Can the ‘real Malcolm’ survive being PM?
By Associate Professor Dennis Grube The late comedian Dave Allen once joked about then-British prime minister John Major that: If John Major was drowning, his whole life would pass in front of him and he wouldn’t be in it. Political leadership is a funny thing. Allen’s joke is a reminder how easy it is for leaders […]
Liberal spill: brutal business fells leaders who lack the skill set for the job at hand
By Associate Professor Dennis Grube On November 19, 1990, the British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was in Paris at a European summit when she faced a press conference about the impending Conservative Party leadership spill back in London. She had gone to Paris knowing the challenge was on, happy to cast her vote by proxy. […]
Properties under fire: why so many Australians are inadequately insured against disaster
By Dr Kate Booth, Professor Bruce Tranter and Dr Christine Eriksen The fire season has started early. Homes were destroyed last month in bushfires near Lancefield, Victoria, while buildings and lives have been lost as fires continue to sweep through southern Western Australia. Alongside the devastating loss of life and properties, many properties potentially in […]
Talking Point: Tassie shops ride high with retail giants, internet and Mona effect
By Dr Louise Grimmer The excitement of the opening of the new Myer store in Hobart is likely to last through into the new year. It’s terrific news for local retailing that Myer has expressed confidence in the local market and committed to the state capital by unveiling a shiny new store in Liverpool St. […]