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  1. Bipolar Nation - Chapter 1

    BIPOLAR NATION How to Win the 2007 Election Peter Hartcher A type of market research called the ... on the urgent new priority of global warming. This issue moved from the periphery to the centre of Australian politics so quickly ... or, as the Greens call it, “global heating”. A non-issue at the 2004 election, a background subject through most of 2005, global ...


  2. His Master's Voice - Chapter 10

    BIPOLAR NATION Response to Correspondence Peter Hartcher The ... This challenges the easy but fashionable assumption in early 2007 that Howard is finished, that he has been written off in the collective ... the highest office in the land, but we cannot yet be sure how Rudd will survive his honeymoon. The portents, however, are very good. So this is the first precondition for a party wanting to win the 2007 election – it must have a viable leader. Andrew Charlton’s claim that I ... policy and strong productivity. Owen Harries takes issue with Renouf’s characterisation of Australia as The Frightened Country. ...


  3. His Master's Voice - Chapter 6

    BIPOLAR NATION Correspondence Bill Bowtell Peter Hartcher’s essay is as ... stupid.” Applying the general rule to Australia in mid-2007, Hartcher assumes that strength of the Australian economy puts the outcome of the imminent federal election almost beyond question – that is, a fifth victory for the ... understands better than any other Australian politician how to stimulate the two opposed lobes of the brain of Hartcher’s bipolar ... up the hideous terrors that will ensue if Rudd were to win. Then, the stern father will be replaced by forgiving Dad proffering the ... gas emissions, to sign up to Kyoto or to embrace the issue of climate change. They reject Howard’s de facto alliance with ...


  4. Love & Money – Chapter 10

    ... Reading Judith Brett’s Exit Right in the last week of 2007 was a fitting end to a memorable year in Australian politics. I was ... Peter Hartcher’s thesis in the first QE of the year, Bipolar Nation . In that essay, Hartcher proposed that Howard would win the 2007 election on the twin pillars of economic management and national ... opinion had shifted so decisively by mid-2006” on this issue. From our research, what was clear is that voters were starting to make a ... to watch the sustained interest throughout 2007 in how first-time and younger voters were going to swing. Intriguing because young ...