Has Conroy bitten off more than he can chew?

September 15, 2009

The government has created three monster projects that it has prime responsibility for: the creation of the NBN, the dismantling of Telstra, and the re-regulation of a telecommunications market. Good luck.

Who gives the best Rudd? A Kruddy lookalike round-up

September 15, 2009 5

Anyone with a peach-coloured swimming cap and some cotton-wool eyebrows could conceivably ‘do’ John Howard. But the less distinctive Kevin Rudd poses more of an impersonator challenge.

Abbott’s Question Time antics

Abbott’s Question Time antics

September 15, 2009 7

Yesterday Tony Abbott was booted from Question Time. Today he's threatened that the Opposition might boycott it. His dummy-spit is particularly egregious as a senior member and, better yet, Leader of the House.

Conroy orders Telstra to do the splits

September 15, 2009 43

The government has again smashed Telstra’s monopolistic agenda with a raw display of executive power -- announcing its intention to force the company to separate its wholesale and retail arms.

Telstra has to morph into a different kind of beast

September 15, 2009 3

The Rudd government's legislation is the stark choice being offered Telstra: split your wholesale and retail operations or you don’t get any more wireless spectrum.

Termination payouts: government policy simply makes sense

September 15, 2009 3

The federal government introduced a Bill seeking to limit executive termination payments to one year’s fixed salary. But in a move that's commercially, morally and politically indefensible, the Libs have opposed it.

The Republic of Australia and New Zealand?

September 15, 2009

Australia and New Zealand living peacefully as one combined republic? It sounds far fetched, but Rodney Crisp provides a compelling, if odd, economic and historical argument.

Telstra to be split up

September 15, 2009

Stephen Conroy has today announced the government will require Telstra to structurally separate its wholesale and retail arms to increase telecommunications competition. Full text here. Telstra shares have dropped sharply in response.

Who’s leading the National Party?

Who’s leading the National Party?

September 15, 2009

95% of Australian voters can't name the leader of the National Party, Warren Truss. Is it time for the higher-profile Barnaby Joyce to take over as leader? asks Michelle Grattan -- after all, 4% of voters already think he is.

Parliamentary sisters are doing it for themselves

Parliamentary sisters are doing it for themselves

September 15, 2009

The feminisation of the Rudd government "seems to be the end of tokenism, with women pollies no longer a novelty", writes Dr Paul Williams. Will Julia Gillard and Nicola Roxon be battling it out for first female PM?