Search Results: John Warhurst is Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University and a Canberra

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    Dangers of Indigenous referendum

    • John Warhurst
    • 01 December 2010
    5 Comments

    The debate about the Indigenous constitutional referendum proposed by the Gillard Government is heading in a dangerous direction. Naysayers will not defeat it. What may defeat it is division among those who are supporters in principle but not supporters of the particular proposal.

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    The religious beliefs of Australia's prime ministers

    • John Warhurst
    • 11 November 2010
    12 Comments

    Nine prime ministers have been observant Christians. Two have been conventional Christians. Ten have been nominal Christians. Five have been articulate atheists or agnostics. One was a nominal atheist or agnostic.

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    Political opposition need not be nasty

    • John Warhurst
    • 03 November 2010
    16 Comments

    Adversarial politics can be seen as a necessary and positive aspect of Westminster style parliamentary politics. This does not include needless aggression that is expressed in a nasty tone and apparent anger.

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    Rehabilitating Rudd and Turnbull

    • John Warhurst
    • 27 September 2010
    6 Comments

    Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull's past faults and misdemeanours have been forgotten and they have been charged with new responsibilities at the heart of Australia's domestic and international futures. The new leaders must wish their vanquished colleagues great success. But not too much.

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    The perils of holding the balance of power

    • John Warhurst
    • 30 August 2010
    10 Comments

    Though the Independents are raising expectations about a 'new politics', the forces behind the status quo are strong and the public is fickle. If they fail to deliver they might eventually suffer a backlash, like Kevin Rudd and the Democrats before them.

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    The election Rudd could have won

    • John Warhurst
    • 23 August 2010
    32 Comments

    The result suggests some fascinating questions. Prime among them is whether Labor panicked and threw away this election when it deposed Kevin Rudd and replaced him with Julia Gillard in June. Would Rudd have done better? The answer is probably yes.

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    Nothing underhanded about Labor-Greens deal

    • John Warhurst
    • 27 July 2010
    18 Comments

    Appearing last week on ABC1's Q+A, Julie Bishop claimed that following a preference deal with the Labor Party, the Greens were now effectively a Labor faction. Preference deals areĀ as old as the preferential system itself. The impact of these deals should not be exaggerated.

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    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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