Author: John Warhurst

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Campaigning to Christians

    • John Warhurst
    • 30 June 2010
    6 Comments

    Christians rarely agree on what they want from government. The Australian Christian Lobby jumped the gun last week with its forum for political leaders to address Christian voters: the elevation of Julia Gillard means it now needs to engage afresh with a new Prime Minister.

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    Julia vs Kevin

    • John Warhurst
    • 31 May 2010
    18 Comments

    Gillard has all it takes to be an excellent prime minister. Her best chance of gaining that position might be from opposition. This would mean Labor losing in 2010 and rising from the ashes in 2013 under her leadership.

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    Rise of Tasmania's 'Green devils'

    • John Warhurst
    • 27 April 2010
    12 Comments

    The Greens represent not just 20 per cent of the Tasmanian electorate but 10 per cent of the national electorate. Australian politics will benefit when the Greens are better integrated into the system rather than frozen out.

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    Abbott, Santamaria and Catholic Liberals

    • John Warhurst
    • 30 March 2010
    22 Comments

    Tony Abbott had a close association with B. A. Santamaria and personifies church ties with politics through his relationship with the man he has called his confessor, Cardinal Pell. The question is whether Abbott is a one-off or represents a larger group of Catholic Liberals.

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    Scapegoating ministers

    • John Warhurst
    • 02 March 2010
    12 Comments

    We are often quick to blame government ministers. In the case of Bill Shorten, Stephen Conroy and Peter Garrett, they may emerge with tarnished reputations. But in rushing to criticise our ministers we often let ourselves off the hook too easily.

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    Prince William vs the Republic of Australia

    • John Warhurst
    • 25 January 2010
    18 Comments

    William's visit laid bare the weaknesses of members of the Royal Family as candidates for our head of state. The package represented by William should be anathema to modern Australia's constitutional future, whatever he might have to offer as a person.

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    Abbott needs to be a better boxer

    • John Warhurst
    • 16 December 2009
    7 Comments

    Tony Abbott sees the role of the Opposition as merely to oppose the Government. This fits the image of Abbott the boxer standing his ground resolutely in the middle of the ring. But it is a simplistic view not just of Opposition, but of boxing.

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    Future dim for splintered Liberals

    • John Warhurst
    • 01 December 2009
    4 Comments

    The Liberal Party now contains deeper and wider ideological divisions than the Labor Party. This will be true regardless of who emerges as leader today. The question is whether the party can survive such deep differences without fragmenting.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why Australia needs the Vatican

    • John Warhurst
    • 04 November 2009
    11 Comments

    Tim Fischer, Australian Ambassador to the Vatican, has a vital role in a state he calls a hub of power and intelligence. One can't help but wonder if Cardinal George Pell thinks he, rather than Fischer, should be Rudd's man in the Vatican.

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    Nelson, Turnbull and other political sprinters

    • John Warhurst
    • 08 September 2009
    1 Comment

    With Nelson's departure the Liberals have lost yet another experienced but relatively youthful member of its leadership team. Even if the Party loses the next election they should urge Turnbull to stay on in a lesser role, possibly to serve with distinction in a future Liberal Government.

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    Former politicians make incestuous lobbyists

    • John Warhurst
    • 26 August 2009
    2 Comments

    The process of making public policy shouldn't be like a school reunion. Former politicians have a right to do what they like after leaving Parliament, but those who opt to serve the community sector, rather than hanging around politics, are to be admired.

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    Aggro Abbott vs Hockey the bear

    • John Warhurst
    • 29 July 2009
    7 Comments

    Hockey, a big friendly bear of a man, is popular in the electorate. Abbott suffers from his aggressive stance and his image as a conservative Catholic. Both are contenders for the Liberal leadership should Turnbull fall before the next federal election.

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