Tony Abbott is right — there is a big difference between the oustings of Kevin Rudd and Ted Baillieu. The Labor Party had a decent alternative, writes freelance writer and electoral analyst Stephen Luntz.
Labor’s exploitation of the 457 visa issues is just part of an attempt by all three parties to exploit immigration fears. Politicians are accusing each other of being soft, as the immigration debate plumbs new depths.
The Liberal campaign in WA has been a chaotic mess, with Colin Barnett’s Labor challenger Mark McGowan running well. Think the Liberals will be handily re-elected? Look closer, says former Labor adviser Luke Walladge.
Labor’s commitment to manufacturing differentiates it from the Coalition on economic policy, but both sides will face the same challenge no matter who wins the election. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.
Newspoll has Labor up further on a surprisingly strong result a fortnight ago: the Coalition’s two-party preferred lead is down from 54-46 to 53-47, and the primary votes are 35% for Labor (up two), writes William Bowe.
The upcoming Melbourne state by-election campaign has been sucked into the vortex of national politics, with journalists comparing the ALP vs Green state battle with their federal counterparts, says William Bowe.
If you can manage three terms as premier of NSW or Victoria without primary elections, maybe the problem isn’t the process after all, writes Luke Walladge, a long-time ALP member and former staffer and campaigner.
At least four state Labor branches have junked Julia Gillard’s urgings to hold primary preselections before the 2013 federal election, with NSW general secretary Sam Dastyari failing to rule out a series of feared National Executive interventions to protect incumbent MPs.
We were promised a Labor budget and we got one, at least Labor in its modern sense of a managerialist party that still faintly remembers the old nostrums of equity and opportunity that form what’s left of its core values.