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Leadership instability over nothing

June 30, 2018 - 12:00 -- Admin

Here’s a question: what program will Labor run to the next election on? If the answer it that it’s too early to tell, they’ll reveal their hand closer to the time, don’t want to make themselves a target etc. etc. etc then here’s another: what program did they run on at the last one? If the answer is as elusive as the name of the current Nationals leader, then it should be noted that this is not usual.

Two horse race

April 10, 2018 - 00:10 -- Admin

Monday’s 30th Newspoll passed with nothing much happening but a reminder as to why Abbott was dumped in the first place. It was media induced of course, but that does mean it is not A Thing. Newspoll has a currency in the media, and hence in the political class and it can often be a trigger for action (or at least an excuse for one). This time, however, the political side had no response it could make.

Sandbagging

March 19, 2018 - 08:30 -- Admin

Like two skilled limbo dancers, the major parties managed to stay on their feet this weekend despite the bar getting lower.

And lower the bar certainly got.

Borrowed time

February 5, 2018 - 08:33 -- Admin

There has been a growing observation in political commentary so far this year that Turnbull is beginning 2018 in a better shape than he has been in for some time, and even possibly a little better than Shorten, despite lagging him in the polls. While there is some basis to this, the reasons given are vague.