The media has missed that it is not the illegal refugees that is the issue as much as the international context in which it is happening.
It was the political assault on the old power bases of the party that was the underlying theme of federal Labor in 2008.
So much for the election of a Liberal Premier shaking up Rudd’s federalism.
Thursday, 25 September 2008 State and federal politics Comments Off
Labor can push emission cuts out to well beyond the political life of anyone in the government. Unfortunately the Murray crisis creates expectations over what it can do and highlights its impotence now.
Monday, 15 September 2008 State and federal politics Comments Off
The Nationals’ problem is not some demographic phenomenon of sun-seekers retiring on the NSW coast but a political one. They are the most obvious victims of an unravelling of the old two party system that is affecting all of the parties.
By proposing a deal with Labor in the first place Grylls and Carpenter have already changed the old bi-polar landscape.
Those who think the election results across the country on Saturday showed the inevitable swinging back of the pendulum following the election of the Rudd government, must have been squinting at them with one eye.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 State and federal politics Comments Off
What seems to be one enduring legacy of the Howard era has been the decline in political commentary in this country.
There are a couple of features of Troy Buswell’s farcical tribulations that highlight the state of decay of both major parties, but especially the Liberals. The first is that we are hearing about it.
Let’s be blunt. Nelson was not invited to yesterday’s meeting of Liberal state leaders because he was not wanted. But would he have wanted to go anyway? Probably not.