Michael Gawenda

Capitalism's not what it used to be

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As debate grows in the US about jobs, wages and distribution of capital, Australian politicians have yet to fully articulate their response to a time of major technological and economic change.

Why Andrew Bolt's distress is truly uncomfortable

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That Andrew Bolt had expected more support from Jewish leaders for his free speech campaign suggests uncomfortable things in the context of the debate over section 18C.

The entitlement of card-carrying boomers

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There's little evidence Joe Hockey's 'end of entitlement' mantra applies to the boomer generation. In a sense, health card privileges reveal the confusion and timidity of that debate.

Hate is not a dirty word

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As long as they don't incite violence, people should still be free to express repugnant views. It doesn't follow that this will give racism any sort of legitimacy.

Time for Abbott's 'banana republic' moment

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Australia's growing fear of the future makes it a strange time for the government to see a polling honeymoon. Is Tony Abbott capable of levelling with Australians about what's next?

The dubious virtues of Abbott's revolution

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The Liberal Party is on a radical mission to re-define itself, for the first time in history, as a true party of small government, self-reliance and 'private virtue'… seemingly, no matter what the costs.

Nelson is the ghost in Shorten's mirror

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Brendan Nelson's brief tenure heading the Liberal Party shows the fate of opposition leaders with the type of mild, insipid manners Bill Shorten has suddenly adopted.

Lessons in liberalism from New York's left turn

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New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, promises to tackle the city's growing inequality by taxing the ultra-rich. Australian politicians should take note of the huge support for his liberal agenda.

The political ghosts haunting Parliament House

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Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard will be absent from the political arena next year, but the toxic legacy they created will continue to cast shadows over Australian politics and journalism in 2014.

Abbott is manufacturing a jobs disaster

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Productivity in the digital age is destroying many manufacturing jobs, including in the auto industry. Governments must have a plan to mitigate the rising fallout.

Tapping into a free speech barney

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Whether in matters of spying or racial discrimination, the boundaries of free speech cannot be curtailed without problem.

One million votes against politics

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Acute disengagement of younger voters from Australia’s political system is coinciding with intense discussion about the irrelevance of politicians. And it’s taking place outside of traditional media.

It's time to recover from the Labor addiction

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Now Labor's in opposition, its factional ructions and dummy spits don't matter so much to Australia. Journalists, and the party itself, will have to learn to adjust.

Why the Gillard memory won't be easily forgotten

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The Labor Party may want to forget about the Gillard and Rudd years, but the overwhelming show of love for Julia Gillard in Sydney and Melbourne shows that the Labor has some soul-searching left to do.

Labor must finally break its addiction

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Unless Labor can wean itself off the drug of opinion polls, the leader it chooses in coming days won't last long enough to have a chance of election victory in six years.

In Rudd's end is Abbott's beginning

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It’s Labor failures, for which Kevin Rudd is mostly responsible, that have caused such a boring election campaign. But on Saturday night things will suddenly, momentously change.

Rudd must put his popularity to the people

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Kevin Rudd justified his deposition of Julia Gillard by saying it’s what voters wanted. If he’s so sure, why not call an election immediately?

Fact is, fiction's not only in politics

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Some disputed facts – like whether Tony Abbott is sexist or Julia lied – are impossible to prove. That doesn’t mean journalism should be exempt from fact-checking.

The tyranny of polling is now complete

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The ascending influence of opinion polling has now locked in a style of federal politics that’s little more than a popularity contest. Call it the modern cult of leadership.

Rudd rose up on the death of difference

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Kevin Rudd's singular ability to cheat political mortality cannot be separated from a lack of distinction between the major parties' platforms.

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