September 10, 2010 65
The mainstream media clearly dislike the new political paradigm. This is what you get when you mess with them.
September 9, 2010 13
Andrew Robb probably wouldn't have toppled Julie Bishop - but it's funny how parties change their tune on such matters for political convenience.
September 9, 2010 23
The professionalisation of federal politics continues apace with more than half of the new MPs and senators elected on August 21 being former staffers, party operators or former or serving politicians.
September 8, 2010 9
Julia Gillard has been handed an opportunity to fix Labor's problems while pursuing a new agenda forced on her by the hung Parliament.
September 8, 2010 16
If there's anyone to blame for Tony Abbott failing to get over the line, it's the Nationals. Abbott himself performed far better than expected and deserves credit, but he has let down by the long-term failings of the Nats.
September 8, 2010 97
Canberra has never seen anything like it. Three men sent everyone in Parliament House into a spin as they determined the next government.
September 7, 2010 32
If you want a glimpse of what the new, improved House of Representatives will be like, check out Senate Question Time, if you can stay awake.
September 7, 2010 30
Before we focus on the new government, we should recall some of the lessons of recent months which may have been forgotten in the obsession with a hung parliament and a new government.
September 7, 2010 7
According to The Australian, the mining tax will either have too much effect on the mining industry, or not enough. Either way, of course, a partisan Treasury is to blame.
September 6, 2010 58
Voters expect to return to the polls within 12 months, according to the latest Essential Report poll, with Greens voters the most likely to reconsider the vote they cast a fortnight ago.
September 3, 2010 111
Contrary to its claims of administrative competence, the Coalition had a series of costly blunders when in Government.
September 2, 2010 77
This week we were reminded once again that Tony Abbott is an economic lightweight. The Coalition "costings blowout" may be overstated, but its hypocrisy is much worse.
September 2, 2010 7
Bob Katter has been spruiking an "energy corridor" project for nearly 18 months, but has only once mentioned that a relative is at the centre of it. Bernard Keane and Wendy Bacon report.
September 1, 2010 9
The mining boom and a surging economy means this will be a good election to win, even if the Coalition's costings have big flaws in them.
September 1, 2010 185
What the Greens will have secured if Labor is able to hang onto office is, in effect, an all care and no responsibility role in a Labor Government, giving the Greens many of the benefits of incumbency without any of the responsibilities.
August 31, 2010 8
Most voters had already made up their minds how to vote when the campaign started, this week's Essential Report shows. Those who didn't appear to have swung heavily to the Coalition.
August 31, 2010 65
Not for Andrew Wilkie: this business of establishing the Government's fiscal position and identifying the impact of election commitments on the Budget before entering substantive negotiations with the major parties.
August 31, 2010 3
A Parliamentary Budget Office is a good idea, but it should be done properly and don't expect it to settle any arguments.
August 27, 2010 16
The auditing firm at the centre of the Coalition's costings debacle normally warns third parties not to rely on its reports, recommending they obtain independent advice.
August 27, 2010 26
Against expectations, the rural independents have made a strong start in their quest for political and economic stability. And conservatives don't like it.