Those involved in primary health care will smile wryly as they read the Final Report of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission of June 2009 - A Healthier Future For All Australians released yesterday and peruse the proposed elements for redesigning the health system. The fi... Read More
How many, other than those steeped in environmental science, have a clear idea about what is entailed in the Government’s CPRS? Ordinary people could be forgiven for feeling that they are flying through thick climate change fog in an ill-defined direction towards an uncertain destinati... Read More
It’s happened before, but criticism of Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts has been re-kindled following his approval of mining at the Four Mile uranium mine in South Australia. In accepting the conclusions of two independent reviews of the likely environ... Read More
The last two pieces on The Political Sword: Let’s leave it to Kevin and Media flounders over the Hu affair have focussed on the media handling of the Stern Hu affair. Concluding comments in those pieces pointed to ‘...all the hype, conjecture, misinformation, and ill-conside... Read More
What a week of predictions, ponderous opinions, shrill warnings and learned views we have had from Australia’s media about the Stern Hu affair. Let’s chronicle them, and in the interest of reasonable brevity, let’s confine ourselves mainly to what has appeared in The Austra... Read More
Those who seek to understand the intricacies of the Hu affair and its implications for this nation could be excused for being cynical and disappointed at the media’s efforts to inform us. It has floundered around with little purpose, insight or even native intelligence. Its cravi... Read More
We’re halfway through the Rudd Government’s first term, but if rumour becomes reality the next election may be just nine months away, in March 2010. Then electors will have to decide whether to give Kevin Rudd, his ministers and his parliamentary team another term or, assuming no... Read More
The Political Sword has been upgraded with additions to the items under site pages in the right panel. These include Blog Watch, Sword Watch, Liberal Watch, Nationals Watch and Greens Watch. [more]
Blog Watch is a feature that facilitates access to a wide variety of Australian politica... Read More
There has been much angst exhibited in recent weeks by newspaper executives, editors and journalists about the future of newspapers and the evolution of online news content and opinion. In his speech to the National Press Club The Future of Journalism on July 1, John Hartigan, CEO of Ne... Read More
Three weeks ago you, the media, took a satirical swipe at me on The Political Sword in The media to the PM – we have a problem. Let me now return the compliment.
You began: “Prime Minister. Listen carefully. The media is powerful, very powerful. Our journa... Read More
The Coalition is close to a black hole, and if it doesn’t change course, it will be sucked in. If it had any doubt about whether its behaviour and that of its leader were being observed by the voters, that should now be dispelled after this week’s polling. That such a rapid... Read More
Open letter to the people of Australia
There have been a lot of nasty things said about me this last week, so unjust, so scurrilous. You’d expect the Government to indulge in gutter politics, they’re Labor after all, but for journalists and even some of my Coalition colleag... Read More
Cronyism refers to giving appointments of authority on the basis of friendship, or in this country mateship, regardless of qualifications, rather than through the practice and principles of meritocracy. So to accuse Labor, and in particular Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan of cronyism over the OzCa... Read More
The events of the week have given new significance to the title of Annabelle Crabb’s Quarterly Essay about the ‘Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull’ – Stop at Nothing. This piece is to draw comparisons between Turnbull’s past behaviour and that which he has ... Read More
‘Where there’s smoke there’s fire’ might have been more apt as a title, but no one will mistake what ‘The old rusty ute’ is about. But as we know, it’s not really about the ute at all. Those who know the story well might wish to skip to the ana... Read More
Given his past history, it might not be unreasonable to query whether this is really his exit. There is still eighteen months to go, so unless he becomes mute until the next election, or retires soon and brings on a by-election, we will hear more from him. There have been several artic... Read More
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