Topic archives: Bernard Keane on the Federal Election 2010

New Paradigm Politics may not change a thing

September 10, 2010 65

The mainstream media clearly dislike the new political paradigm. This is what you get when you mess with them.

Julie’s safe: the pro-competition party rejects a leadership contest

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.

The class of ’10: the outsourcing of politics continues

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.

Julia’s chance to fix Labor and pursue New Politics

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.

If the Liberals want to blame anyone, look at the Nationals

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.

And now, let the wild rumpus start

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.

The future of the House of Reps

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.

Lessons from the last days of the Labor government

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.

The Oz has trouble keeping its story straight

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.

Essential: voters expect another poll

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.

The myth of governmental
competence

September 3, 2010 111

Contrary to its claims of administrative competence, the Coalition had a series of costly blunders when in Government.

The hypocrisy of costings

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.

Bob Katter, energy corridors and conflicts of interest

Bob Katter, energy corridors and conflicts of interest

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.

Why this will be a great election to win

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.

Greens-Gillard deal: who wins?

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.

Essential: Australia is neatly divided

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.

Wilkie, the pokies and the need to Do Something

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.

A parliamentary budget office — great idea, but don’t get carried away

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.

Does WHK Horwath tell third parties they should seek independent advice on reports?

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.

Common sense from independents has conservatives deeply unhappy

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.