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Apr 16, 2012

Power in Canberra: parties fractured by inexperience

Political power in Canberra has changed in Australia in recent decades. It has become harder than ever to effectively use.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Political power in Canberra has changed in Australia in recent decades. It has become harder than ever to effectively use.

True, the financial and legal power of the federal government has grown steadily at the expense of the states through years of centralisation. But there have been other forces at work. Privatisation has removed major areas of economic activity from political control. Governments are under constant pressure to adhere to the broad economic “Washington consensus” of budget discipline, deregulation, privatisation and low taxes. An independent Reserve Bank controls monetary policy. A floating currency and a liberal foreign investment further minimise the role of government.

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31 thoughts on “Power in Canberra: parties fractured by inexperience

  1. Suzanne Blake

    Gillard and Swan have been saying for 12 months or more that is struggle to effectively communicate with the electorate.

    Gillard added 200 staff in the last budget and the same excuse prevails.

    Perhaps the penny is not dropping that the electorate does not like her message, as experience in the last two State election, where there was Federal spill over.

    Votes have more information now, more sources, more arguement and less of the ABC’s left wing bias as there are more alternatives to reality

  2. SBH

    Gillard to John Brumby during his period as Victorian opposition leader; Rudd traded in his diplomatic career to work for Queensland premier Wayne Goss; Abbott was a journalist and then media adviser to John Hewson; Hockey worked for NSW premier John Fahey.

    duds one and all:
    Brumby turfed as opposition leader and famously impervious to polling and stats he didn’t like;
    Goss Won with a bigger swing than Campbell Newman only to p!ss it away by 1995
    John Hewson? nuff said;
    And John Fahey lost to the far cleverer Bob Carr;

    What classrooms!

  3. SBH

    ah pipped at the post by the Abbott office mouthpiece

  4. Filth Dimension

    dickhead ^

  5. Filth Dimension

    soz SBH- that was meant for the “first to post last to think” Suzanne Blake.

  6. kennethrobinson2

    If Gillard, wasnt so dull and boring to listen to, maybe people would listen to her message, definately the wrong person to LEAD??.
    I am going to get some recordings of her speeches, to use to put me to sleep.
    Hopefully, Christine will bring some sense and interest to parliament!, surely we deserve better than the present crop of seat-warmers.

  7. shepherdmarilyn

    What has border protection got to do with anything.

    Why does every freaking bloviator and mindlessly cretinous commentator have to use that expression.

  8. Michael de Angelos

    BK has completely avoided the role of a partisan media.

    Led by Limited News which has dragged Fairfax down to it’s level, Australians are badly served by a corrupt media that reports scandal , gossip and press releases as real news.

    The real rot began with the claims Paul Keating was “arrogant”, repeated ad finitum by Packer’s network and News Corp and eventually picked up by others like Fairfax who perpetuated it as the claim that “Keating is perceived as arrogant” myth until every man and his dog believed it.

    We witnessed just recently the corruption of the media promoting a handful of billionaire mine owners anti-tax campaign and not one single ghastly hack ( except Ross Gittins) bothered to investigate the truth of the mines situation.

    Now we know that these wealthy mine workers (unlike the deceitful adverts on TV which depict them as homes pun Aussies) blow into towns, drive up rents and spend little money there, departing as quickly as they came while mine owners buy steel abroad.

    How can you not equate the media as part of the problem?.

    In the end we get KENNETHROBINSON2 saying “if Gillard wasn’t so dull” as though Howard was the life of the party. Gillard’s policies and actions are what count as where Howard’s when he invaded 2 countries that never harmed Australia.

  9. SBH

    no worries filth, I laughed

  10. izatso?

    Agree Angrily, @MdeA, well put, this Dodgy Media just lick each other.

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