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David MacCormack

Failed public servant

Bipartisanism shock: all hands in the pork barrel

Bipartisanism shock: all hands in the pork barrel

Nick Minchin acted to gag the Australian National Audit Office. So did Robert Ray, writes David MacCormack.

MacCormack: Bigger targets, bigger political stakes

MacCormack: Bigger targets, bigger political stakes

The new Government’s first few months have been marked by an unexpected political adroitness. But the Garnaut review and the Government’s response come with altogether higher political stakes than we’ve seen so far – not to mention the rather acute real-world consequences, writes David MacCormack.

Proustian IR backflip a first sign of Coalition cleverness

Proustian IR backflip a first sign of Coalition cleverness

The Coalition's decision to ditch AWAs is the smartest move they've made since the election, writes David MacCormack.

A rough estimate: Looks like there's a new government

A rough estimate: Looks like there's a new government

The first Estimates hearings of the new Government was always going to have a surreal air, writes David MacCormack.

Senior Liberals now reconciled and relaxed

Senior Liberals now reconciled and relaxed

One suspects that in years to come, Brendan Nelson's speech in reply to the Prime Minister's apology to the Stolen Generations will be known chiefly for how it was jeered and rejected. Such an outcome is unfair on him and unfair on the Coalition, writes David MacCormack.

Nelson comes close to reconciling the irreconcilable

Nelson comes close to reconciling the irreconcilable

Brendan Nelson’s reply was a curious affair. Doubtless many people won’t be happy with it but it seemed to come as close as possible to reconciling the (quite irreconcilable) views of reactionaries and progressives in the ranks behind him, writes David MacCormack.

Uncle Joe's hilarious confected outrage

Uncle Joe's hilarious confected outrage

Joe Hockey’s confected outrage over the Government’s plans for Parliament and its consultation with the Opposition on the wording of the apology is hilarious, writes David MacCormack.

Sorry: the merchandising opportunity

Sorry: the merchandising opportunity

apology to the Stolen Generations on Wednesday is already turning into a sort of National White Guilt Day, with live coverage, big screens being set up outdoors, BBQs and dancing, classes being stopped and demands for a public holiday, writes David MacCormack. .

Julie Bishop, Reanimator

Julie Bishop, Reanimator

If WorkChoices is dead, Julie Bishop is Dr Frankenstein. She's got the corpse on a table and is going to keep working feverishly until new life flows through its cold, hard veins, writes David macCormack.

Rudd's savings plan compromised by politics

Rudd's savings plan compromised by politics

To its credit, the Government's first go at finding savings in the Coalition's expenditure has scored a direct hit in the pork barrel. But Kevin Rudd's economic conservatism is still subordinate to his political conservatism, writes David MacCormack.