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[26 Jul 2018 | One Comment | 94 views ]

by Ross Fitzgerald
When the elites ignore the electorate, a vacuum will form
Among political insiders, I detect some relief that the two-party-preferred Newspoll gap between the Turnbull government and the Shorten opposition has narrowed and a sense that a comforting normalcy may be returning to our politics.
Unlike the Liberal Party base, insiders quite like the current federal government because it doesn’t challenge centre-left orthodoxies the way the Howard government did and the way the Abbott government did to an even greater extent. That’s …

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[11 Jul 2018 | No Comment | 59 views ]

Australians confront a grim choice: a purported conservative who is nothing of the kind and an unctuously insincere main-chancer who makes the skin crawl. Labor doesn’t deserve to win and the Liberals deserve to lose, but one party will — and the country will go right on being stiffed and stuffed
OPINION BY PROFESSOR ROSS FITZGERALD
The federal government’s GST plan, to give the states more money but not to redesign a bad system, shows how degraded Australian public life has become. At …