Geoff Gallop's career in WA politics spanned 20 years, culminating in his election as premier in 2001 after ousting long-time Liberal premier Richard Court. He stepped down in 2006 after publicly admitting a battle with depression. He is now a professor at Sydney Universityâ€™s Graduate School of Government, and still campaigns to raise awareness of mental health. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.
Geoff Gallop With Australia Day just around the corner it's a good time to reflect on what values and ethos we need to guide us into the future.
Geoff Gallop Surely, you may say, religion is more important than politics.
Geoff Gallop We all have our biases. Mine are Geraldton, Swan Districts Football Club, the Labor Party, the state of Western Australia..........and government schools!
Geoff Gallop Many of the nation's political analysts and commentators think the next federal election is a foregone conclusion and will bring with it a Coalition Government.
Geoff Gallop Once upon a time it was easy to define "left-wing". It meant someone who believed in the socialisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange, in other words a socialist.
Geoff Gallop We've seen Tony Abbott as a Minister in the Howard Government and as a Leader of the Opposition since 2009.
Geoff Gallop For baby boomers like me 1974 and 1975 were big years. Richard Nixon was forced from office in the former and Gough Whitlam in the latter.
Geoff Gallop Think of the past week - Europe, Obamacare, the carbon tax and asylum policy - what does this mean for Australian politics?
Geoff Gallop There’s plenty that’s been said about Queen Elizabeth in recent days and there’s no doubt the praise she has received has been fully deserved.
Geoff Gallop Probably the most used word in the world of economics and politics today is "uncertainty".
Geoff Gallop Making sure our capitalist system works for all its citizens has never been easy, even in a country like Australia with its expanding resource sector and strategic location in the Asia-Pacific.
Geoff Gallop We all have our favourite word. For the religious it's "compassion" and for the philosophically inclined it's "wisdom"
Geoff Gallop When Anna Bligh decided to go ahead with a significant privatisation program after the state election in 2009 she signed up for almost certain defeat. I say this for three reasons.
Geoff Gallop When you drill down into life and the human condition what do you find? Is there a truth or truths that explain it all? Does life have a purpose beyond history as we know it?
Geoff Gallop Opinion polls and focus groups are an invaluable part of the political process today. They can pick up trends, point to regional and other differences and, in the case of focus groups, provide useful...
Geoff Gallop Now that the vote has been taken and the dust has settled it is appropriate to ask whether or not any lessons can be learnt from Labor’s leadership contest.
Geoff Gallop Eric Ripper can be proud of his achievements in politics.
Geoff Gallop Parliamentary politics can be unforgiving and brutal and it brings out the best and the worst from otherwise settled and jovial individuals when leadership is at stake.
Geoff Gallop Adversarial politics: why the public isn't buying it.
Geoff Gallop The concept is suitable in principle, but can the states and territories trust the Commonwealth to stick to the agreement?