In Canberra, the annals of hypocrisy are rich.
During the 1975 constitutional stand-off, News Limited was so biased in its political coverage that Bill Hayden joked to Gough Whitlam: if the dismissed Labor prime minister had walked across Lake Burley Griffin, the Australian’s headline would have been ‘Gough can’t swim’.
Rudd has a lot in common with another PM-in-exile: John Gorton too was a knifed jet-setting leader subject to intense media scrutiny
A desire to restore public trust makes state Liberals & Nationals a distinct alternative
Robert Menzies once said of small-l Liberals that they ‘are anxious to defeat Labor by being as near to Labor in their thinking as they possibly could be… [This] abandonment of principles seems to me to be a monstrosity, and a suicidal one.’ As an assessment of the intellectual rot that sits at the core of the NSW Liberal party, it is hard to imagine a more precise diagnosis.
We take regular whacks at the Fourth Estate for its blunders.
Maybe there was a time when being able to fire off 140-character ideas to the world might have seemed like a neat technology.
From Hawke-Keating to Hawker-Britton in one generation: this is the depressing trajectory taken by the Australian Labor Party, which this week won the battle to hold the Treasury Benches but looks set to lose the war to save its own tattered reputation.
Education has long been an interest of Ms Gillard.
Australia’s 2010 federal election will likely be remembered as the ‘hospital pass’ poll: whomever wins the support of key independents and manages to form government will do so from a very tenuous position.
Otherwise, ok?’ a dumb-founded Basil Fawlty once said of the hotel inspector’s long list of complaints about Fawlty Towers.
What was that again about 2010’s being a ‘boring’ election? This hackneyed line was repeated ad nauseum throughout the course of the campaign.
During the 1992 US presidential campaign, an Arkansas official familiar with Bill Clinton declared that the future president ‘would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground to tell the truth.’
For weeks, pundits have pronounced the view that the federal election offered an uninspiring choice to an electorate crying out for ‘leadership’.
In these pages two weeks ago, Peter Day reported on a persecuted Egyptian ex-Muslim and his daughter who have been refused sanctuary in Australia.
Next Saturday, Australians will make the most important political choice they have faced in a generation: whether to put the nation in the hands of a fiscally prudent Coalition who left Australia well equipped to weather the global recession, or to give another three years to a federal Labor government infected with the factional rot and lust for power that has left NSW a basket case.
Not backing down is one of the most attractive, and destructive, traits in the Australian character.
Lenin once said: ‘A lie told often enough becomes truth.’ And so it seems with Labor’s recurrent claim that, by pumping $42 billion into the economy to pay for overpriced school halls, dodgy home insulation works, divisive ‘social’ housing projects, and a host of other big government schemes it saved Australia from recession.
When American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked that the mark of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time, he clearly did not have the Australian Labor Party in mind.
Does anybody really want to win this thing? By anybody, of course, we mean Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard.
They are alive and well in Washington because they reflect the American national character, argues Justin Vaïsse
Although the election campaign is only a week old, the contradictions and weaknesses at the heart of Labor’s bid to retain power have become glaringly obvious.
This Thursday evening, Australians will be able to turn on their televisions and enjoy a new source of news: ABC News 24, Aunty’s effort to launch a 24-hour news station.
By the time this magazine has arrived in your hands, Julia Gillard may have called an election.
It is a measure of Tony Abbott’s success that, in Julia Gillard’s first fortnight as prime minister, she has backed down at least partially on her predecessor’s mining industry super tax and changed the government’s tune on asylum-seekers.