No one can accuse the Australian Government of excessive haste in embracing the transparency movement sweeping the global mining industry: my analysis for the Australian Institute of International Affairs website.
My review of Michael Cooney's account of his experiences as Julia Gillard's speechwriter - an acute expose of her weaknesses as well as her considerable strengths, as well as a valuable addition to a genre of literature by Labor Prime Ministerial speechwriters.
"In the wall of prime minister Bob Hawke’s office in the old Parliament House there was a tiny hole, about the size of a thumbnail. It was not a design flaw or a listening device snuck in by a foreign spy agency. It was a peephole, a beautifully simple way for the occupant of the adjacent office, the principal private secretary, to monitor his boss..."