Lindsay Tanner

Kevin Rudd's fatal power failure

Phillip Chubb After Copenhagen Kevin Rudd knew he could not just give up on climate policy, but what was to be done?

The rise and fall of Julia Gillard


Peter Hartcher In the fourth part of a five-part investigation, Peter Harcher reveals that factors that led to the downfall of Australia's first female prime minister,

Inside the Rudd hit

Therese Rein wife of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wipes a tear during his press conference on Thursday 24 June 2010 Parliament House Canberra after he was deposed by Julia Gillard. Photo by Andrew Meares / Fairfax SPECIAL 2222

Maxine McKew It was one of the most brutal coups in Australian political history and Julia Gillard was at its heart.

Labor outlook bleak: Tanner

Phillip Coorey The former finance minister, Lindsay Tanner, says the Australian Labor Party could be entering a period of ''unprecedented bleakness'' due to a combination of factors - including the rising affluence...

Tanner denies fanning leadership row as he closes political chapter


Lenore Taylor, Phillip Coorey LINDSAY TANNER says his book criticising the Labor Party and the poll-driven ''panic'' that led to the coup against Kevin Rudd was not designed to help provoke another leadership change.

Rudd says Gillard crew needs to toughen up

Alp backbencher Kevin Rudd during question time at Parliament House Canberra on 19 September 2012.

Chris Johnson Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has delivered a clear message to government ministers who are angry that his time in office has been publicly defended, saying they should be tough enough to wear it.

After the tumble, and staffer bumble, she's ready to rumble

Julia Gillard

Michael Gordon A literal and metaphorical fall for Julia Gillard sees the PM starting the parliamentary year on the back foot, and in dire need of a leap of faith to retain the leadership.

Colleagues see red over Rudd's plans

Kevin Rudd.

Phillip Coorey THE Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, has raised the ire of colleagues by proposing a democratic overhaul of the Labor Party far greater than any of the reforms being proposed at this...

Rudd was beheaded, and it was all for nothing, Tanner laments


Phillip Coorey LINDSAY TANNER attributes the coup against Kevin Rudd last year to the culture of modern-day politics in which MPs are spooked by an increasingly rapacious media cycle.

Life after the circus: Tanner on politics

Lindsay Tanner is happy to have escaped ''sideshow syndrome''.

Michael Gordon Former Labor Party minister Lindsay Tanner laments in his book Sideshow the demise of big issues, big ideas and big battles amid the rise of petty intrigue, gimmicks and stunts.

Big ideas forgotten as clowns take centre stage

Lindsay Tanner

Michael Gordon For a long time, Lindsay Tanner couldn't quite pin it down. The big changes in his life after politics were obvious enough - a four-day week, more time with his four kids, Mondays on the farm - but...

Tanner blames the media

Lindsay Tanner

Former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner has launched a broadside at what he describes as the 24-hour media "carnival".

Canberra catches the travel bug … at a cost

Julia Gillard

Lucy Battersby FEDERAL public servants will spend at least $1.5 billion on airfares over three years despite attempts to reduce federal travel costs and bargain for bulk discounts, new tender documents show.

Haunted by the ghost of PM past


On Tuesday, Kevin Rudd visited the federal Labor MP, Daryl Melham, in his southern Sydney seat of Banks. Melham, in common with federal Labor MPs in the western suburbs, is in need of help.

Bandt arrives to offer advice to city candidates

THE Greens MP Adam Bandt made history at the 2010 federal election by wresting the once-safe Labor seat of Melbourne from the ALP and yesterday came to Sydney to try to help two candidates do the...

Something rotten in the state of politics, say old foes

Tom Hyland and Josh Gordon WHEN they were politicians they rarely agreed on anything. Not now. Bob Carr, Jeff Kennett and Steve Bracks; Peter Costello, Gareth Evans and Lindsay Tanner; Carmen Lawrence and Alexander Downer.

Bishop lashes cuts to Foreign Affairs

Phillip Coorey A push to cut funding to the Foreign Affairs Department to help recover revenue lost from free trade agreements makes a mockery of the government's claim to be an economic reformer, the opposition...

Out in the cold: Rudd held fake budget meetings to stop leaks

Kevin Rudd

Phillip Coorey KEVIN RUDD and his senior ministers were so suspicious of Lindsay Tanner that they used to hold fake pre-budget meetings to ensure their plans did not leak.

Gillard patches up rift with Labor factions

Phillip Coorey JULIA GILLARD has reconnected the Labor Party leadership with the factions by hosting a dinner for factional conveners at The Lodge.

Grants breaches widespread: audit

Federal bureaucrats often failed to warn ministers against approving controversial grants that could harm their political careers, an audit has found.