In this regard, it should be recalled the Governor-General is not the representative of the British Queen, but of The Queen of Australia. Although this mistake is often repeated, the distinction is fundamental, writes David Flint.
The crucial arbiters who will decide this election, the less interested and the undecided, still don’t know how they’ll vote. They look for similar values in a government to their own, which are mainly conservative, and they rely on common sense, writes David Flint.
Climate change does for Liberals what terrorism does for Labor – which is why a focus on global warming in the last days of the campaign is bad news for John Howard, writes Jeff Sparrow.
If Labor were to form the next government, it would be because enough voters were persuaded that Kevin Rudd is a younger version of John Howard and that a Rudd government would broadly follow a Howardiste agenda. But will the former union bosses in Caucus force Rudd to change the agenda?