Posts Tagged ‘ latham ’

Turnbull reign the only chance

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Some Liberal MPs this week pointed to Labor’s Crean leadership experience and say they just wanted to “end the agony”. Some who changed their support from the original safe option of Brendan Nelson as leader said they did so at the last minute because they realised a vote in his favour now would only be tested again in a month or two.

Memo Costello: timing is everything

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

The commonly held view among political junkies like myself is that the racy bits of ‘The Costello Memoirs’ have already been published in the papers. John Howard did it in the library with the candlestick. So why bother shelling out $55 to read what amounts to 380 pages of filler?

Force of nature promises a wild ride

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Malcolm Turnbull and ill-fated former Labor leader Mark Latham share certain characteristics: a touch of brilliance, strong performances in parliament and some fatal character flaws. Like Latham, history and the electorate may still judge that Turnbull came to the leadership of the Liberal Party too early.

Labor’s big sore point

Sep 7th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Labor’s policy on Afghanistan has consistently been that Australia’s presence there, rather than Iraq, represents our commitment to fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban at “the coalface”. But the promises Labor made while in Opposition are forcing our troops into a long fight that will test even the might of the United States.

Need a policy? Wing it

Aug 31st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

If Kevin Rudd can get the punters to stay awake while he makes the states and the Jurassic education unions line up where successive Howard government ministers failed, then that’s terrific. After all, there’s no copyright on decent policies in Parliament, where one man’s plagiarist is another’s visionary.

Bring on the number twos! – the week in review

Aug 24th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion, Science Fiction

This week was a week of number twos on a variety of fronts. In the US, Joe Biden became Barack Obama’s new sidekick, while in Australia, the minor parties in the Senate geared up to take on their new roles as second fiddles. Meanwhile, in the entertainment world, ‘Stargate Atlantis’ was cancelled and replaced by ‘Stargate Universe’.