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What the dead cat tells us

May 22, 2016 - 09:03 -- Admin

I still think Turnbull is running this campaign as one long validated learning exercise. It might not do him any good, but if there is any method behind the madness I'd suggest that is it. US campaigns run for more than a year; political consultants from there struggle with our relatively compressed campaigns, and with compulsory voting.

Ahead of time

May 14, 2016 - 13:12 -- Admin

Starting a company is like throwing yourself off the cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.- Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn

Mummies and daddies

April 20, 2016 - 23:23 -- Admin

It's long been a cliche of US politics that Republicans are the daddy party while Democrats are the mommy party: Republicans believe (ostensibly) in punishment for wrongdoing and rewards for doing the right thing, while Democrats just want to make sure everyone's healthy and doing well at school. Australian politics seems to be moving along similar lines, with the major parties selecting candidates that reinforce those images in their very bodies. We all want security in an uncertain world.

Some sort of difference

April 5, 2016 - 20:25 -- Admin

Yesterday gave several great examples of why the press gallery's insistence on a narrative - and cramming everything that may happen into it - produces such terrible journalism. Kevin Andrews is not going to be Prime Minister. He's not even the next Liberal Opposition Leader.

Heave away, haul away

March 26, 2016 - 21:05 -- Admin

Critics of privatisation and outsourcing often complain you can go too far, that by hiving off "non-essential" functions you end up compromising some part of the organisation that is essential to its survival. Despite what organisational theorists say, there often is no clear line between essential and non-essential functions, and plenty of smart and experienced people have gotten that wrong. So have the South Australian Liberals.

The worst kind of political journalism

March 9, 2016 - 22:59 -- Admin

No political journalism can ever be good if it patronises the people to whom it reports.Politicians regularly call press conferences for journalists to ask questions. Mostly, their questions are inane - rather than ask better questions, press gallery journalists simply petition the ABC (the network that most often carries live press conferences) to muffle the often silly and ill-considered questions they ask.

2010 again

March 7, 2016 - 22:20 -- Admin

The 2010 election, and the parliamentary term that followed it, is seen as a freaky time in Australian politics. Minor scandals (e.g. Gillard's bathroom, Thomson's pants, Slipper's diary, Kelly's solvency) assumed seismic importance. Neither Labor nor the Coalition held a majority in their own right. Neither of them, nor the press gallery, were comfortable with this situation becoming the new normal. But it did for a while, and it will again.

Quality control

March 3, 2016 - 23:54 -- Admin

Australia has a two-party system, where the Labor Party and an established Coalition of parties contend to form government. Each of these parties (the Liberals in particular as the lead party in the Coalition) have a responsibility to choose candidates worthy of the responsibilities of government.