Andrew Peacock and Tony Abbott

Health party pref

Is Tony Abbott as much of a political liability as Labor hopes? Could he duplicate Andrew Peacock’s relative success as Liberal leader in 1984? Abbott  served as Health minister from late 2003 to the defeat of the Howard government. At the 2004 election one factor contributing to the easy re-election of the Howard government was […]

Thanking Peter Costello? American budget deficits and politics

The example of Barack Obama suggests that Kevin Rudd has much to thank Peter Costello for, the Howard government did not follow the example of the American right on fiscal policy and bequeath a huge deficit. The Democrats are struggling in the polls and may lose substantial grounds at the 2010 Congressional elections. They are […]

Ghosts of John Elliott and Katherine West

Malcolm Turnbull’s basic problem is that like John Howard Mark I he is out of step with his own party. Howard won the Liberal leadership in 1985 due to missteps by Andrew Peacock rather than any strong base of support. Turnbull, once Peter Costello was gone, was the only credible candidate once Brendan Nelson fell […]