Albrechtsen misses part of the story on the difficulties of reform

In a recent article in the Australian ($),*  columnist Janet Albrechtsen claims the primary reason the current federal government is having trouble getting it's economic reforms through Parliament is that people are not willing to make the needed sacrifices required to balance the budget and make government spending sustainable. Although I don't disagree with everything in her article, I …

The idea contentious political issues can be solved with common sense…

... ignores the reality of politics. Last week, current Reserve Bank board member and former Australian Industry Group CEO Heather Ridout announced ($) she would like to form a 'Normal People's Party'. I'm not entirely sure what a normal person is, but Ms Ridout claimed her party would be able to support such a person. She provided some …

Why legislative gridlock may be better than, well… actually legislating

A post I started several months ago and never finished. Apologies for the late posting, but it's still probably worth while. There's an interesting post at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, by Stanford University's Morris Fiorina. The article makes the argument it may be better if it is difficult for government and legislators to implement their agenda. I think it's a …

One story. Two interpretations.

It always amazes me how two people can see the same event, but have completely different interpretations. This brings me to today's observation: coverage of the Liberal Party leadership. According to The Age, speculation over the leadership is "at fever pitch". However, according to The Australian,* "public momentum for a leadership challenge to Tony ­Abbott is losing …