The consensus in political science and journalism for a generation has been that the major parties are converging in terms of policy and personnel-types. There's a lot to commend that theory, what with the political class and Large and Powerful Interests and so on. The last hold-out, it seemed, was in workplace relations.
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The reshuffle is interesting for how this government sees itself.
First, it's limited in scope, which reinforces Abbott's idea that there isn't much wrong with the government that a bit of spin can't fix. It also reinforces the idea that shifting some of the government's alternative leaders - Bishop, Turnbull, and yes even Hockey - would be career-limiting for Abbott.
Peta Credlin was one of the few Coalition staffers willing or able to stick around after the downfall of the Howard government. She hadn't landed a top-flight lobbying job or a seat in Parliament or simply buggered off to that old shack in the hills/sand dunes. Nor had she embarrassed herself like some did who couldn't really believe that, after 11 years, it really was all over.
... For mine own good,All causes shall give way. I am in bloodStepped in so far that, should I wade no more,Returning were as tedious as go o'er.Strange things I have in head, that will to hand,Which must be acted ere they may be scanned.- William Shakespeare Macbeth Act III Scene IV
Short answerYes! Very much. Some of my best friends, etc. I will be Christmassing there. God bless you all. Yesterday saw one of the few election results where my prediction was the same as what ended up happening, so I'm quite pleased about that. No, I meant politically. You know, the big picture. Napthine's loss as a harbinger for AbbottOh no, of course not. Well, not necessarily. Menzies said that the Liberal Party was for all Australians, beholden to none.
All media organisations fancy themselves as political players. In 2013 the traditional media ganged up on the Rudd-Gillard government and levered it from office. Now, the traditional media don't really understand politics, can't report on it, and can't influence it. The ABC's response to politics takes this to a whole new level.Stop me if you've heard this beforeTraditional media organisations represented in the press gallery came to dislike the previous government.
I don't care how many prima donnas there are so long as I am prima donna assoluta.- Gough Whitlam (1916-2014)
The press gallery went to the last election conveying the impression that Coalition policy, even though it existed in scant detail, was immeasurably better than Labor policy on all fronts. Then, when the Coalition started going back on pre-election commitments, the press gallery just got confused.