Tag Archives: Australian Prime Minister

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 […]

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 […]

Drawing a long bow – Gillard and cohabitation

Bettina Arndt wrote a piece in the SMH the other day which Paul Norton at LP has described as a “Bondi cigar“, and I must say I’m inclined to agree with Paul’s assessment. Jason Soon alerted me to the piece in the first place, and I must say I’ve stolen his heading for my post […]

The Herd Mentality and the fall of Rudd

The thing that has been fascinating me about the last week in politics is the evidence of the herd mentality (psychologically speaking). The herd doesn’t move direction until one person breaks ranks, and then suddenly everyone is following the new direction. I’m talking, of course, of the sudden political demise and dethroning of KRudd. A […]

It’s Gillard

I am watching all this unfold from afar, with a special kind of awe. My understanding — even though Kevin Rudd had tanked personally in the polls — was that he’d still win against the (equally unpopular) Tony Abbott on Green preferences. Clearly I was wrong. I can’t imagine Labor’s Sussex St Minions (insert BWAHAHAHA […]