And the rest say “no”

There’s a pattern to the success of attempts to change the Australian constitution, writes Peter Brent, with lessons for advocates of Indigenous recognition

17 Jul 14 | Comments (2)

Dancing in the dark

Both the major parties have made a habit of misinterpreting the polls on climate change, says Peter Brent. The latest results shouldn’t provide any comfort to the Coalition

03 Jul 14 | Comments (2)

Labor’s debt problem

Labor’s response to the Coalition’s argument that it was profligate during the financial crisis has been disastrously inept, argues Peter Brent

04 Sep 13 | Comments (2)

PM with a problem

Labor strategists helped to create the wrong kind of prime minister, argues Peter Brent

24 Nov 11 | Comments (5)

The sum is greater than the parts

A change of leader is the last thing the government needs, writes Peter Brent

17 Jun 10 | Comments (3)

A strange time for election watchers

The heart sees a government in big trouble; the head knows that first-term governments usually survive. Either way, it’s time for the government to throw away its rulebook, writes Peter Brent

27 May 10 | Comments (0)

Time to bury Kevin07

The prime minister needs to stop conflating policy and politics, writes Peter Brent

07 May 10 | Comments (1)

A vote-changer?

Have party strategists got it right about the electoral appeal of targeting asylum seekers, asks Peter Brent

15 Apr 10 | Comments (0)