Phillip Coorey is the Australian Financial Review's Chief Political Correspondent, based in Canberra. Previously he was the Chief Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Political Editor for Adelaide's The Advertiser. He has been in the Canberrra Press Gallery since 1998, except for 2003 and 2004 when he was the New York correspondent for News Ltd.
Phillip Coorey Several factors contributed to Kevin Rudd's downfall and chief among them was his decision to sideline the factions and designate himself the sole authority.
Phillip Coorey Panic caused Labor to slump in the polls. Now it has resorted to panic to reverse the slump. Never in contemporary politics has a party, let alone a government, inflicted such misery on itself.