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John Hewson is a professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, and a former Liberal opposition leader.

Beware the Trumpification of our politics
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Beware the Trumpification of our politics

There are lessons for Australian politicians in the message that American voters have sent to Donald Trump: short-term populism is not the answer.

  • by John Hewson

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Coalition wrong to blame Turnbull for loss
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Coalition wrong to blame Turnbull for loss

If you are going to apportion blame for the Wentworth result, go directly to Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton and the mere handful of bitter and twisted little men who supported them.

  • by John Hewson
Voters of Wentworth can send a message on climate governance
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Voters of Wentworth can send a message on climate governance

Turn the Wentworth byelection into a referendum on climate policy.

  • by John Hewson
Adopt quotas for female MPs or face extinction
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Adopt quotas for female MPs or face extinction

I have always opposed quotas, but given the obvious flaws with merit as a basis of pre-selection, a 50 per cent quota by 2025 now seems essential.

  • by John Hewson
Morrison has failed in handling of Dutton controversy
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Morrison has failed in handling of Dutton controversy

Allowing Dutton to abuse parliamentary privilege with gutter-level attacks seriously undermines the new Prime Minister's projected “wholesomeness”.

  • by John Hewson
Issue has proved too big for run of Australian leaders
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Issue has proved too big for run of Australian leaders

From Howard to Turnbull, each played opportunistic politics with an issue upon which most Australians are united. Each of them failed and fell. Morrison is unlikely to do much better.

  • by John Hewson
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Turnbull and Shorten must unite - and silence Abbott
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Turnbull and Shorten must unite - and silence Abbott

Ignore all he says and does. Tony Abbott is just for Abbott, hoping to return to the leadership by destroying the PM. And Turnbull should call him out on it - for the sake of the nation.

  • by John Hewson
He won't admit it, but Turnbull knows Shorten has his number
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He won't admit it, but Turnbull knows Shorten has his number

If Malcolm Turnbull wants to win the next election, he needs to hit the Opposition Leader where it hurts.

  • by John Hewson
Tender will allow Coalition to dig its way out of coal hole
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Tender will allow Coalition to dig its way out of coal hole

The divisions within the Coalition on energy won’t go away, even though they are costing it electoral support and may ultimately cost it government.

  • by John Hewson
Abbott's real agenda in reigniting favourite fire
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Abbott's real agenda in reigniting favourite fire

Tony Abbott will now seize any opportunity and manufacture any argument to undermine Turnbull’s leadership. So much for his integrity.

  • by John Hewson
Voters are sick of the blame game
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Voters are sick of the blame game

Some issues are clearly bigger than any of our politicians tasked with addressing them and carry a significance that will extend well beyond the duration of the political careers of those involved.

  • by John Hewson