For all his faux blokeishness and Western Sydney credentials, Latham had no more ability to relate to the electorate than any insider Labor hack.
All we needed was a Canberra farce and we have all we need to know.
How do you change racial provisions in the Constitution when the entire infrastructure of land rights is based on it?
Racial/cultural separation, or whatever you want to call it, remains embedded as ever in the centre of our body politic
Rudd touched a raw nerve of how Labor, especially in NSW, understands its decline.
As Labor’s base melts away, so does its program.
The problem for Fraser is not that the Liberals are moving to the right as such but that there is no real basis for them doing so.
Chris Uhlmann castigated Rudd for not using his political capital to take a less populist line on asylum seekers, but in reality there is no political capital.
While the right and left have argued over the nature of the punishment, what we have seen with the intervention is a denial of a basic right in front of the law to be judged whether to receive the punishment in the first place.
It has been fascinating to watch the coalition go through its motions over the last week as it was worked on by the media.