Like a dead fish, a paralysed government soon flips upside down in the water. What is important becomes trivial and what is trivial takes centre stage. Lenore Taylor nicely points out how issues that the public cares about have been side-lined in favour of an issue about which the public does not, the timing of […]

Awkward

Monday, 29 February 2016   State of the parties   5 comments 

Whether it was an insecure Labor party, and now even more insecure cultural warriors, Abbott, mediocre politician he is, just can’t help being made relevant.

In the spirit of inclusiveness Turnbull looks ready to accommodate all positions except his own.

Implosion

Tuesday, 10 February 2015   State of the parties, Tactics   19 comments 

Turnbull’s waiting until he is drafted really comes from him having no other choice.

The Queensland disaster is unsettling because it brings the Liberals closer to a leadership challenge in Canberra they don’t want to have.

Decay

Friday, 30 January 2015   State of the parties   9 comments 

Conviction politicians hard to find anywhere. Australia’s Tony Abbott a rare exception. Opponent Rudd all over the place convincing nobody. R Murdoch scribbling on a wall, 19 August 2013 Abbott again. Tough to write, but if he won’t replace top aide Peta Credlin she must do her patriotic duty and resign. More Tagged R Murdoch […]

Positioning

Thursday, 11 December 2014   State of the parties, Tactics   12 comments 

It’s all looking so eerily familiar.

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

Rudd

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.

Action

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.

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