Our policymaking elite hasn't performed that badly on the big issues for Australian voters -- but they're demonised anyway. Mostly because they themselves do the demonising.
Whatever happened to Labor's excellent economic management? The Coalition came along, writes economics reporter Alan Austin.
Voters are unhappy with the government's handling of the asylum seeker issue, the latest Essential Report shows, but Labor's trustworthiness on policy has taken a battering.
Any monkey with an Excel spreadsheet can deliver a budget surplus. We must measure economic performance against GDP, inflation and unemployment -- not debt, interest rates or the dollar.
Voter disenchantment with Labor now focuses on the leadership issue, despite the government's attempts to focus on education and disability.
Budget week in Canberra highlighted the economic constraints facing an Abbott government -- and gave a hint that the Coalition may be Labor lite when it comes to future budgets. Crikey deputy editor Cathy Alexander talks with Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane.
Labor has delivered a very positive economic environment for working families -- but only if they can afford their own home. It's a different experience for the renters and those trying to buy.
Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull are trusted more than either of their leaders by voters, today's Essential Report shows, while Labor and unions are seen as the target of media bias.
Voters won't give Labor credit for economic management because they're convinced they can't keep up with the cost of living and they don't like Julia Gillard.
Voters are significantly more worried about the economy, according to today's Essential Report. And the Coalition has stretched its already big voting intention lead.