How do you react to journalists who quote ‘informed sources’ or ‘senior public servants’ or ‘experienced politicians’ but never name them? How much credence do you place on such anonymous sources? How reliable do you believe this ‘reporting&rsq... Read More
Just when it was hoped that a change of leader might bring a less opportunistic approach to opposition than did Brendan Nelson, Malcolm Turnbull outdoes his predecessor by turning up the heat on Kevin Rudd about his visit to the US.
We all know why Rudd is going – to speak to the... Read More
Political commentators thrive on controversy, upheaval, changing fortunes, changing circumstances. They particularly enjoy a contest between political parties, between opposing leaders and between ministers and their counterparts, and the more bloodshed the better. They are like specta... Read More
The Liberal Party is still mourning its loss of Government. As pointed out by Maxine McKew on the ABC TV’s Q&A last Thursday, Peter Costello’s Memoirs, written well after the loss, express surprise that a Government that had done so much, which had governed Australia during s... Read More
When Malcolm Turnbull first entered parliament he cut an impressive figure. Good looking, personable, articulate, experienced, knowledgeable, well informed, and credible. His utterances exuded common sense. He said what he thought, and it sounded convincing. He came with a ... Read More
How many times have we heard that ‘being Opposition Leader is the hardest job in politics’? Almost since the day Brendan Nelson was elected we have heard this mantra from Coalition members, increasingly in recent months as Nelson’s performance failed to improve. There... Read More
What happened? Why? What’s next? are questions we all ask. Peter Costello has given us his answers to the first in The Costello Memoirs. But not why, and what’s next?
Why did he never challenge for the leadership? Why didn’t he accept it after the... Read More
Part 1 – What is a political narrative?
The recent media obsession with finding Kevin Rudd’s ‘narrative’ came to a head last month with Jack the Insider’s blog in The Australian In search of the Rudd narrative. It attracted 386 comments. But so far n... Read More
This is the first posting of The Political Sword blog. Its focus is Australian politics.It is intended to give expression to those who have opinions about contemporary political events. In particular it will provide a forum for exposing deception among politicians, bureaucrats and commentato... Read More