The last piece How should we rate the quality of our political journalists? outlined the criteria that might apply when judging their quality. This piece reflects on individual journalists. Your views are invited.
First let’s deal with editorials which are a particular prob... Read More
Bell-shaped (Gaussian) curves abound in nature and human endeavour, no less among political journalists. They are scattered along a normal distribution curve in more ways than one. Their political orientation varies from the extremes of conservatism on the one hand, to extremes of soci... Read More
Although it might be hard to conjure up an image of Malcolm Turnbull, Joe Hockey and Helen Coonan doing the Coalition’s Budget Rap, it would not be difficult to imagine the words that would flow from their throats:
Deficit and debt,
Deficit and debt,
Deficit and debt as far as you can see... Read More
This book, edited by Peter van Onselen, is a mixture of good articles and several of indifferent quality. The introduction by the editor does not indicate how the authors were selected, nor whether those selected were given an open assignment to write what they pleased or whether t... Read More
He’s a Rhodes Scholar with a monumental brain. Yet when Malcolm Turnbull rose to speak at the National Press Club this week he seemed to have a memory lapse – he forgot the GFC. Read what he said and see if you can spot where he acknowledged it and the massive loss of reven... Read More
This piece suggests that the evolution of the global financial crisis is an exemplar of chaos theory. It begins with a brief outline of chaos theory, which is excerpted from Wikipedia‘s Chaos Theory.
The discoverer of chaos was Henri Poincaré in 1890, but Edward Lorenz is ... Read More
When Kevin Rudd suggested recently that in order to fund increased pension payments and unemployment benefits in the upcoming budget, a contribution to that should be forthcoming from those who are closer to the upper income bracket, Joe Hockey protested loudly that Rudd was playing ‘the pol... Read More
Remember what a hub-hub there was over Joel Fitzgibbon. First, without any help from Defence Department bureaucracy, he managed to foul up the Department’s pay system, targeting specifically SAS personnel on active duty, arranging for them to receive pay slips that indicated they were ... Read More
Late last year I wrote a rather long piece The curse of adversarial politics which was an update of an article I wrote for Possum Box in July, at the beginning of my blogging efforts. This morning, as I accessed the Liberal Party website to update a regular service on The Political Sword &nd... Read More
Have you noticed how uppity the media has been during the boat people tragedy? The annoyance has been evident when journalists have pressed Government ministers for information about this event. Laurie Oakes became irritated during his Channel Nine Sunday interview with Julia Gillard.&... Read More
The human suffering that lead to the recent boat people making a run for Australia and the physical and psychological trauma many of them have suffered in the explosion off Ashmore Reef, sadly is now being overshadowed by the politicisation of the event with predictable divisive effects in our c... Read More
As with the global financial crisis where a vast amount of uninformed comment was made by economists and journalists on a subject none of them really understood, are we seeing something similar with the national broadband network (NBN) proposal announced by the Government last week?
A brief hi... Read More
To borrow a term from Malcolm Turnbull himself, his unpopularity seems to be the result of Turnbull’s Terrible Trifecta. More of that later.
There’s not much need to emphasize Turnbull’s contemporary unpopularity – it’s all over the air waves and the ... Read More
Another Newspoll today, the Essential Research Report yesterday, Morgan last Friday and ACNielsen last Monday, all give the same message – the Rudd Government is very popular and the PM enjoys high approval and high preferred PM ratings. Today’s Newspoll has the 2PP back at the F... Read More
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