rudd, rather than maintain the aura of incumbency he so well established when he returned, has needed to take up the negativity himself. Shouldn’t the ads be doing that?

There are no issues implications because the Queensland election didn’t really have any, it was more about the entire model of government.

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.

If Turnbull had read what was happening to Abbott, he would have kept his head low.

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