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On Sydney's fringe, the Blue Mountains succeeded in its most immediate challenges but then retreated into an intense borough-based eco-conservatism. The consequences came to be akin to a cancer.
by Robert Gibbons - 26/03/2015
While the Prime Minister's performance, and the recent attempted spill motion, has been cause for much chatter about the Liberal Party's leadership, there is in fact a deeper existential crisis within the party that needs to be explored.
by Grant Wyeth - 25/03/2015 - 4 comments
The future is set – and this includes all our future states of mind and our subsequent behaviour.
by Graham Preston - 6/03/2015 - 32 comments
This is the power they possess to toss-out governments every three years, no matter what their politics or how well they have governed, and they intend to exercise it mightily.
by Everald Compton - 26/02/2015 - 5 comments
Karl Marx declared 150 years ago that 'If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist'.
by Barry York - 23/02/2015 - 2 comments
Nor, it seems, did the Treasurer ask himself if taxes should be increased on the wealthy before services were cut to the poor - this was ruled out by election promises, as was any increase in the GST.
by Max Atkinson - 9/02/2015 - 11 comments
Truthiness is 'What I say is right, and [nothing] anyone else says could possibly be true.'
by Don Aitkin - 6/02/2015 - 19 comments
One cause is that our politics is almost completely adversarial, and another is that the electorate does not understand the realities of our political economy. We have become too used to annually increasing wealth.
by Don Aitkin - 3/02/2015 - 11 comments
The fact that leadership change within major parties is now an annual event shows the entire political establishment to be out of touch with the Australian public.
by Syd Hickman - 3/02/2015 - 26 comments
Of much greater concern are citizens' anaemic level of confidence in the institutions of Churches, Unions, and Federal Parliament, receiving an abysmal 11%, 6%, and 6% respectively.
by Dino Cesta - 23/01/2015 - 12 comments
'It empowers negative campaigns, privileges sectional and special interests over the national interest … and confronts a conflict between long-run policy and the short-term tyranny of the polling and media cycle.'
by Don Aitkin - 20/01/2015 - 18 comments
Public opinion does not spring into life in one swoop. Its formation is a slow and contested process. Think of John Howard's campaign to change the GST.
by Ian Marsh - 16/01/2015 - 10 comments


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