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Barrie Cassidy queers the pitch

May 1, 2015 - 21:53 -- Admin

Barrie Cassidy is one of the longest-serving members of the press gallery and the host of the ABC TV show Insiders. His analysis doesn't quite work because, like Michelle Grattan, he takes political developments as they happen without any real long-term perspective.Take this. The first questions are: what is "Plibersek's gay marriage pitch"? At what will it fail?

Expecting the unexpected

April 30, 2015 - 21:21 -- Admin

When any disaster happens it is reasonable to ask: could we have foreseen this, and could we have done anything to stop it?The deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been disastrous for Australia. People who once disdained them have been confronted with the awful unspinnable finality and barbarity of death, and government-mandated death at that.

Sweating the small stuff

April 18, 2015 - 18:00 -- Admin

Eventually, a section of the political class that has ascended to high office through back-room maneuverings and media stunts comes to the realisation that governing is more about day-to-day grind than maneuverings and stuntwork. This becomes the real test of the government. Some never recover from the shock: this is the point where ministers often come crashing down or quit 'unexpectedly' as some gobbet of Canberra gossip finally makes it into traditional media coverage.

With all due respect

April 7, 2015 - 22:41 -- Admin

Occasionally, press gallery journalists will show that they are even more dumb and/or sneaky in avoiding their central responsibility of telling us how we are governed.Soon after taking office, Tony Abbott hired a TV cameraman so he could shoot his own flattering footage and have it sent directly to newsrooms, bypassing the press gallery.

How I voted 2015

March 29, 2015 - 17:41 -- Admin

I went the polling booth with my young son, who has seen documentaries about the Great Barrier Reef and had the basics of the electoral system explained to him. He is convinced that voting Green will save the Reef, and having taken the how-to-vote from the Green person at the polling booth he waved it at me and said "this one. This one, Dad".

New South Wales twenty-fifteen

March 13, 2015 - 21:37 -- Admin

This NSW election is a bizarre one for me, on a number of levels. My Young Liberal contemporaries are in positions of power. Labor have sprung back with a series of positions that simply don't stand up to scrutiny. They are complaining about dodgy donations, particularly as none are coming to them.

What changed

March 8, 2015 - 08:00 -- Admin

All of the weak points of the Abbott government - except the deference shown to it by the press gallery - were on display a month ago, after the Queensland election. The press gallery has rallied to cover up those weak points once again, the co-dependency is back on and we are governed no better than we were a month ago.The reason why the Queensland election mattered is not just because the swing was so large - had that happened in Tasmania, it would be academic.