Tag Archives: Abbott

Dodging a bullet. Guest blogger: John Young

It was going to be as bad as 1996 (when Labor lost 31 seats), a sombre Stephen Smith gravely warned us at the beginning of the ABC election night coverage. Smith ignored that a few months earlier Labor was facing … Continue reading

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The election – punishing bad behaviour. John Menadue

One thing the election did was to explode the perceived wisdom that if the economy was doing well, governments are seldom voted out. But the Rudd Government was. As I have written in earlier blogs. The Australian economy, by almost … Continue reading

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Asylum policies leading nowhere. Joint blog: John Menadue and Arja Keski-Nummi

This piece was published in Crikey 11 June 2013.   The destructive and divisive debate about various asylum policies is designed to scare us. The most shameful manifestation of this in the past week has been the alleged “terrorist” in … Continue reading

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It happens every day (Guest blogger: Fr Michael Kelly S.J.)

It happens every day. People in public life try to grab hold of and change the public narrative about themselves, those they represent or lead. For most of the second half of last year, the Prime Minister had charge of … Continue reading

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