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Crikey! What Piffle!

Crikey! What Piffle!

In yesterday’s Crikey email, there was an article by some dude called “The Western Warrior” titled “After one year in the WA wilderness, Labor is stuffed (Part I)” – it was an analysis of the problems the ALP has been experiencing in WA. The article (paywalled) started by saying: The latest Nielsen poll to emerge […]

Maps Maps Maps

Maps Maps Maps

For those coming here from Wednesday’s Crikey article and looking for the big maps, scroll down. For everyone else, we’ve had a look recently at how the unemployment rates at the regional level have changed since the 2007 election, and how those changes played out in the context of the 2007 Federal election boundaries. Today, […]

Turnbull no Latham - try Downer

Turnbull no Latham - try Downer

This was a piece I had in the Crikey mail earlier today. When it comes to unsuccessful Opposition Leaders, some burn their way through public goodwill slowly, while others like Peacock, never really had any goodwill to begin with  — but in the modern history of federal leaders of the Opposition, there have been only […]

150K Thresholds - the electoral demography.

150K Thresholds - the electoral demography.

This was the article I had in the Crikey mail earlier today: In terms of electoral demography — the who lives where, earning what, and how they vote, framework — the two big issues coming out of the budget are the $150,000 household income threshold being the primary means testing weapon on the one hand, and the increase in […]

Yellow Peril

Yellow Peril

This was an article I had earlier today in the Crikey mail. Malcolm Turnbull: He seemed to spend most of his time talking about China. Now he’s not a roving ambassador for the People’s Republic of China — he’s the Prime Minister of Australia and he has to put our national interest first. Joe Hockey: […]

Stimulus - Treasury 1, Dunces 0.

Stimulus - Treasury 1, Dunces 0.

This was me in Crikey earlier today – it’s in the free section so if you prefer reading things over there, please feel free. — An interesting thing happened on the way to Christmas last year – the $10.4 billion Economic Security Package not only worked, but worked nearly exactly as Treasury had forecast it […]

Climate change rocks and hard places.

Climate change rocks and hard places.

This was me in Crikey today. It’s a spin-off of the Coalition demographic trends we looked at earlier. Voter support for the Coalition has been undergoing a long term demographic shift over the last 21 years, and not a particularly fortuitous one at that. At every election since 1987, those aged under 40 have voted […]

Time to play

Time to play "Pick the Veep"

This was me earlier today in Crikey. With the melodrama of the primary season behind us, the next big game in US politics will be “Pick the Veep” — and it will really all be about one Veep in particular: Obama’s. While the benefits a VP can bring to the ticket are relatively small compared […]

Time to play

Time to play "Pick the Veep"

This was me earlier today in Crikey. With the melodrama of the primary season behind us, the next big game in US politics will be “Pick the Veep” — and it will really all be about one Veep in particular: Obama’s. While the benefits a VP can bring to the ticket are relatively small compared […]

The Parallel Universe of Opinionatas

The Parallel Universe of Opinionatas

This was me earlier in Crikey today. “Petrol prices have ended the Rudd honeymoon” proclaimed Dennis, Rudd’s honeymoon was “well and truly over” declared Gerard McManus, while Clinton Porteous got stuck into the Journo Juice and questioned “whether Kevin Rudd will be a one-term wonder?“. It was hard to find an article during the week […]