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Shaun Carney is a regular columnist. An author and former associate editor of the Age, he is a vice-chancellor’s professorial fellow at Monash University and a visiting fellow at UNSW Canberra.

Pandemic leave reversal is a teachable moment for Albanese
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Pandemic leave reversal is a teachable moment for Albanese

The federal government’s justification for ending the pandemic leave payment did not wash. It fell over at the first hurdle.

  • by Shaun Carney

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Greens need to stop and think before they throw a spanner in the works
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Greens need to stop and think before they throw a spanner in the works

After so many wasted years, it’s hard to see the value in the Greens undermining the one major party that’s ready to tackle climate change.

  • by Shaun Carney
Labor must fight complacency as leaders swing into campaign gear
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Labor must fight complacency as leaders swing into campaign gear

The Andrews government is in a delicate place. The turnover of ministers tells us it’s either going through a refresh or has moved into an accelerated phase of decay.

  • by Shaun Carney
The parallels between Dan and Jeff cannot be ignored
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The parallels between Dan and Jeff cannot be ignored

Is the Dan Andrews movie a faithful reboot of the late 20th century Jeff Kennett blockbuster? The answer is probably “not the same, but retains some key elements of the original and the new one isn’t over yet”.

  • by Shaun Carney
The political earthquake about to shake Melbourne’s outer suburbs
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The political earthquake about to shake Melbourne’s outer suburbs

I was born and raised in the Frankston-Seaford area decades ago when it was only just joining the suburban sprawl. I understand the frustration of voters waiting for train stations and good schools.

  • by Shaun Carney
The Greens could fatally wound Labor, as they have done before
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The Greens could fatally wound Labor, as they have done before

When it comes to ideology this election, the Coalition had none, Labor had too little, and the Greens have too much.

  • by Shaun Carney
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Labor can’t afford to sit back and enjoy its winnings in Victoria
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Labor can’t afford to sit back and enjoy its winnings in Victoria

The Liberals’ historical base has been lost. But Labor’s figures in the state should be viewed as a serious concern for the ALP leadership and the party’s strategists.

  • by Shaun Carney
Victoria’s votes might just matter in this federal election
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Victoria’s votes might just matter in this federal election

The evidence of the 2019 election, bolstered by the polling since then, is that Scott Morrison is not liked by most Victorians. Anthony Albanese is tolerated rather than enthusiastically embraced

  • by Shaun Carney
The state budget is an attempt to win back the Dan haters
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The state budget is an attempt to win back the Dan haters

The halo effect of having steered the community through the frightening years of a pandemic is waning fast for Daniel Andrews. His re-election budget outlays close to $50 billion in spending.

  • by Shaun Carney
Coalition spins voters’ entrenched perceptions into political gold
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Coalition spins voters’ entrenched perceptions into political gold

Australians might be generally happy ensconcing Labor governments in their state capitals, but not in Canberra – for this reason.

  • by Shaun Carney
Albanese needs to fix more than gaffes to win over voters
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Albanese needs to fix more than gaffes to win over voters

After his early blunder, the Labor leader must stop the waffle and quickly wrest control of the political narrative.

  • by Shaun Carney