election

Libs Like Labor As Far As Eye Can See
2 December 2021

Libs Like Labor As Far As Eye Can See

At the beginning of every election campaign every politician proclaims “this is the most important election in our lifetime and the future of the country is at stake”. At one level that’s certainly true – elections are important, especially when governments change. But whether election outcomes are quite as significant as is sometimes made out is debatable. If Bill Shorten
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Looking Forward Episode 88: Just Another High Vis Election
12 November 2020

Looking Forward Episode 88: Just Another High Vis Election

It’s a global High Vis vest frenzy, because whether or not he’s President going forward the global legacy of Trump is a realignment of politics, with heartland conservatives switched on and centre-right parties around the world looking for blue collar voters. To what extent can this be said about Australia and can it explain what’s happened this week in the
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America Is Losing Its Wall Against The Authoritarians
6 November 2020

America Is Losing Its Wall Against The Authoritarians

A few days ago Alexander Downer wrote on these pages that if he were American he would have voted for Donald Trump – but through gritted teeth. My view is different from Downer. I would have voted for Trump eagerly and enthusiastically. You could argue that in 2016 there were arguments for both Clinton and Trump. Not this time. In 2020, the
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Looking Forward Episode 87: Trumpism in a Post Trump Era
5 November 2020

Looking Forward Episode 87: Trumpism in a Post Trump Era

There’s some grieving from Gideon on the Podcast as indications are that Joe Biden will be sworn in as President, though his fabled ‘blue wave’ failed to eventuate. Trump confounded the polls and energised a mass base of Americans in a way that suggests his political legacy will live on. Is this at the expense of the right’s traditional free
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Looking Forward Episode 86: Australia’s Coronavirus Endgame
29 October 2020

Looking Forward Episode 86: Australia’s Coronavirus Endgame

Scott Morrison’s mid-year plan for a COVIDSafe economy is back on track having been derailed by Victorian bungling, but with vaccines uncertain and international borders closed, what is the outlook for Australia’s coronavirus Endgame?  Can services like education and tourism ever rejoin king coal and iron ore as the foundations of our prosperity, at least any time soon? Why would
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New Business Fund Ignores Biggest Issue: Red Tape
24 April 2019

New Business Fund Ignores Biggest Issue: Red Tape

The Australian Business Growth Fund is a short-sighted proposal which ignores red tape and industrial relations as the major constraints on small business growth in Australia. The fund, announced by the Prime Minister on Tuesday,  would see the federal government partnering with banks to provide small and medium business owners with equity. The assumption is that access to credit is
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The Liberals Tax Themselves Out Of Office
5 April 2019

The Liberals Tax Themselves Out Of Office

If it had spent its 5½ years in government delivering budgets like the one on Tuesday, the Coalition wouldn’t be in the position it’s in. The likelihood is the Coalition will lose next month’s federal election to a Labor opposition that’s promising higher taxes, bigger government, and more regulation. It’s a lot easier arguing against tax increases when you’re not
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You Think The Coalition Is Bad? Look At Labor’s Policies
22 August 2018

You Think The Coalition Is Bad? Look At Labor’s Policies

Politics in a stable democracy should be boring, even relaxed and comfortable. Yet since the fall of the Howard government in 2007 Australian politics has been exciting– almost a blood sport. The population is certainly not relaxed nor comfortable. Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister appeared well on his way to changing all that. Re-election looked possible, even likely. The shenanigans in Canberra
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