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Labor should let a Coalition government govern

July 9, 2016 - 19:47 -- Admin

And now for something completely different. That's what the re-installed Bill Shorten should embrace. Instead of following the traditional path of obstructionism, let the Coalition government govern.Accept that the Liberal-National Coalition has won an election and let their major policies pass through the parliament. Forget about whether Labor can marshal a majority in the Senate to obstruct and delay. Make the minor parties and independents an irrelevance.

Predicting the election result: They'll all sink or swim together

July 1, 2016 - 16:32 -- Admin

No one among the media pundits is prepared to be different. From what I have seen, every last one of them reckons Malcolm Turnbull is going to be a winner. There's safety in being one of the herd. If Turnbull doesn't stay Prime Minister then at least the experts will be able to say "we all went down together".But let me dare to be different. I don't have one of those shrinking jobs in journalism to worry about. Being wrong has no potential monetary loss for me.

The power of a ratings downgrade - the UK example

June 30, 2016 - 09:09 -- Admin

A peripheral issue in the Australian election campaign is the danger of a downgrade by those dreaded ratings agencies. Listen to some of the political talk and you would think that the danger of the Australian government losing its triple A status would send us to debtors prison because of higher interest rate.I was intrigued this morning to look at what has happened in the UK since the post-Brexit downgrading of its credit rating.

The political speculator's diary: Punters losing faith in the pollsters - the Brexit...

June 19, 2016 - 23:38 -- Admin

Believe the opinion polls and the punters would have the choices in the UK's Brexit referendum at even money take your pick. For several weeks now there has been nothing between stay and leave in the measurements of public opinion. If anything, leave is ever so slightly in front.

Xenophon threatens massive retaliation against any Lib-Lab deal against him

June 13, 2016 - 09:31 -- Admin

Michelle Grattan, University of CanberraLabor is heaving a sigh of relief after Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement that the Liberals will put the Greens below Labor everywhere.In particular, the embattled Labor MP for Batman, David Feeney, under serious threat from the Greens, has been given extra life support, although it remains to be se