I regard myself as a pretty hard nut to crack but I have to admit it... today I'm gobsmacked.
Gobsmacked... that yesterday The Australian could introduce an article by Mirko Bagaric - the man who wrote the book on torture ... Read More
Or, the Coalition and Murdoch Conspiracy to Co-opt the ABC for their own ends. This blog is a Call to Arms. It is time for all Australians of good conscience to act before it's too late. Like a wraith, Mr Murdoch moves stealthily but deliberately. His work is always in the background, but h... Read More
The opinion polls and betting markets indicate that the probability of Tony Abbott becoming PM and the Abbott Party taking power at the next election is increasing. To date a lot of attention has been focussed by the media and the Abbott Party on Kevin Rudd and his performance, and he’s ... Read More
Peter Hartcher, in a column titled How a toxic elixir destroyed the prism of trust, has starkly set out a potential disaster scenario for Labor in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald: Australians will never see Rudd in the same light again. Every policy will now be seen as just an... Read More
From stratospheric, even unrealistic heights, Kevin Rudd’s popularity has rather suddenly become much less, according to opinion polls. Why is this so? There is any number of journalists who are willing, even eager to offer their opinions, attributing it to this or that – the... Read More
Tony Abbott loves using buzzwords, as do most effective conservative communicators these days. These people are the inheritors of the Newt Gingrich conservative political legacy, which I have referred to before. Not only have they taken their communication cues from the infamous Mr Gingrich's li... Read More
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.
Please le... Read More
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