Oz Politics Archive

Selling Liberal Party Membership

The latest membership renewal letter undermines the claim that membership of the Liberal Party is more important than ever. Rather, it reveals just how unimportant it really is.

First Steps to Better Service Delivery

There is no basis for claiming government must actually deliver services - only that it ensures they are delivered. The IPART review due in September is a great chance to address long term public sector delivery problems. If only BOF has the guts to sell and then execute the review findings.

Honours List – A Political Comms Disaster

Confirming your opponent’s narrative is about the worst thing a political communicator can do. So yesterday’s Honours List announcement was the single worst piece of political communication for a generation, surpassing even the infamous Latham-Howard handshake in 2004.

The Soft Incompetence of Low Expectations

The NSW Government is making a fuss over elective surgery waiting times. But the grand trumpeting of performance is more like a child's raspberry. Throw in ridiculously lax targets, broken processes, no use of technology, difficulty finding information and politicians who defend the department and you have...nightmare for our poorest.

Quadrant Online – The Pointless Push To Restore ‘QC’

My latest article at Quadrant Online addressing the problems Toff-Tories pose for practical conservatives. Practical conservatives should confront the Toff-Tory strawman used to demean and dismiss every argument against the soft-Left agenda. Reinstating the rank of Queen’s Counsel only makes that more difficult.

All The Wrong Innovation

Politicians and academics love the “test tube, circuits and buildings” view of innovation. You know, innovation that involves universities, laboratories, factories and photo opportunities. But innovation is just change. It’s doing something different in such a way that it develops a new product that meets someone’s needs, or delivers an existing product using fewer resources. […]

The Real Insider Issue

Given the already-exposed union corruption, one wonders when an Occupy Trades Hall movement will start. Until then, we are the 82%.

Libertarian Comms Don’t Have to be Doctrinaire

Thurber's Fable communicates liberal ideas with a lightness of touch: It is better to have the ring of freedom in your ears in than in your nose

Alcohol, Cause, and Effect

Barry O'Farrell continues his illiberal policy ineptitude.

Banalities and Inaction

Two of the world's leading conservative polemicists just happen to have written on the failings of the political class at the same time. With robust results. In an age screaming out for reform, when elected leaders adopt small target strategies, we are in real trouble.

A Declining Religious Test For Office

When a politician publicly avers that he "is still a believer in" something, it is a marker of a religious man appealing to religious prejudices. So Graham Richardson's climate confirmation is disturbing.

Quadrant Online: Well Said – And Saying Well Isn’t Enough

My latest piece up at Quadrant Online, arguing that well written, rational pieces supporting classical liberal institutions like free speech won't make a jot of difference.

The Political Class Mantra

It's true. Disunity is short-term electoral death. It's also true that a political team that doesn't want to be held accountable by its own side is basically governing for themselves, neither in the interests of a party philosophy, nor in the interests of good government. For much of the senior political class, the interests of the government and the Party reduce to that of the top 20 leaders and influencers. Something like, perhaps, L'état, et le parti politique, c'est moi.

BCA Stands Up – For Mates’ Money

It is positive to see a business group arguing for classical liberal concepts in the public domain and taking on a nannying and statist government. Pity it only appears when the superannuation and retirement income of the upper echelons of corporate Australia come under threat.

A New Standard is Barely a Standard

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has tried to make a splash with A New Standard, a policy and internal process document designed to address the Obeid/MacDonald/Roozendaal and other assorted stinks hovering over NSW Labor. Assessment: some useful suggested political reforms and token internal process reforms. Traction to reinvigorate NSW Labor brand? Zero.