The Upside-Down Politics of Australia

To the first Europeans to arrive here, everything about Australia seemed upside-down and paradoxical. To many, Australian politics still seems the same. Our conservatives are "Liberals", and our "Labor" party are all wealthy professionals. Here's a rough guide to the upside-down politics of Australia ...Do read on ...

Shifty and the Cardinal: a tale of two investigations

In light of the recent unanimous High Court ruling, it seems a good time to post this Insight piece from last year. The U.S. vice president was ridiculed by the usual clown show of legacy media hacks and late night tv “comedians” for his so-called “Pence Rule”: never dining alone with any woman other than …

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Tasmania: Jacinda Downunder squibs and the Green wilt

Here's another old column for historical interest: Covering the Tasmanian state election result in 2018 Well, although sections of the Australian media got a little over-excited at the prospect of having an inexperienced, young, female socialist of their very own to fawn over, the Jacinda Downunder squibbed it, in the Tasmanian state election. Will Hodgman’s …

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Popular Leaders & Policy Failures: Australia’s Been There Already

If opinion polls are to believed, prime minister Jacinda Ardern is near-unassailable. But that’s what polls said about Bill Shorten and Hillary Clinton, too. But for the closest parallel to Ardern, New Zealanders should look across the ditch of sea and time, to former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd. For most of his first term, …

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Australia’s Bellwether Election Weekend is Ominous for Turnbull

I'll be occasionally posting some stuff that was written a while ago for other blogs, and which I never got around to posting here, just because it's interesting to see how some of my "analyses" have stood the test of time.This one is mostly interesting because of its observation on the downward spiral of the …

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