The new prime minister has fewer economic levers to pull than previous Labor governments. That makes taking Australians into his confidence about the need for bolder change all the more important.
Unlike many politicians, Albanese does not appear to harbour a sense of entitlement to the top job - and his journey there has been a long one.
Years ago, Kevin Rudd sold himself as a version of Howard-lite, as he sought to reassure voters he wouldn’t be scary. This week, Anthony Albanese invoked a Labor icon to soothe fears of change.
Anthony Albanese will declare he would govern on the Hawke model of consensus, in a Wednesday economic speech that also directs a strong pitch to business.
On the relatively rare occasions Labor has won victory from opposition, it has done so with a strong reform agenda. So far, Albanese is taking a big – and risky – departure from that.
Liberal Prime Minister Robert Menzies insisted universities should have protection from political interference. But Bob Hawke’s education minister John Dawkins dismantled these protections.
Leak will be the first official portrait painter of a former Prime Minister who has not been an Archibald finalist.
It’s time for a new accord, with a summit led by First Nations people, bringing disparate groups together to help heal the nation and the land.
Charismatic, controversial and witty, Paul Keating, along with Bob Hawke, modernised the Australian economy and opened it up to Asia.
While the post-mortem is oddly silent on some issues and clearly struggling with others, it nonetheless provides a thoughtful analysis of where the party went wrong in the 2019 election.
More than good management and more than good luck, we’ve been blessed by delightfully fortunate timing.
What if Bob Hawke, hailed as a leader who actually ‘got’ environmental issues, had never been rolled by Paul Keating? Perhaps the climate policy wars would have turned out differently.
No present leader touches Hawke for charisma, popularity or communications skills, even leaving aside the larrikin history.
Bob Hawke had a huge influence on Tim Harcourt deciding to become an economist. He looks back on a man who shaped a career, and a nation.
Leigh Sullivan speaks to Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Most of all, Hawke will be remembered as a reformer — presiding over a set of economic reforms that modernised the Australian economy.
The death of Bob Hawke at the age of 89 has united politicians across the spectrum, with tributes to his character and contribution to modern Australia.
From doted-on child to Rhodes Scholar, ACTU president and ultimately prime minister, Robert James Lee Hawke had a significant impact on Australian life.
The Labor leader’s personal popularity is stubbornly low, but this has allowed him to build himself as a team player, and position him well to become Australia’s next prime minister.
Labor has managed more cohesion in recent years because its left and right wings have shifted to common ground - partly through its factions.