Like Albanese, Plibersek is pragmatic, but probably hasn’t moved quite so far to the centre as he has. If she were running things, would this Labor government have a more radical tinge?
Albanese has always been a supporter but in government, Rudd was a highly divisive figure. His controlling leadership style, micromanagement and temper outbursts were publicly and harshly condemned by various colleagues.
The new prime minister seems to have the temperament that would favour a collaborative approach. He could usher in a golden era of stable government, with more generous and compassionate politics.
Not only are great-power conflict, nuclear war and the end of civilisation as we know it still real possibilities, our collective capacity to manage them may be decreasing.
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Scott Morrison’s comments on the 14th anniversary of the Stolen Generations’ Apology show a lack of understanding of what is really needed to ensure healing for First Nations peoples.
The draft version of the revised Australian Curriculum has caused much controversy since it was released in April this year. And many wonder what the point is of having a national curriculum at all.
With the message that technology is not enough to deal with the climate challenge, the US official pricked the balloon into which Morrison had been assiduously blowing as much air as he could.
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Former prime minister Kevin Rudd believes Sky News is trying to radicalise Australian politics as Fox News has in the US. There are both alarming signs and mitigating factors.
Labor has long been seen as the party of bold policy platforms, while the Coalition has played more of a consolidating role. The next election will determine if those characterisations still hold.
There is a renewed discussion about the role of News Corp in Australia. But so far, this is ignoring how the Murdoch press is particularly hostile towards female politicians.
There have been regular calls and inquiries into media ownership in Australia. But despite the howls of outrage, there has bene little political appetite to do anything about it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the production side of the economy, So how will tax cuts for those on high incomes help?
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“What would Julia do?” Julia Gillard smashed a glass ceiling as Australia’s 27th prime minister. She also transformed the way we talk and think about women in politics.
Rudd said Australia must once again become the international champion of the South Pacific nations: ‘The so-called 'Pacific step-up’ is hollow.‘
Launching journalist Peter Hartcher’s Quarterly Essay, Red Flag: Waking up to China’s challenge, Rudd said “we have become too China-dependent. We need to diversify further”.
Asylum seekers stare at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, 2014.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison can learn from the pitfalls that contributed to the downfall of the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann was questioned on Monday by Labor Senator Penny Wong about the Coalition government’s expenditures on pre-election advertising.
Both the Liberals and Labor complain about government advertising when they’re in the opposition. So why hasn’t anyone tried to better regulate the system?
Tony Abbott’s electorate is getting so socially progressive, he may soon be left behind.
Just as with Kevin07, formerly Coalition-friendly independents gave life-long centre-right voters a way to break ranks without feeling like they were being disloyal. Zali Steggall is doing the same.
Rudd and his wife, Therese Rein, were receiving ALP life memberships at the conference.
Rudd told the conference the Coalition had “a very robust” partner in the “Murdoch party” which had an ideology.
Malcolm Turnbull was the latest prime minister to be ousted before the end of his term in August, 2018.
With John Howard in 2004-7 the last prime minister to serve a full term, it may seem Australia has sunk into a long rein of political instability. But that is not necessarily the case.
Michelle Grattan speaks about the week in politics with Nick Klomp.