Tag Archives: Australian Labor Party

Electoral Last Words

LABOR’S claim that an Abbott government would cut services to fund its promises is resonating in the electorate – but the Coalition is resisting huge pressure to crank up its own attack ads about Kevin Rudd. Labor’s nightly track polling in marginal seats by party pollster UMR, provided to The Australian, shows that over the […]

Meet the New Boss

Kevin Rudd has ousted Prime Minister Julia Gillard as leader of Australia’s Labor Party. He won by 57 votes to 45, in a leadership ballot of Labor lawmakers. The change comes ahead of a general election due in September, which polls suggest Labor is set to lose. This is the latest twist in a long […]

Alan Jones, feminism and Australian politics

Radio personality Alan Jones has been in trouble again, this time because he made some insensitive comments about the recent death of the father of Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Sydney University’s Liberal Club President’s Dinner. Jones suggested Gillard’s father ‘died of shame’ as a result of the lies his daughter had told the […]

Processing While U Wait

The sinking of a boat carrying 200 asylum seekers last week near Christmas Island has reignited debate over Australia’s policy deadlock. The government has renewed a call for a refugee swap deal with Malaysia to deter people smuggling. However, the opposition is demanding that an immigration detention centre on Nauru be reopened. Meanwhile, authorities say […]

Labor Leader LOLz

Kevin Rudd has confirmed he will stand against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Monday’s Labor Party leadership ballot. He would ”restore the trust” of the Australian people that she had lost, he told a news conference in Brisbane. Ms Gillard, who ousted him as prime minister in June 2010, called the vote following weeks of […]

The Labor Schism

Since my post on Rudd’s announcement that he was resigning as Foreign Minister, Australian politics has now become a bear pit, at least on the Labor side. No sooner did Rudd resign than the Labor MPs started aligning themselves as pro-Gillard or pro-Rudd (Gillard appears to have the numbers). A number of Ministers in the […]

Look what they’ve done to my government, Ma…

I’ve avoided posting on Australian politics for a long while because it’s really been a bit farcical, and frankly, I have found the whole thing deeply depressing. For overseas readers, our present Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, came to power in June 2010 after ousting the incumbent elected Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, after Rudd’s ratings fell […]

Park & Pride

Australia’s Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has been criticised for making a “tasteless” joke about the Costa Concordia disaster. Mr Abbott, who has been a fierce critic of the Gillard Government’s efforts to stem the flow of boat people, jokingly described the liner as “one boat that did get stopped”. The Government pounced on the comments, […]

Early Intervention

PARENTS who allow their children to become truants will lose welfare payments under Labor’s plan to toughen elements of the Northern Territory intervention after a report found widespread acceptance of the controversial program in Aboriginal communities. In a redesign of its attack on indigenous disadvantage, the Gillard government will announce plans to legislate to continue […]

Malaysian Solution Post Mark II

[This is (I hope) a more polished take on the High Court’s Malaysian Solution case, with the benefit of further reflection. It also attempts to explain just why the Federal Government thought they had such a strong case.] Also cross-posted at Online Opinion. All of Australia is buzzing with the news that the High Court […]