Time for Kevin Rudd to fix NSW

August 28, 2009 17

NSW ALP politics is like having to endure Big Brother all over again, a brain-deadeningly boring production of apparently limitless interest to the media. It's time to evict some factional heavyweights.

The canny game of Rob Oakeshott

August 28, 2009 1

Independent MP Rob Oakeshott is no mug. You don’t have a track record of electoral success as an independent like his without some serious political smarts. So why is he gushing over PM Kevin Rudd?

Climate change to heat up Bradfield byelection

August 27, 2009

Brendan Nelson's caution on emissions trading helped lose him the Liberal leadership. Ironically, the Coalition's climate change policy will prove crucial in the Bradfield byelection, writes Miranda Devine.

Who could replace Rees as Premier?

August 27, 2009

It is the disunity in the NSW Labor government that has kept Nathan Rees as Premier for so long. But, the main issue for voters is, who is a valid leadership option? asks Simon Benson.

Lack of green policy alienates Nationals’ key voters

August 25, 2009

The Nationals have launched a new slogan 'Nationals for Regional Australia', except their lack of concrete policies on climate change or the environment, are doing little to encourage regional support from coastal areas.

No comment for NSW Liberal twits

August 20, 2009

Want to tweet your office politics? Then don't join the NSW Liberals, who've just passed new policy banning members from using blogs or social networking sites to make public statements about the party.

Why don’t we hear these stories about Aboriginal Australia?

August 19, 2009

You might not guess it from the photos in the newspapers, but the largest concentration of Aboriginal people in Australia lives in western Sydney, writes anthropologist Professor Gillian Cowlishaw.

More power for NSW Liberal leaders

August 19, 2009

New powers for NSW Liberal leaders mean that Malcolm Turnbull and Barry O'Farrell can personally pick candidates for pre-selection. Liberals traditionally oppose centralise power in party politics, writes Phillip Coorey.

NSW Newspoll: close, but no cigar

August 19, 2009

The latest NSW State Newspoll shows a two party preferred vote of 54/46 to the Coalition -- a one point gain to the ALP. It's still grim for the government, but try as he might, Barry O’Farrell just doesn't seem to be able to drive the final stake into NSW Labor.

Barry O’Farrell sticks his neck out on donations reform

Barry O’Farrell sticks his neck out on donations reform

August 18, 2009 8

Barry O'Farrell has stuck his neck out on political donations reform, lobbyist activities and election expenditure in an attempt to make ground on Premier Rees. But his own political fundraising is under question, writes Lee Rhiannon.