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By bringing two non-Labor parliamentarians into cabinet, Mike Rann has broadened his government's support, writes Norman Abjorensen
AUSTRALIA’S political culture is intensely adversarial. Historically, a winner-takes-all approach is the dominant characteristic usually displayed by parties that win elections.
But that’s changing -...
THERE was a time, hard as it might be to imagine, when the Australian Labor Party struck fear into the hearts of the establishment, and it is this very fear that has shaped the Australian political landscape to this day. This year marks the centenary...
AFTER THE LABOR GOVERNMENT, the organisation facing the biggest test in the Queensland election was the new conservative hybrid, the Liberal National Party. It had polled well in the lead-up to the election, but in reality the swing it needed - in the vicinity of...
Reflecting on the recent decision to ban two Islamist books, Norm Abjorensen is critical of how censorship has been used in the war on terror to pursue political rather than security goals.
In July 2006 the Australian Government took the unusual step of banning...
GIVEN the predilection of Australian voters to give an incumbent the benefit of the doubt, by far the hardest task in politics is winning government from opposition. With meagre resources and faced by governments that have an entire bureaucracy on call, an opposition leader who...