2013 could be summed up as the year when neither Labor under Rudd, nor the Coalition under Abbott proved capable of filling the gap left by the exhaustion of Labor’s historical project under Gillard.

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.

Unity

Tuesday, 17 September 2013   State of the parties   6 comments 

The will for unity merely reflects the reality of Labor today after the historic left-right battles and the more recent battles between the reformers and the power brokers have run their course.

Relief

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.

Rudd’s problem was that he did not clarify why he was distinct from the party that had dumped him and the institutions that had blocked his return, which would have given the “New Way” slogan any meaning.

Momentum

Monday, 19 August 2013   State of the parties, Tactics   12 comments 

In failing to make its anti-political attack on the Coalition, Labor is seeing it rebound and they being the “political” operators.

Could it be that the RBA had more influence over election timing than Sussex St?

Running on empty

Monday, 5 August 2013   Tactics   11 comments 

The common theme running through the message is a new way economic policy is being viewed, namely that government is not responsible for the state of the economy, rather just for protecting the electorate from the worst of it.

Realignment

Tuesday, 30 July 2013   State of the parties   14 comments 

The political agenda we see now are the leftovers from a time when the major parties represented clear social bases in the electorate which they no longer do.

Foreigners

Saturday, 20 July 2013   International relations, Tactics   27 comments 

The Great Destabiliser has moved up a notch.

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