Sean Kelly
is a political commentator and writer, and a former adviser to prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

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News June 11, 2016

The two battles of the 2016 election

“That is all you need to know about election 2016. It is a battle of two battles. The Coalition needs voters to see it as a choice between stability and instability. The ALP needs the same voters to decide their vote based on fairness versus unfairness.”

Opinion January 23, 2016

Abetz and Andrews’ petty politicking dogs statesman Turnbull

“It is the worst type of cynicism to use the battle against Daesh as some kind of proxy for the fight between Liberal moderates and conservatives.”

Opinion August 29, 2015

Abbott baulking the talk

“Abbott must now decide, firmly and without second-guessing himself, what it is he wants to achieve in politics. ”

Opinion May 30, 2015

The dog and Tony show

“Both the public and the Liberal backbench get confusing signals about the government’s policy. That suggests either genuine tension between Abbott and Hockey, or a failure to get media strategies lined up. ”

Opinion May 23, 2015

Libs, ALP need courage under ire in face of opinion polls

“A complaint turns us all into comrades-in-outrage. They’re easy to agree with, even if you happen to like the person or party being complained about.”

Opinion November 29, 2014

Every parliament’s rule of three

“Many, myself included, thought that Abbott the tight-lipped automaton would become a convincing human once he had actually been elected. We were wrong.”

Opinion July 18, 2014

Scott Morrison, the minister of truth

Scott Morrison’s abuse of language ties the asylum-seeker debate in Orwellian knots.

Opinion May 31, 2014

Failure of imagination

The budget reveals the government’s inability to put itself in the shoes of its electorate.