Dear Mumble-readers, Mumble moves today to the Australian. It will be a mainly online gig, doing the kind of stuff I’ve done here but more frantically and often.
I love youse all, thanks for indulging me at this place and I invite you to continue at the new one. If only to judge if/how the piper-payer [...]
- That’s not a poll driven prime minister – this is a poll driven prime minister
We all thought Kevin Rudd was content-free and gutless; Julia Gillard has indicated she’s likely to gutless out on the mining tax. She was party to every previous bit of Rudd government gutlessing out. What’s left?
- The best, perhaps only, government policy explainer, [...]
It is a fact a modern life that judgements about how a party is “travelling” rest almost solely on the latest published opinion polls. Commentators bring in all sorts of “reasons”, but poll numbers are the main motivation. And it’s the ones published in newspapers that really count: Newspoll, ACNielsen and Galaxy. The latest Morgan face-to-face and Essential have Labor ahead, [...]
After last week’s Kerry-Kevin mini-clash, Tony Abbott should have expected a bit of a going over on 7:30 Report last night. He got it, and he wasn’t prepared. Ow.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s Oz, Glenn Milne launched into Laurie Oakes for presumably being loaded with questions by Labor in his previous day’s interview with Abbott. (Shock horror!) By [...]
Everybody is carrying on about Julia Gillard these days, and how much better than Kevin Rudd she is. Julia Julia Julia. You know, she is so good that if she were leading the government they’d be ahead in the opinion polls 58 to 42 again mate!
Truth be told, Julia is as bad at explaining things [...]
I’m giving a wee talk on my Parliamentary Library Project (tentatively called “The Twitter Election”) in Parliament House Library Conference Room at 12:30 today.
Am looking at use of the new media in this election year by federal pollies and journos. Project is in early stages, so will be soliciting advice and ideas.
Hon Dick Adams introducing. More info [...]
In the Oz (tables at bottom).
A difference between Latham v Howard (2004) and Abbott v Rudd (2010): Latham generated the (at the time) highest approval ratings for an opposition leader. Abbott hasn’t (and won’t) done that.
But Latham also pushed the then PM’s approval up, while Abbott has dragged his opponent’s down. Well, Rudd has done much [...]
I’m at the Parliament House Library for the year, as the (drumroll) 2010 Parliamentary Fellow. My research project deals with the use of “new media” by federal political players in this election year. Those players, at this stage, are MPs and the press gallery.
To this end I have joined Twitter at http://twitter.com/mumbletwits. (Just ‘mumble’ wasn’t [...]