So long and thanks for all the fish
By Kim on September 8, 2011
So, the Gillard government continues its bizarre negotiations with the Coalition over some legislative way to effectively overturn the High Court’s decision on asylum seekers, and revive offshore processing. A dire warning was provided to the Coalition by the Secretary […]
By Kim on September 26, 2010
It’s interesting to contrast reports of two ALP reflections on the election result – one in Crikey on the thoughts of Victorian MP Martin Foley, and one in The Drum on a meeting of the NSW Right, penned by Glenn […]
By Kim on September 4, 2010
There’s an interesting article in The Australian today by Gabrielle Chan, looking at the rural discontent embodied in the rhetoric of the country Independents: The 2010 episode of “bush leverage” is a result of a backlash by conservatives against a […]
Posted in Australiana, Economics, Elections, Federal Elections, Policy, Politics, Politics of the Election, Sociology | Tagged Australian Greens, Federal Election 2010, financial markets, globalisation, Howardia, hung parliament, John Howard, Nationals, neo-liberalism, Paul Keating | 38 Responses
By Mark Bahnisch on August 20, 2010
Early this month, I contested the idea that this campaign was a boring race. It didn’t take long for that notion to be junked. But the perception that there’s no salient difference between the two parties has had a stronger […]
Posted in Federal Elections, Philosophy, Politics of the Election | Tagged Australian Greens, Culture Wars, Federal Election 2010, ideology, John Howard, Julia Gillard, liberalism, social democracy, statism, Tony Abbott | 17 Responses
By Kim on August 19, 2010
… though although I’m nodding to Robert Frost’s famous poem, read at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, I don’t think Mr Abbott is going without sleep because he has promises to keep: on his own admission, we have leave to doubt […]
By Mark Bahnisch on August 14, 2010
A week from now, we’ll be getting the earliest booth figures in from the count in Election Night 2010.
I’m starting to think it’s all over bar the shouting. The Prime Minister’s increasingly relaxed and confident style is central to Labor’s recovery.
Tony Abbott’s campaign has looked strangely static since his campaign launch. It’s not clear where the Opposition Leader goes from here, and the ALP will be hoping for a momentum boost near the finishing line from Monday’s launch.
By Kim on August 6, 2010
John Howard has returned to the campaign trail, in support of Tony Abbott.
By Kim on July 31, 2010
Jason Wilson has an excellent post over at Restless Capital on the history of political advertising, and a classification of the various types of ads. In case you need a reminder that some political ads have always been terrible, I […]
By Brian on July 4, 2010
There has been some discussion on Saturday Salon about the rejection by the International Cricket Council (ICC) of the nomination of John Howard as the next vice president and president elect of the ICC. It’s a four year part-time gig […]
By Kim on June 27, 2010
I admire Julia Gillard and always have. Those who’ve been around here for a long time, and have long memories, might recall that I was backing Gillard enthusiastically when Kim Beazley’s leadership was on its last legs. I welcome and […]
Posted in Disasters, Feminism, Politics, Relationships | Tagged ALP, Apology, Ethics, Federal election 2007, John Howard, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Kim Beazley, Labor, press conference, spill | 134 Responses
By Mark Bahnisch on June 8, 2010
I continue to be quite surprised at the levels of panic about the Labor party’s current polling predicament, and some of the reactions. The government’s response to the Nielsen poll yesterday was to point out that Tony Abbott stands a […]
Posted in Elections, Federal Elections, Politics, Politics of the Election, Polls, State & Territory Elections | Tagged ALP, Australian Greens, Coalition, cprs, ets, Federal Election 2010, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Labor, Liberal Party, Nielsen Poll, Paul Keating, polling, Queensland election 2009, Queensland Labor, resources tax, rspt, Rudd government, Tony Abbott | 246 Responses