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Crikey’s fantasy cabinet, with four times the women

Crikey’s fantasy cabinet, with four times the women

Tony Abbott reckons he just can't room for more than one woman in his 19-member cabinet, so Crikey has done it for him. Check out our fantasy cabinet, which has four times as many women. You're welcome, Tony.

Coal seam gas a welcome issue for Labor

Coal seam gas a welcome issue for Labor

Tony Abbott might have been back-tracking yesterday morning on taking action that might slow the development of the coal seam gas industry but that will not stop the issue being troublesome for him. The National Party clearly has concerns about the impact of the mining technique on farmers as Barnaby Joyce has made clear during […]

Jesus weeps for Gillard the hypocrite

Jesus weeps for Gillard the hypocrite

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 […]

Do as we say, not as we’d do

Do as we say, not as we’d do

Sometimes maintaining a consistent message can be difficult for a political party to manage in the early period following a leadership change. But sometimes, efforts to do so can just make the message itself seems internally incoherent. As long ago as  last June, the Liberal Party was demanding that “it’s time” for the Labor government […]

Tough Times ahead for Libs

Tough Times ahead for Libs

It’s the understatement of the year to say the Liberals are in for a very difficult few months until the election, now Tony Abbott has assumed the party’s leadership by one vote (with one informal/abstain vote) This was as much an ideological contest as a personality contest or one based predominantly on leadership skills.  While […]

Trends in refugee movements & Coalition politics

Trends in refugee movements & Coalition politics

I had an article published in the main Crikey e-newsletter today, outlining some of the trends, facts and government responses to the well over 40 million refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced and stateless people around the world. It seems likely the issue of asylum seeker boat arrivals will once again be moving closer to the […]