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Adversarial politics – New Zealand style

Crikey August 23, 2005

Anyone watching the live pre-election TV clash between New Zealand’s Prime Minister Helen Clark and Opposition Leader Don Brash on Monday, could have been forgiven for thinking they had witnessed an actual debate, as opposed to the airbrushed, insipid spin-fests we have become accustomed to on this side of the Tasman. The hour-long slug-fest can […]

Queensland fallout – the winners

Crikey August 23, 2005

Stay tuned for changes at the top of the Queensland Liberal Party in the wake of their jump from five to seven members in state parliament last weekend. Bob Quinn is generally considered to be a reluctant leader. He may well stand down in the next six months for Bruce Flegg. Having a doctor as […]

New Zealand, Germany and Japan gear up for elections

Crikey August 23, 2005

New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and opposition leader Don Brash squared off in a televised debate last night, following the National Party’s release of the centrepiece of its campaign, a plan for substantial tax cuts. The Nationals need something to turn things around, because according to the opinion polls, Clark’s Labour Party is drawing […]

Queensland fallout – the losers

Crikey August 23, 2005

Peter Brent of Mumble Politics has crunched the numbers from the weekend by-election in Queensland – with mixed results. While accepted wisdom up north says that massive swings are natural by-election anti-government reactions, Labor party insiders are not so sure. There are claims that polling in the last week had voters reacting badly to Peter […]

Christian Kerr’s pot pourri of political snippets

Crikey August 23, 2005

Power, pork and principles: A must-read on how the Howard Government is spending our money to benefit itself from Tim Colebatch in The Age today. “Corruption is a strong word, and we need to be clear what we mean by it,” he writes. “I am not talking about secret kickbacks to ministers and officials (thank […]

We’re really hard workers, say the Greens

Crikey August 23, 2005

Another silly tirade from Christian Kerr against the Greens yesterday. And this one sillier than most, with the imputation that the Greens are somehow slackers when it comes to parliament. Obviously Mr Kerr doesn’t spend any time watching the chamber himself. The Greens punched well above their weight in the first session of the new […]

The bush on Barnaby

Crikey August 22, 2005

Crikey reporter Michael Newhouse writes: Almost a week after the PM announced his plan to sell the rest of Telstra, new Queensland powerbroker Barnaby Joyce is still sticking in John Howard’s side and diverting a lot of attention to the bush, not to mention his tiny South Queensland town of St George. Glenn Milne in […]

Andrew Peacock: vanity comes before a crash

Crikey August 22, 2005

Barry Everingham writes: Andrew Peacock just can’t leave bad enough alone – being caught driving over the limit and crashing a car, at his age! According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police were called to a service station on New South Head Road in Rushcutters Bay, in Sydney’s east, about 1.30am yesterday after a 2005 […]

Christian Kerr’s smorgasbord of political snippets

Crikey August 22, 2005

Wild Rumour Department I: Mark Vaile lives in terror of a challenge from former Nat and NSW MP Rob Oakeshott. So much so that he’s prepared to abandon his seat of Lyne, abandon the Nationals, join the Libs, chase preselection for a safe Liberal seat and attempt to replace the Prime Minister. Wild Rumour Department […]

The Greens – glamour jobs or nothing

Crikey August 22, 2005

Overlooked in all the other Senate thrills ‘n’ spills of the past fortnight – some typically pompous posturing from the Greens. On the first day of sittings, the Greens nominated themselves for the positions of Senate President and Deputy President. This was done with straight-faced statements from Bob Brown, like: “We have in Senator Milne […]