Nick Xenophon has emerged as the go-to man for striking a deal with the Senate crossbench. Article for The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: crossbench, Nick Xenophon, Senate, The New Daily
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Running a government isn’t meant to be easy. It necessarily involves protecting and maintaining the well-being of millions while responsibly managing a budget of billions. And like some prime ministers before him, Abbott has been judged by voters as not having done a particularly sterling job in the first year of running his.
Whether one chooses to call the current state of play democracy or its warped and shadowy cousin, something in Australian politics will have to give in 2015: either the Government’s hardline approach to economic reform, Labor and the Greens’ equally uncompromising style, or the crossbenchers’ hold on the balance of power. Weekly column for The...
Abbott’s reshuffle may superficially appear to be a reset in preparation for 2015, but in reality it is more about the PM’s paranoia and tenuous leadership than it is about his Government’s rejuvenation.
Having fulfilled its obligation to produce the MYEFO, and reached a shared understanding with economic and other commentators about the state of the budget, the Government must now set about the task of crafting its second budget. Weekly column for The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: MYEFO, The Hoopla
Whether it has been solving the mystery of the missing parliament house cafeteria pool tables in Senate Estimates, giving the Coalition grief in Parliament, or working tirelessly to rid his own party of the scourge of corruption, Faulkner has earned the respect of many political operators and observers.
Through hubris and a seeming inability to get the politics right on pretty much anything, Abbott has managed to destroy any chance of his PPL policy ever seeing the light of day. Even more concerning is that the PM’s poor political instincts may also hinder the development of future childcare policy.
It’s the political equivalent of opening a Christmas gift only to find a lump of coal. That’s how Australian voters feel at the end of this first full year of the Abbott Government. Post for The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Abbott Government, The Hoopla
It’s time to end the use of kids as political props, and for campaign strategists to concede the value of doing so is outweighed by the additional burden it places on politicians’ families.