Pete Shmigel

Tough love: NSW Lockdown 2.0 is very wrong

29 June 2021 1:01 pm

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Tough love: behave, be humble and believe in something

9 June 2021 8:20 pm

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Being in opposition is awesome (really)

4 June 2021 4:00 am

If you ever catch a cuppa with an Australian federal or state politician who is out of government and in…

Australian political journalism is crap

18 May 2021 4:00 am

‘The Coalition has abandoned debt and deficit in a monumental shift to its political narrative.’ That’s the refrain we’ve basically…

Tough love: we are letting ourselves get really dumb. 

14 May 2021 11:30 am

A regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO…

Tough love: don’t be a fake

14 April 2021 3:32 pm

This is the first of a regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and…

Three rules for young staffers – and a better Canberra

12 March 2021 4:00 am

Rules are awesome. They are a safety net that minimises risk to ourselves and to others. They give us a…

How not to be a Twit

19 January 2021 5:00 am

Every once in a while, if you’re even a bit like me, you see something on social media that you feel is…

We are shackling ourselves to the safe and mediocre with lazy talk of ‘the pub test’

10 December 2020 5:00 am

“Not a good look.”  “Bad optics.”   “Doesn’t pass the pub test.”  Such are the statements by which many controversial or complex ideas…

Could Trump really call out the troops?

10 November 2020 4:49 pm

It is extraordinary to have to ask the question: can Donald Trump somehow use United States’ armed forces to stay…

Don’t trust the polls? Follow the money

28 October 2020 11:59 am

If publicly available political polling stinks – and it does both in Australia and in the case of the US…

Mental health: recognition, reaching out – and responsibility

9 September 2020 6:03 pm

That Australians’ attitudes to mental health have been transformed is true. That we need to further match increased actions to…

On radical centralism

21 July 2020 5:00 am

It’s an interesting point in time when a non-ideological and non-partisan stance becomes radical. That seems to be the point…

Time to drop our petulant politics and respect democracy

5 December 2018 12:00 pm

“Pick a scar on your body and share the story of how you got it with the other people here.”…