While I was watching the ugly events of Thursday afternoon unfold, I was trying to remember the last time Australia had a perfect prime minister. Or even one who was universally popular.
Maybe our wartime leaders, John Curtin and the sainted Ben Chifley, deserve the mantle but it was before my time, so I can’t say. [...]
If Tony Abbott was hoping he could tiptoe across the victory line on September 14 without having to take a definitive stand on abortion, he clearly wasn’t counting on the derring-do of some of his political bedfellows.
First, it was DLP senator John Madigan, who entertains high hopes of being Tony Abbott’s Brian Harradine.
Two weeks ago [...]
ON Q&A last Monday night, Malcolm Turnbull described, with unusual candour for a politician, how it felt when he lost the Liberal Party leadership in December 2009. It was ”very, very gut-wrenching, it was devastating”, he said.
No doubt Kevin Rudd felt the same way. And Brendan Nelson, and Kim Beazley and Simon Crean and [...]