The Henry Review is out and the economics commentators, along with journalists, some of whom have not shown much aptitude for economics, are out there going hell for leather giving us their learned opinions. How much credence do we give them, even when they seem to be singing in harmony?
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I’ve been wondering what chronic disability it is that has been afflicting so much of the media, wondering why its political commentary is so predictable yet so often lacking in depth, so devoid of clarifying insights. Where have the competent columnists gone? We know there... Read More
Or, 'Change You Can't Believe In'.
G'day. This is the first in an occasional series of commentary pieces that I will be submitting in the run-up to our federal election. Merely one other perspective, but one which I hope you will find interesting and informative and goo... Read More
Once again the Liberals have shown themselves to be the party of ‘No’. Premier Colin Barnett of Western Australia has taken his bat and ball and gone home from the Health negotiations.
Whenever the Liberals' vote is needed in the national interest they withhold it. Wherever c... Read More
The only tenable answer is ‘sometimes’. This Sunday’s Insiders was balanced, many other editions, not. I expect most political tragics take a look at this programme on ABC TV each week. In recent times there have been complaints on this blog site and elsewhere a... Read More
It was a comment on The Poll Bludger by Bushfire Bill that prompted me to write this satirical piece, a mock memo from the proprietors of News Limited to their political columnists.
As you are well aware, newspapers are losing circulation and advertising revenue.&nbs... Read More
The decision of the Rudd Government to suspend temporarily the processing of applications for refugee status of Afghans and Sri Lankans has had a mixed reception. Some applaud it as a sensible measure to enable better identification of those entitled to be categorized as refugees, especially... Read More
Most nations have some shame in their history, Australia no less. The treatment of our indigenous people and the abuse of ‘orphans’ brought to Australia after the Second World War were shameful, and have only recently evoked an official national apology from our Prime Minister.&n... Read More
We all know Tony Abbott is ‘authentic’, which presumably means that what he says is what he really thinks. We know with Barnaby Joyce, the great ‘retail politician’, that what comes out of his mouth is unadulterated Barnaby. What rational media advisor would hav... Read More
With a quasi-election campaign already underway, and an increasing number of issues upon which to comment, the Easter break seems a good time for The Political Sword to review its modus operandi, and provide a chance for visitors to express their views about how TPS should proceed.
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The arena is strewn with dead bodies. Howard, Costello, Downer, Vaile, Nelson, Turnbull, Joyce, Minchin, Brough are names that come to mind. Hockey, knocked over by his own weight in a friendly rugby match only groggily recovered from the impact. Their clarion caller... Read More
At the National Press Club in Canberra on 22 March, ten journalists were given the privilege of addressing questions to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on the subject of their debate, health and hospitals reform, a debate that was critiqued in the previous piece: Comprehending ... Read More
The tone was set at the beginning when a smiling Kevin Rudd shook hands with a scowling Tony Abbott. I saw three different photos of the handshake; all were the same. Did anyone see a smiling Abbott? Was this another Latham moment? Abbott seemed to be spoiling for a fight, ... Read More
Regulars here will know that my last piece was entitled Is Rudd tying the bootstrappers’ bootlaces for them? I argued that Rudd’s mea culpa had been an unnecessary concession to a media bootstrap campaign, unwisely and retrospectively bestowing ... Read More
If you doubt if there is a war, look at the News Limited papers over the last few days.
First, look at Rudd stimulus drove up rates by David Uren in Friday’s Australian which begins “The rapid jobs growth of the past five months has come to a halt, with new figures showing ... Read More
It’s probably not possible to accurately define the ‘Canberra Press Gallery’; in this piece I’m referring to the journalists who get to ask guest speakers at National Press Club events most of the questions, and those who report on federal politics.
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If Kevin Rudd thought Insulgate was going to go away with a mea culpa, he was wrong. Note that I refer to ‘Insulgate’... the beat up, the bootstrap, not the reality-based situation.
We have seen recently the first (and perhaps the last) attempts at fac... Read More
We all know how the media can engineer a beat-up on almost any issue, but can anyone recall a more flagrant beat-up than we’ve seen around the Government’s Home Insulation Program?
It’s hard to determine whether this beat-up is groupthink gone ballistic, with almost everyon... Read More
Bushfire Bill’s last piece A Triumphant Return or the Last Hurrah? and the many comments it attracted, exposed many instances of second-rate journalism, leading me, and visitors, to ask “What has become of journalism in this country?” This piece attempts to tease out h... Read More
On Friday, Tony Abbott, whom I have already spotted as a serial confessor of sins, made another confession. It was startling in its frankness. To quote the ABC online story:
“Mr Abbott ... told the Examiner he disliked the ‘Captain Catholic ... Read More