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

Australia, as designed in the 1890s, is past its use-by date
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Australia, as designed in the 1890s, is past its use-by date

The overlap in key policy areas, the failure to clearly allocate policy and delivery responsibilities, the misallocation of important responsibilities, different legal and regulatory jurisdictions and rules, and so on, results in enormously wasteful government spending.

  • by John Hewson

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So this is Christmas: why pollies need to make it a better new year
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So this is Christmas: why pollies need to make it a better new year

Spin, fear-mongering and win-at-all-costs politics ... the major parties face a major challenge to earn back the trust of voters.

  • by John Hewson
Morrison's big stick on energy defies what a true Liberal believes in
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Morrison's big stick on energy defies what a true Liberal believes in

Small government, low regulation, faith in the market. These tenets are being thrown overboard in the desperation to win at all costs.

  • by John Hewson
A directionless, self-obsessed rabble: Liberal brand is damaged goods
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A directionless, self-obsessed rabble: Liberal brand is damaged goods

The party is now characterised by disunity, disloyalty and tribalism, not by principle or policy or the national interest.

  • by John Hewson
Morrison's 'captain's call' on Israel embassy was a misguided stunt
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Morrison's 'captain's call' on Israel embassy was a misguided stunt

The PM was naive to imagine he could significantly shift the Jewish vote and he ignored the overwhelming weight of informed opinion.

  • by John Hewson
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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