Former Premier Jay Weatherill says he wants Labor to make his federal election post-mortem available to the public, telling party stalwarts in Adelaide it made a mistake in not adequately reviewing its narrow 2016 loss to Malcolm Turnbull before sleepwalking into this year’s shock defeat.
State Labor has been warned not to alienate its working-class base by being aggressively “pro-environment”, with data showing swings against the party in heartland booths.
Political parties review their strategies after election campaigns. It’s time the Australian media did the same, to better hold power to account, argues Rodney Tiffen.
There is, of course, a vast gulf of difference between politics and government, but it’s also true that if you can’t master the former, you won’t get to do much of the latter.