It's become the hobby du jour in Leftie ghettoes to hate on Sophie Mirabella as she struggles to hold her seat. Mirabella's crime? She is apparently annoying and unlikeable. Let's stop and think about that.
The Gillard government has been, in policy terms, a good one. It’s not up there with the Hawke-Keating or early Howard governments, but its economic management has been better than both of those courtesy of the steady hand of Wayne Swan, Treasury and the independent RBA, and it has accumulated a substantial reform agenda in […]
The ALP's 46th National Conference is preparing to debate the hot button issue of gay marriage. Below is the text of the amendment to the platform moved by ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr and seconded by Penny Wong.
So suppose Labor does take the plunge and sack another Prime Minister: who would the party turn to? Yesterday morning’s Nielsen poll puts a strong case for Kevin Rudd’s return but the betting markets on the event don’t have him favourite. Some bookmakers have Simon Crean as the most likely choice while others opt for […]
If you were in another country and not watching, listening to or reading Australian media reports and simply looking at the official statistics you would probably assume that ours was a well governed country doing remarkably well compared with most other nations. That is certainly what the various international comparison surveys show yet here at […]
When politicians perform in Parliament they have two audiences. The immediate one is their parliamentary colleagues; the second is the voters outside the chamber. Those dual requirements make it a difficult for a politician because they are inevitably contradictory. Within the parliament the combatants play to get the applause of their colleagues with the aim of […]
Yesterday Julia Gillard delivered the inaugural Gough Whitlam Oration at the Whitlam Institute in Sydney. Her speech, Walking the Reform Road, contained a blunt assessment of NSW Labor’s woes and responded to the widespread criticism that Labor doesn’t know what it stands for. The inaugural Gough Whitlam Oration Men and women of Australia. Words, adopted […]
Jesus wept! Julia Gillard’s main media event on Sunday was previewed by the ABC at breakfast time as the announcement of more chaplains for state schools during campaigning in Darwin. Why isn’t Gillard promising more Asian language teachers, or science teachers, instead of more priests or preachers? What has happened to the secular values of […]