Liberal Leader contest: A Labor supporters’ form guide

December 1, 2009

This is a day that few ALP supporters could have dreamed would ever come to pass. The Liberals tearing themselves to pieces over policy. Who knew they had it in them? Of course, there were some great stoushes over leadership and pre-selections back in the 1980s, but nothing on this scale. Back then, the ‘wets’, […]

Can Rudd save his ETS, or will it destroy him?

November 9, 2009 4

Rudd is a control freak. His government is run along command and control lines (read Cameron Stewart’s interesting piece in last Saturday’s Australian magazine). His media strategy is a campaign strategy. Win the day, stay in front.  Make your opponent the issue. Control the message. Make no mistakes. This is the goldfish in a bowl […]

Social democracy deracinated

September 21, 2009

A new light on the hill | The Australian In Saturday’s Australian Tim Soutphommasane had a long piece on where Rudd and Labor stand in ideological terms. Part way through reading it I started to notice that there was a lot missing from his account of the ALP’s current relationship with its traditional ideology. What […]

Public service reform gets the Rudd treatment

September 4, 2009

From The Australian: (Rudd) has asked Terry Moran, secretary of his Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to put together an advisory panel which will develop a discussion paper seeking ideas for reform by the end of this month. Unfortunately the syntax here is confusing but I guess that it means that the advisory panel […]

‘Making communism work’; aka award modernisation

September 3, 2009

Multi-employer awards are an Australian phenomenon and so is the herculean task of modernising them. As time goes by, and given the legalistic approach we take to these things, our award system starts to take on some of the characteristics of an archeological dig with layers of regulation piled on top of each other. Faced […]

Whitlam’s Grandkids – media coverage

August 30, 2009

In recent days I have secured some good media coverage for my research comparing the first speeches of the 2007 and 1983 ALP MP intakes; which I luridly titled “Whitlam’s Grandchildren: What the Class of 2007 tells us about the ALP”. Annabel Crabb wrote it up in the SMH Thursday (In Gough we Trust) which prompted […]

Whitlam’s Grandchildren: What the Class of 2007 can tell us about the ALP

August 11, 2009 3

Changes of government typically result in a flood of new members into the House of Representatives, especially, of course, on the winner’s side. After winning the election in 2007, 32 ALP members sat, and spoke, in the House of Representatives, for the first time, 39 per cent of Labor’s representation in the lower house. The […]

Tradies in political heaven

July 30, 2009

From my son: Rudd talked about a kid called Matt Jenkins who busted his arse to become a carpenter, “Matt the carpenter”, like “Joe the Plumber” at least it wasnt “Joesph the carpenter”

Laziness is not the way to the Lodge

July 30, 2009

Malcolm Turnbull has failed on two fronts this week, political donations and the ETS legislation. The idea that the Opposition will oppose the Government’s reforms on political donations because they don’t go far enough is pure poppycock. More serious is the admission that the Opposition will oppose the Government’s ETS legislation but will not put […]

Forget utegate, grocery choice …Conroy delivered the week’s worst decision

June 27, 2009 1

As widely reported, but over-shadowed by other scandals and fiascos, was Stephen Conroy’s decision to censor the internet more extensively than previously thought. This decision is likely to alienate a large swag of voters who are otherwise favourable to Labor. Inquisitr: “The Australian Minister for Censorship has today confirmed what I’ve been reporting for nearly […]