No it’s not a misprint for ‘scrum’; I mean ‘scum’.
This piece has been evoked by this morning’s media story in News Limited papers lead by The Daily Telegraph with headlines PM’s jet temper tantrum – Rudd made hostie cry complete with a p... Read More
The back cover of the book points to one of the themes that run through The Costello Memoirs: “How did it come to this? How did a Government that had created such an Age of Prosperity, such a proud and prosperous country, now find itself in the wilderness?” Written ni... Read More
Whatever it was that precipitated the linking of Joel Fitzgibbon to Helen Liu, it has created a firestorm of ‘we need to watch China’ sentiment. In just two of today's newspapers, Fairfax’s Melbourne Age, and Murdoch’s The Australian, there were about a dozen arti... Read More
Tony Abbott knows that perception is everything in politics. So he has embarked on a campaign to label Kevin Rudd a ‘bore’, and just too add a splash of colour, no matter how meaningless, he adds the prefix ‘toxic’. Would he have ever selected such an adjective ... Read More
Now that the tumultuous last week of parliamentary sitting is behind you, I suppose it’s a time for reflection. Time for you to ask: ‘How am I doing?’ Time to check the compass, time to contemplate how to achieve better outcomes – unless of course you’re q... Read More
Steve Fielding has one vote, which he has the right to exercise, although he could hardly claim to ‘represent’ Victorians, having garnered less than 2% of the Senate vote. Yesterday saw him exercise that vote against the alcopops legislation, thereby sinking it by one v... Read More
Asked by a viewer last Sunday on Channel Ten’s Meet The Press why the Government and the Opposition could not work together collaboratively to manage the nation’s response to the GFC, Agriculture Minister Tony Burke responded by pointing out that “Mr Turnbull changes his position... Read More
Media people yearn for the scoop, the breaking story they get to first. They dream of being ahead of the pack, of upstaging their competitors. They pursue their dreams every day. But today’s politicians watch every word they utter, fearful of saying something that will come... Read More
The reappearance of Peter Costello over recent weeks has heightened speculation that he will soon take a run at the leadership. Rumours filtered out today that he now has the numbers in the Liberal party room to roll Malcolm Turnbull if it came to a challenge.
As asserted in an earlier... Read More
In an article in The Weekend Australian of 7-8 March titled PM's cheap money shot Malcolm Turnbull responds to Kevin Rudd’s essay in The Monthly, The Global Financial Crisis – (first 1500 words of the Rudd essay here). Turnbull’s piece is worth reading as it gives ... Read More
Aspiration to the highest office in the land is the ambition of most senior politicians. So after so many years coveting that position, it came as a bolt from the blue when Peter Costello declined leadership after it was offered on a plate right after the 2007 election. A role outside ... Read More
Metaphors abound around the global financial crisis. The Government says we’re facing a global tsunami, and we can’t swim against that sort of tide. We’re in a ship in stormy waters battling the elements. In the wake of Victoria’s bushfires, it’s sur... Read More
So much of life is predicated on a capacity to predict. We want to know what the weather is predicted to be tomorrow, this week, next week. We want our doctor to predict the likely progression of our illnesses and the effect of treatment. Investors would like to know what the sto... Read More
Recently Mark Bahnisch of blogsite Larvatus Prodeo said he "...would be interested in what LP folks think makes an excellent piece of online writing in journalistic form...a set of criteria distinctive to feature writing or reportage produced specifically for the online medium rather than print... Read More
Like kids at the end of the school holidays, some of our journalists are bored stiff. They want some excitement to make their dull life a little more bearable. The Press Gallery sits in Parliament, hangs around the precinct looking for doorstops, dwelling on the occasional press confer... Read More
This week’s Newspoll must be a worry for the Coalition, showing as it does the same 2PP of 58/42 as the poll in early February. Since that poll the Opposition has made a display of what it believed was economic responsibility by opposing the fiscal stimulus package, a move it hop... Read More
There seems to be little disagreement, even amongst his detractors, that Malcolm Turnbull is highly intelligent. It almost goes without saying.
Yet how can someone with his purported intelligence do such dumb things all through last week? Is it because intelligence is not a homog... Read More
On Friday last Possum Comitatus on his Crikey site Pollytics in a piece titled Unleash Your Inner Liberal Strategist asked readers to devise a Liberal Party strategy to become electorally competitive again. So far 38 have commented. Here was my contribution, minimally modified, [... Read More
The National Day of Mourning for those affected by the February 7 bushfires in Victoria has been crowned this morning by a moving heart-warming event at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. With Ian Henderson of ABC Melbourne TV as the dignified MC, the service proceeded faultlessly through music, ... Read More
The central problem with economists is that not one of them fully understands how the world economy came to be in the mess it’s in. They can give partial explanations that describe a series of events and actions that have brought us to where we are, but these explanations are always in... Read More