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Liberal Leader contest: A Labor supporters' form guide

Trevor CookDec 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

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

Trevor CookNov 9, 20094 Comments

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 strateg

Social democracy deracinated

Trevor CookSep 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 w

Public service reform gets the Rudd treatment

Trevor CookSep 4, 2009

From The Australian: (Rudd) has asked Terry Moran, secretary of his Department of Pr

'Making communism work'; aka award modernisation

Trevor CookSep 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 a

Whitlam's Grandkids - media coverage

Trevor CookAug 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 can tell us about the ALP

Trevor CookAug 11, 20093 Comments

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 wi

Tradies in political heaven

Trevor CookJul 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 "J

Laziness is not the way to the Lodge

Trevor CookJul 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 donation

Forget utegate, grocery choice ...Conroy delivered the week's worst decision

Trevor CookJun 27, 20091 Comment

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 like