Peter Browne


Gap year

The polls are showing how far the Coalition has drifted from the mainstream, and the electoral damage could easily outlive this government IN A FEW days’ time, a full year will have passed since the federal Coalition was ahead of Labor in the opinion polls...

The battle of Mort Street

By the time the first edition of the Australian hit the streets almost fifty years ago, a vital part of Rupert Murdoch’s strategy had already run into trouble. David Bowman’s first inkling of the tidal wave about to strike Canberra was a chance encounter at...

The asylum-seeker plan that keeps disappearing over the horizon

The collateral damage is too great for policy-by-slogan to be sustainable. The alternative can bring benefits for asylum seekers and for Australia WRITING in the Guardian last month, Robert Manne saw the drop-off in boat arrivals as an opportunity for a compromise between supporters and...

Missing votes: the 2010 tally

The figures are in: almost 3,252,000 eligible Australians didn’t cast a valid vote in last month’s election, write Brian Costar and Peter Browne in Inside Story NOW THAT the final tally for last month’s election is almost complete it’s possible get a better sense of...

The ballot box wars

IN 2004 the American journalist John Fund published a book called Stealing Elections, which contained an eye-catching claim. “At least eight of the nineteen hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were actually able to register to vote in either Virginia or...