A state budget proposal to spend $40 million on community-driven local spending is nothing but pork-barrelling dressed up as direct democracy, writes Mark Brindal.
The recent divisive round of Liberal preselections was no failure, argues former MP Mark Brindal - who explains why party hard-heads are too "savvy" to countenance an assault on Steven Marshall's leadership.
Beware the grand political gesture, writes former Liberal minister Mark Brindal. More often than not they are the ill-considered over-reaction of a government that has either made a mistake or finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion.
The state Liberal Party should re-visit attempts to formalise and strengthen its factions. The reward, writes former Liberal minister Mark Brindal, could be a decade of political domination.
A new outbreak of factional plotting within the South Australian Liberal Party needs to be stamped out quickly by the party's leadership or the consequences could be disastrous, writes former longstanding Liberal MP Mark Brindal.
Malcolm Turnbull's gamble, like David Cameron's before him, has opened the floodgates on a wave of anti-establishment sentiment. Former Liberal MP Mark Brindal considers the rise of the independents - and the future of the major parties.