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  1. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 2

    ... it more harshly than the Coalition when it fails to deliver reform. The issue that triggered Labor’s loss of face in 2010 was climate change. Kevin ... The mining tax wasn’t a significant vote-switcher in the end, but climate change was, because Julia Gillard finished on the same ... before legislating to put a price on carbon pollution. Leadership and conviction were at issue once more. Conservatives see the ... was the lowest for an incoming government in the post-war era. At 43.4 per cent, it was around 6 per cent less than when it seized power ... Rudd wanted to be Hawke and Howard, so no medium was too trivial and no question too small for him to answer. An excess of accessibility ... Let’s start with the stethoscope: the media. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 2 ...


  2. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 5

    ... call. And he denied him again on telecommunications reform in 1990, when Keating wanted the old Telecom split up and exposed to ... 8 per cent. Hawke and Keating entered public life at the end of the long post-war boom. Hawke became ACTU president in 1970, the year ... nothing at stake, the prosperity generation exaggerated the trivial. Latham played the SNAG card by asking Howard why his government ... with the disintegration of the state government over the issue of electricity privatisation. But the condition he describes applies ... Sinodinos says. “I think it would have finished his leadership and would have allowed Peter Costello to come up.” I spoke to ... of the fuel excise, marked the formal end of the reform era. The motor lobby had only asked for a one-off 1.5-cents-a-litre reduction ... was cowed by Howard, and captured by the polls. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 5 ...


  3. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 3

    ... was prompted by Rudd’s disconcerting habit of dashing from issue to issue. I explained all this to him over a cup of tea in Melbourne four ... that he had taken on so many projects that he might end up getting nothing done. Rudd feared that if a leader didn’t feed the ... to mount a successful challenge to Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership of the Liberal Party in late 2009; the emails created the impression ... case the problem began with him, but it also reflected the era. The pressure to be everywhere removed the sense of occasion when the prime ... focus groups. It is no way to run a national conversation. Reform, by definition, must be preceded by a sustained debate. Rudd, and Howard ... the battering in the polls that this would entail. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 3 ...


  4. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 6

    ... a generation. No nation should be so lucky that it delays reform indefinitely without suffering any consequences.  The last time ... appeared to decouple from the United States was at the end of the 1960s, when they had a recession and we didn’t. By 1975, we had ... the polls left him no choice. Too late, because it was this issue, along with WorkChoices, that brought Labor to power. It seems so long ... was the time bomb Rudd had placed under his own leadership by procrastinating. Without an early election, the window for ... must have known the gods were smiling on him. In the reform era of the 1980s and ’90s, any party that announced new spending without ... in the polls again, or if an early election is called. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 6 ...


  5. The Happy Life - Chapter 12

    TRIVIAL PURSUIT Correspondence Barry Jones Trivial Pursuit is a masterly account of the 2010 federal election. David ... the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. What Megalogenis calls “the end of the reform era” is Tony Judt’s “post-political era.” The Australian scene is ... transforming society. Who are their current equivalents in leadership positions and what causes are they passionate about? Once people ...


  6. The Happy Life - Chapter 9

    TRIVIAL PURSUIT Correspondence Mark O’Connor George Megalogenis is a ... the right to malign those who do see it as a major policy issue; and the implied conflation of boatpeople and immigration numbers is ... in which case it is also untrue. Neither leader promised an end to Australia’s rapid population growth, only a certain scaling back of ... Howard and Rudd seems to be (to judge from his subtitle “leadership and the end of the reform era”) a “reform” carried out by decisive leaders.  I had no idea, ...