Letter from… Sydney
Bruce Hawker | 5 November 2014
As backbench pressure mounts on David Cameron to either strike some sort of deal with Nigel Farage or co-opt his policies, it is time to ask: what is the prime minister’s campaign director, Lynton Crosby, planning?
The answer might be found by looking at [...]
Political club misses chance for true reform on donations
By Bruce Hawker
October 21, 2014 12:15AM
Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald
By increasing public funding of elections, the NSW government has missed a historic opportunity to eliminate the rancid practices surrounding campaign funding of our political parties.
Rather than introducing real [...]
Why Labor should let Joe Hockey's budget through
In voting down the harshest aspects of the budget to avoid a catastrophe, Labor politicians are potentially denying themselves the chance to win back office in just three years
Despite the horrors an unpopular budget and a hung Senate have created for the Abbott government, I can't help but think that over the longer term, the Labor opposition is letting its opponents off the hook. By voting down some of the more unpopular measures in the budget, like the $7 Medicare [...]
Why Turnbull Scored Lunch With Clive Palmer: the Hottest Date in Canberra
Canberra isn't so much a city as a giant microscope where everything every leading politician does is minutely examined. Accordingly, the same leading politicians carefully think through everything they do in public. So when Malcolm Turnbull asked Clive Palmer, the hottest date in town, out to lunch at a Chinese restaurant both men had to know that it would at least spark a brush-fire. As it turned out, Turnbull's over the top response to Andrew Bolt's opinion piece on Monday (
Now for a Long Term Response to the Budget
Tony Abbott's first Budget has been well and truly analysed in recent days. Accordingly, I do not propose to discuss here the horrors of the Budget and it's impact on those least able to cope with its deep cuts to benefits and services. My concern, as a political campaigner, is to focus on how those opposed to this government can better combine and maintain an ongoing campaign right up to the next election in 2016.
History tells us that Prime Ministers can recover from the [...]