Pezzullo is a one-off in the today’s public service. He can perhaps be best understood by referring back to the so-called bureaucratic “mandarins” of decades ago.
While it’s possible Frydenberg, 52, might consider running in the election after next, it would seem unlikely. The 2025 election was the logical time to try for a comeback bid
In years gone by, former prime ministers were often trusted confidants to their successors. Not so these days, when the trend has been for former leaders to make a swift exist from the parliament.
In this podcast @michellegrattan and politics + society editor @amandadunn10 discuss Anthony Albanese's defensiveness when pressed on treaty, support for the Yes case slipping in polls, the
The former prime minister, who was excoriated by the commission, was unrepentant, giving no ground on any of the criticisms Commissioner Catherine Holmes made of him in her report.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers said he wanted to ‘revitalise and renew and refocus’ the commission with Barrett’s appointment, recognising that ‘productivity has evolved’.
Fadden could deliver a blow or a boost to Dutton. He can hardly afford the former, and desperately needs the latter.
It might seem as though there would be a host of lucrative options for a former leader after politics, but that’s not always the case.
In this podcast, Bill Shorten joins The Conversation to discuss the aftermath of the royal commission report, and progress reforming the NDIS to make it more sustainable.
Welfare advocates in this country can now forcefully critique any government program that trades on stigma or vulnerability and ignores real-life suffering.
In a swingeing indictment of the scheme, the commission says: “Robodebt was a crude and cruel mechanism, neither fair nor legal, and it made many people feel like criminals.”
Thorpe made the claim while Van was attacking Labor for politicising the Brittany Higgins allegation that she was raped in the office of then minister Linda Reynolds in 2019
Robert’s seat of Fadden in Queensland, and Morrison’s seat of Cook in New South Wales, would both likely be safely held by the Liberals.
Extremist candidates and threats of federal intervention ensure the Victorian Liberal Party remains no closer to resolving its woes.
The Australian government has been careful not to over-hype the progress, talking about “stabilising” the relationship, rather than using stronger language
Robodebt should never again be framed as a technological glitch or a legal oversight. It was the active and direct exploitation of people’s vulnerability.
Frydenberg, now in the private sector, hasn’t declared whether he will run again for Kooyong, but he hasn’t lost his political ambition
In policy terms, these are important debates. Politically, though, anything to do with superannuation is fraught, especially for a government already grappling with difficult economic issues
Like Labor’s recent post-mortem, the Liberal analysis also points to the key importance of voters’ negative perceptions of Scott Morrison in his government’s election loss.
Politicisation of taxpayer-funded advertising is wasteful and creates an uneven playing field in elections.