As a clearer picture of the dying days of the Howard Government emerges, questions suggest themselves. Howard biographer Wayne Errington writes.
Like shy rodents emerging from their burrows after hibernation, like snakes uncoiling from their torpor as they prepare to hunt again, like insects taking a first, timid look at the world through a crack in their chrysalis, the Liberals are awakening to the new reality, writes Mungo MacCallum.
One planet. 195 countries. 365 days. 8760 hours. 6,602,224,175 humans. 6000 wild tigers. Fewer than 40 Gilbert’s Potoroos. Is it possible to condense the life of planet earth in 2007 into just ten events? Not really, but that hasn’t stopped the some of the world’s leading news organisations and their readers from giving it a go. Here’s a quick guide to how 2007 will be remembered.
There was a PM of a mind The past should not be left behind We did but see him passing by Yet never really knew the guy
In the first of a series of extracts from Mungo MacCallum's new book "Poll Dancing: The Story of the 2007 Election," he examines where it all went wrong for John Howard.
John Winston Howard was Australia’s second longest-serving Prime Minister, presiding almost unchallenged over the political landscape for well over a decade. His time in government can not be dismissed lightly. However it can be dismissed heavily, so here goes, writes Mungo MacCallum.
The similarities between John Howard and his old nemesis, Paul Keating, have piled up during this campaign. Perhaps after a few years, all prime ministers start to sound the same, writes Wayne Errington.
Australia has had a few dodgy and iffy governments over the years but political extremism has never really gained a significant toehold. That is, until the current term of the Howard government and its absolute authority over the parliament, writes Norman Abjorensen.
John Winston Howard has a thing or two on his mind at the moment, quite apart from being Prime Minister of Australia. He is fighting not one, but many battles, writes Norman Abjorensen.