In the recent state election in Victoria, the party secured swings against Labor in all the wrong places.
To use Anthony Albanese’s own attack line while he was opposition leader, “everything is going up except wages”.
Unless republicans can overcome their own divisions, and persuade a politically-cautious nation to embrace change, King Charles III’s grip on his second-largest realm looks secure.
Voters value stability. Our parties have made a national sport of ‘spills’, and been punished at the ballot box.
After nine years in government and three prime ministers, the right gave up on making a positive case – and paid the price at the ballot box.
As Labor and the Coalition struggle to land blows on each other, disenchanted voters are hungry for an alternative.
It is incredible that he has allowed this attack on the Prime Minister’s integrity to be published now – amidst this existential global pandemic crisis.
From the outset, he framed both himself and his government as acknowledging the concerns of everyday Australians. It was a voice that rang with authenticity.
So in short, talk up the country, listen to the ‘somewheres’ outside the Westminster bubble – and cut taxes.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
Australia’s centre-right coalition defies the polls and the pundits to see off Labor against all expectation.
Plus: Norcott and Brandreth triumph at Edinburgh. Turnbull and Dutton circle in Australia. And: Corbyn’s shoddy copy of the Trump playbook.
With half his ministry on the backbenches, he looks isolated – and in denial.
A colourful, entertaining, and apparently Teflon-coated Deputy Prime Minister falls foul of a change in political culture.
A massive poll lead. Going early. A wooden leader. Mindless mantras. A despised opposition. And then collapse. The parallels are uncanny: why didn’t Crosby warn her?