After media speculation that intensified over the weekend, Julie Bishop has just announced she is stepping down from the Shadow Treasurer role, and will take up the Shadow Foreign Affairs job. No mention yet of what Helen Coonan will do or who will take Bishop’s job. Joe Hockey a... Read More
First you may wish to read her piece in The Australian on 10 February.
What is the message she sends about Kevin Rudd? Her conclusion spells it out: “With philosophical principles impossible to pin down, his only consistent and coherent belief is in political power. Every Rudd po... Read More
An alternative title could have been ‘What is the Coalition up to?’ but it seems as if opposing the Government’s economic stimulus package is Turnbull’s initiative, possibly urged on by the young turks in the party room who want to take the fight up to Kevin Rudd.&nbs... Read More
This Wednesday past the February issue of The Monthly reached the newsstands. The lead article, Kevin Rudd’s The Global Financial Crisis, is informative. Few will read it; those interested in economics and the current crisis should if they want insight into Rudd’s thinking.... Read More
The Government has released its latest stimulus package. The Opposition knew it was coming. So what did it do to contain the positive political advantage the package is already bringing to Kevin Rudd and his Government? Let’s look at what it said before the package was rele... Read More
It would be presumptuous to use Martin Luther King’s 'I have a dream’ theme; modesty dictates I use ‘I have a hope’.
I have a hope that one day the MSM will understand the use of language in Australian politics; I underscore Australian, because language here is un... Read More
The Political Sword resumes usual activity today. With the resumption of Federal Parliament tomorrow, there will be plenty of political activity upon which to comment.
The prime focus of this site is Federal politics, the reporting of it, and the comments and opinions expressed i... Read More
I have added two features to Blog Watch – Government Watch and Opposition Watch. They are located in the right margin under 'site pages'. Despite the ridicule to which the suffix ‘Watch’ has been subjected by the media (it’s almost as gross as addin... Read More
The last week before Christmas is upon us. Let’s hope Kevin 24/7 hasn’t morphed into Kevin 24/365, and that for the sake of his health he takes a long break, and a real one, and gives all we political tragics a spell for a few weeks.
It’s been a long and frantic year.... Read More
It started about 18 months ago when Kevin Rudd, with the state premiers, commissioned Ross Garnaut to address climate change. Yesterday the long-awaited White Paper was launched. It will form the basis of legislation to be introduced into parliament next year.
The reaction ... Read More
Kevin Rudd and his Government have had a good year. The catalogue of achievements is vast, from the symbolic to the substantial, from the carefully considered moves to the emergency measures taken in response to the GFC. There’s no need to elaborate; the public can see what the G... Read More
Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is steaming slowly into port for a period in dry dock after skirmishes in open waters not far from the coast. Hopes were high that routine maintenance would be all that was needed, but several recent encounters with the good ship Her Majesty’s Gover... Read More
On the final morning of Federal Parliament for 2008, Kevin Rudd thanked his party members, his staff, and Leader of Government business, Anthony Albanese (Albo), and said nice things about Malcolm Turnbull and Joe Hockey, Leader of Opposition business. Malcolm Turnbull reciprocated with simi... Read More
A man with a background like Malcolm Turnbull shouldn’t make so many mistakes. An ex-merchant banker, Goldman Sachs manager, businessman, barrister, politician and Opposition Leader should be more perspicacious. He doesn’t seem to understand what he’s doing.
Ear... Read More
Dennis Shanahan was the first to use the term ‘benchmark’ in his 27 November piece in The Australian Rudd sails on perilous waters to identify the criteria of success, or failure, of the Rudd Government’s budget strategy according to the economic oracle, Malcolm Turnbull.
L... Read More
We’ve a pretty smart Government, but what would it be without the guidance of the genius that suffuses the Opposition benches?
Ever since the top genius was elected to the position of Opposition Leader, there has been a flood of sage advice flowing from him to the Government on al... Read More
In an earlier piece on The Political Sword The emerging Opposition strategy I wrote that one of Malcolm Turnbull’s strategies “...seems to be to try to anticipate Government moves and pre-empt them by stating what should be done, and occasionally what he would do. The former... Read More
The weekend and today’s media have been full of assessments of Kevin Rudd’s and his Government’s first year.
First the positive. Paul Kelly writing in The Weekend Australian 22-23 November begins his piece First among equals with “Kevin Rudd never imagined a yea... Read More
This new page points to material posted on political websites, initially in Australia. It can be accessed by clicking the Blog Watch link in the upper right margin under 'site pages'. It is provided as a service along the lines Crikey provides Richard Farmer's Breakfast Med... Read More
The call for Kevin Rudd to use his speechwriter seems to be gathering momentum. There have been calls for this from Bob Hawke, Paul Keating’s speech-writer, Don Watson, Bob Ellis and sundry columnists, most recently Samantha Maiden, online political editor for The Australian in a piece... Read More