Prime Minister. Listen carefully. The media is powerful, very powerful. Our journalists write newspaper columns that lots of people read; they create news bulletins and current affairs programmes that many people hear and see; they conduct talkback to which countless people liste... Read More
Can you believe it? Here we are having public discourse about Kevin Rudd’s use of the phrase ‘fair shake of the sauce bottle’ – used three times in the one interview!!!!
First there is an academic argument about what the phrase really is. Is it ‘fair... Read More
Last week was one of the most politically eventful since the election of the Rudd Government. But how crucial was it to the future of the Government and the Opposition?
The National Accounts for the March Quarter showed a seasonally adjusted growth in GDP of 0.4%, avoiding two qu... Read More
They got their man. But who are ‘they’?
First it must be accepted that Joel Fitzgibbon shot himself in the foot – several times. So when it all boils down he has only himself to blame for his exit to the backbench. The first-revealed misdemeanours of not r... Read More
Just Me has provided me with the link to Barack Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday. For those wishing to read this important and well-received speech, click the title: Barack Obama’s prepared remarks to Cairo, Egypt
Your comments, as always, will be welcome.
“[His] answer, as always, is work and persistence. His schedule of travel and engagements reads like an election itinerary. Government sources say his advance teams are going flat out. He never misses an opportunity to grab a headline, giving opinions on everything from Art... Read More
The weekend papers have furnished us with yet another episode in the Joel Fitzgibbon affair. On March 26 the Sydney Morning Herald splashed the headline Defence leaks dirt file on own minister’ The Age and The Canberra Times did similarly. The story, by Philip Dorling... Read More
This is a follow up to a piece posted on 7 February Kevin Rudd’s essay on the global financial crisis and another piece posted a month later The Turnbull answer to the Rudd essay.
The Monthly, which published the Rudd essay, has published in its May issue The Rudd Essay & the Globa... Read More
What was intended to be a two part piece needs another – this is about TV and radio journalists.
Some of these are the most acerbic and intimidating interrogators. They look for and enjoy the gotcha moment, and because they are well known for this propensity, politicians are wary... Read More
The last piece How should we rate the quality of our political journalists? outlined the criteria that might apply when judging their quality. This piece reflects on individual journalists. Your views are invited.
First let’s deal with editorials which are a particular prob... Read More
Bell-shaped (Gaussian) curves abound in nature and human endeavour, no less among political journalists. They are scattered along a normal distribution curve in more ways than one. Their political orientation varies from the extremes of conservatism on the one hand, to extremes of soci... Read More
Although it might be hard to conjure up an image of Malcolm Turnbull, Joe Hockey and Helen Coonan doing the Coalition’s Budget Rap, it would not be difficult to imagine the words that would flow from their throats:
Deficit and debt,
Deficit and debt,
Deficit and debt as far as you can see... Read More
This book, edited by Peter van Onselen, is a mixture of good articles and several of indifferent quality. The introduction by the editor does not indicate how the authors were selected, nor whether those selected were given an open assignment to write what they pleased or whether t... Read More
He’s a Rhodes Scholar with a monumental brain. Yet when Malcolm Turnbull rose to speak at the National Press Club this week he seemed to have a memory lapse – he forgot the GFC. Read what he said and see if you can spot where he acknowledged it and the massive loss of reven... Read More
This piece suggests that the evolution of the global financial crisis is an exemplar of chaos theory. It begins with a brief outline of chaos theory, which is excerpted from Wikipedia‘s Chaos Theory.
The discoverer of chaos was Henri Poincaré in 1890, but Edward Lorenz is ... Read More
When Kevin Rudd suggested recently that in order to fund increased pension payments and unemployment benefits in the upcoming budget, a contribution to that should be forthcoming from those who are closer to the upper income bracket, Joe Hockey protested loudly that Rudd was playing ‘the pol... Read More
Remember what a hub-hub there was over Joel Fitzgibbon. First, without any help from Defence Department bureaucracy, he managed to foul up the Department’s pay system, targeting specifically SAS personnel on active duty, arranging for them to receive pay slips that indicated they were ... Read More
Late last year I wrote a rather long piece The curse of adversarial politics which was an update of an article I wrote for Possum Box in July, at the beginning of my blogging efforts. This morning, as I accessed the Liberal Party website to update a regular service on The Political Sword &nd... Read More
Have you noticed how uppity the media has been during the boat people tragedy? The annoyance has been evident when journalists have pressed Government ministers for information about this event. Laurie Oakes became irritated during his Channel Nine Sunday interview with Julia Gillard.&... Read More
The human suffering that lead to the recent boat people making a run for Australia and the physical and psychological trauma many of them have suffered in the explosion off Ashmore Reef, sadly is now being overshadowed by the politicisation of the event with predictable divisive effects in our c... Read More