Topic archives: John Hewson

Bronwyn Bishop: Liberal attack dog finally gets bitten

Bronwyn Bishop: Liberal attack dog finally gets bitten

July 20, 2015 27

Once the scourge of public servants, Bronwyn Bishop is now on the receiving end of the scrutiny she once dished out with relish.

Who you gonna call? Meet Australia’s biggest media tart

Who you gonna call? Meet Australia’s biggest media tart

May 5, 2014 11

Who's Australia's biggest media tart? From a shallow pool of talent relied on by media to comment on the issues of the day, a few names dominate the airwaves ...

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 16, 2013

Libs infiltrates Lateline ... Facebook promotes anti-Islam group ... a song penned just for Crikey ...

The weight of expectations start to tell on Abbott

The weight of expectations start to tell on Abbott

July 16, 2013 14

Tony Abbott is feeling the pressure of his colleagues' expectations, and Kevin Rudd is reaping the rewards. Is this a reversal of the Rudd-Abbott match in 2010?

Richardson: is it back to the 1980s for the Liberal Party?

April 23, 2012 11

Every now and then, the Liberal Party tries to think of itself in philosophical terms, dedicated to smaller government and the free market.

Productivity needs a shot in the arm — why not a GST boost?

Productivity needs a shot in the arm — why not a GST boost?

October 18, 2011 53

Iin a political climate where people are craving leadership, and Australia’s productivity needs a desperate shot in the arm, advocating a tax swap should be opportune, writes Adam Creighton, a research fellow at The Centre For Independent Studies.

Reith v Abbott: the early 90s wants its zeal back

June 28, 2011 62

The tensions between Tony Abbott and Peter Reith have deep roots in recent Liberal history. The former minister's eagerness to prevent a return to "the Fraser years", unencumbered by the party presidency, will be fascinating to watch.

Hewson takes a swing at the press and shock! Horror! Donaghy to leave 30 Rock

July 9, 2010

John Hewson takes a big swing at the role of the press in shaping politics. Plus the New York Times look to Rupert for paywall advice, Jack Donaghy walks out of 30 Rock and other media news.

Don’t look at what the miners say, look at what they do

May 26, 2010 22

That credibility gap between what the miners say and what they do just got $4.85b wider, thanks to the Queensland coal industry, says Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

John Hewson: The grossly irresponsible climate politicking

February 8, 2010

Our pollies and media are too caught up in the colour, political point scoring and scare campaign of the climate change debate to focus on what we really need: strong policy to challenge climate change, writes ex-Liberal leader John Hewson.

The ghost of Mark Latham

The ghost of Mark Latham

June 29, 2009 4

Starring Celebrity Ghost for Hire - Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

The future of “quality” journalism: lots of questions, few answers

April 6, 2009

A bunch of media people gathered at the ABC’s in Sydney last week to discuss the future of journalism, and not one of them whinged about bloggers.

The endless search for the Liberal Party Messiah

March 11, 2009 9

The Liberals never disappoint. They lose government and they search desperately, often in the most unlikely places, for a Messiah. It happens every time, writes Norman Abjorensen.

Costello: my balls are the best balls of all

February 25, 2009 3

Peter Costello made a rousing address to the Coalition party room yesterday. Walter Slurry has obtained this transcript.

Hewson loses plot, Turnbull subverting it

October 13, 2008 1

Contrary to their self-promotional material, there seems to be a disturbingly strong nexus between Australian conservative political leaders and poor economic management, writes Michael Pascoe.

Macbank’s Rory Robertson takes the fight back to Hewson

April 1, 2008

Macquarie Bank's interest rate strategist, Rory Robertson, has taken former Opposition Leader Dr John Hewson to task in his latest email newsletter.

Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

February 4, 2008 1

Saying sorry ... Guy Rundle in the US ... political donations and big tobacco ... offensive advertising ... domestic violence ... interest rates ...

Newspoll: Better than it might have been for Dr Brendan

January 22, 2008

There’s no real surprise in the voting intention or preferred prime minister figures in the first Newspoll for the year. Indeed, they are academic. Still, opposition leader Brendan Nelson can draw heart from his approval rating, writes Christian Kerr.

The Liberals, leaders and philosophies

December 17, 2007 4

The Liberal Party stands for nothing, according to a report by Victorian Legislative Council leader Philip Davis obtained by the Melbourne Age. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Indeed, it may have been the secret behind many of the party’s successes in the past, writes Christian Kerr.