author: Andrew Thackrah

  • AUSTRALIA

    How Abbott was defeated by his own pugnaciousness

    • Andrew Thackrah
    • 15 September 2015
    24 Comments

    After Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday afternoon that he was challenging Tony Abbott for the LIberal leadership, commentators were unanimous in their speculation that Abbott would not give up the prime ministership without a fight. The pugnaciousness that characterised his political style was similarly part of the playbook of Canadian PM Stephen Harper, who was also seen to base his interaction with political adversaries on their 'standing' rather than debating policy. In Abbott's case this turned out to be a fatal flaw.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What a progressive economic policy looks like

    • Andrew Thackrah
    • 11 March 2008
    3 Comments

    One of our biggest challenges – tackling climate change – has resulted from the failures of free markets. But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and other Australian policy makers remain uncertain about how, and to what extent, governments should intervene in the operations of the capitalist system.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Through a prism darkly

    • Andrew Thackrah
    • 23 April 2006

    The politics of crisis is undermining the rights of indigenous Australians

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