Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny has been Political Editor of The Advertiser since 2006 after several years at the ABC having worked in both radio and television. He is a director of the National Press Club, a member of the Federal Press Gallery committee, and a member of the House Howlers - the satirical press gallery choir. He regularly appears as a political commentator on Sky’s Agenda program, Ten’s Meet the Press, Insiders, and numerous radio programs around the country.

Articles by Mark Kenny

A little mud sticks, even if the PM is squeaky clean

A little mud sticks, even if the PM is squeaky clean

30 Nov 12 Julia Gillard had two big goals for the second half of 2012 and was on track to achieve both of…... Read more

The politics of asylum seekers and our fiscal cliff

The politics of asylum seekers and our fiscal cliff

16 Nov 12 In an episode of the 1970s comedy series The Goodies, Graeme Garden is so taken by the power of his…... Read more

Keeping it in the family: The ruling families of the US

Keeping it in the family: The ruling families of the US

10 Nov 12 It is a startling yet oft-forgotten fact that had the favourite for the Democratic Party presidential nomination succeeded in 2008,…... Read more

It’s about time we had some faceless women

It’s about time we had some faceless women

26 Oct 12 The term ‘faceless men’ is thrown about pretty freely by Tony Abbott. This week for example he got it into…... Read more

Kevin’s there to lend a hand when Julia stumbles

Kevin’s there to lend a hand when Julia stumbles

19 Oct 12 Surprise, surprise. Just as the Prime Minister is winding up a highly successful India visit, up pops the headline magnet,…... Read more

Slipper meets a predictable end, despite the fireworks

Slipper meets a predictable end, despite the fireworks

12 Oct 12 When Tony Abbott’s parliamentary tactics team met at 8.30 on Tuesday morning, the line of attack for the first day…... Read more

Slipper is not the only wild card in Parliament

Slipper is not the only wild card in Parliament

11 Oct 12 Peter Slipper’s disgraced return to the floor of parliament has altered the numbers by one vote but its impact on…... Read more

Pollies and interest rates: how low can they go?

Pollies and interest rates: how low can they go?

05 Oct 12 The Australian Dream - the family home on a quarter acre block - has long been a political battleground. Yet…... Read more

You don’t have the right to not be offended

You don’t have the right to not be offended

02 Oct 12 Two important lessons are discernible from the disgrace of radio bullyboy Alan Jones. Neither is particularly attractive. One is the…... Read more

Roll up, roll up, for a peek inside the Labor circus

Roll up, roll up, for a peek inside the Labor circus

28 Sep 12 It is no secret that former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner and current Prime Minister Julia Gillard are not close. Tanner…... Read more

How the Bernardi backlash could affect the carbon tax

How the Bernardi backlash could affect the carbon tax

23 Sep 12 Tony Abbott’s slim hopes of scrapping Julia Gillard’s carbon tax without having to call another election have been undermined by…... Read more

How Team Abbott is shaping up post-Bernardi

How Team Abbott is shaping up post-Bernardi

21 Sep 12 Tony Abbott’s initial explanation for dumping his parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi was revealing for how far it did not go.…... Read more

One good poll doesn’t mean you’re getting re-elected

One good poll doesn’t mean you’re getting re-elected

19 Sep 12 Political leaders rarely comment on opinion polls unless that is, they need to. Plainly, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan have…... Read more

Perilous life inside the great teetering mirage of the East

Perilous life inside the great teetering mirage of the East

11 Sep 12 Eighteen trillion dollars. Yes, “trillion” dollars. That is the broadly accepted working estimate of the amount needed for vital economic…... Read more

The day Vladimir put in a surprise appearance

The day Vladimir put in a surprise appearance

08 Sep 12 When I told the ABC’s political correspondent Louise Yaxley that President Vladimir Putin was approaching our table, she steadfastly refused…... Read more

Gillard’s political narrative match fit for Vladivostok

Gillard’s political narrative match fit for Vladivostok

07 Sep 12 Two years ago, the freshly minted Julia Gillard PM declared from Europe’s bureaucratic capital that she was a home girl…... Read more

Abbott won on points, but didn’t deliver a knock-out

Abbott won on points, but didn’t deliver a knock-out

17 Aug 12 AN insight to Tony Abbott’s thinking emerged from the Coalition joint party-room on Tuesday where he told colleagues that of…... Read more

Labor all at sea on eve of asylum seeker report

Labor all at sea on eve of asylum seeker report

11 Aug 12 The biggest single boatload of asylum seekers since Labor came to power has intensified the pressure on Julia Gillard to…... Read more

How Julia Gillard is trying to win over Labor

How Julia Gillard is trying to win over Labor

10 Aug 12 A popular line in the Prime Minister’s office goes: “`If we had ham we could have ham and eggs ...…... Read more

Both our leaders are completely on the nose

Both our leaders are completely on the nose

07 Aug 12 Gillard is a giant “turn-off’’ for voters but the alternative prime minister in Tony Abbott comes across like some kind…... Read more

Why Tony Abbott is tanking on the Fair Work review

Why Tony Abbott is tanking on the Fair Work review

03 Aug 12 Badminton is not the only game where the putative contestants might indulge in a spot of tanking - throwing a…... Read more

Born to run for office, but is Swan dancing in the dark?

Born to run for office, but is Swan dancing in the dark?

01 Aug 12 Forget Kevin Rudd’s high-brow inspiration, the courageous if obscure German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and don’t even mention Paul Keating’s beloved…... Read more

Gillard may win the carbon battle but still lose the war

Gillard may win the carbon battle but still lose the war

31 Jul 12 Julia Gillard is taking a short break this week while the Olympics dominates the news cycle, but the return of…... Read more

Parliament is broken. Time for an election.

Parliament is broken. Time for an election.

30 Jun 12 With each desperate claim about who said what to whom in the unproductive asylum seeker stand-off this week, the case…... Read more

A rickety, busted-up vessel called political compromise

A rickety, busted-up vessel called political compromise

28 Jun 12 A workable border security policy for responding to irregular maritime arrivals should not be this hard - but it has…... Read more

Full steam ahead on Tony’s anti-carbon tax tour

Full steam ahead on Tony’s anti-carbon tax tour

22 Jun 12 Canberra just recorded its coldest June night in three years with the mercury dipping south of minus five. For MPs…... Read more

The Opposition wants you to be afraid. Be very afraid.

The Opposition wants you to be afraid. Be very afraid.

15 Jun 12 Fear can be a powerful motivator but it eventually wanes, unless you can find a new bogeyman. Take Australia’s retail…... Read more

It’s not the economy, it’s the politics, stupid!

It’s not the economy, it’s the politics, stupid!

08 Jun 12 It may not be a case of “it’s the economy, stupid” after all. Monday saw a Nielsen poll charting Labor’s…... Read more

Wanted: A leader with ticker… but not too much

Wanted: A leader with ticker… but not too much

01 Jun 12 When Kim Beazley resumed the Labor leadership in early 2005 he faced the freshly re-elected John Howard - by then…... Read more

This concern for Thomson won’t change the script

This concern for Thomson won’t change the script

26 May 12 Under pressure himself over his crusade against Craig Thomson, Tony Abbott has moved to present a softer side, suggesting that…... Read more

The world puzzles over Australia’s Prime Minister

The world puzzles over Australia’s Prime Minister

25 May 12 Even in Chicago, they are puzzling over Labor’s long march to oblivion. In 1987, prior to becoming chief of staff…... Read more

Wise words for all politicians: the truth will normally do

Wise words for all politicians: the truth will normally do

18 May 12 Bill Kelty’s awkward syntax and mumbled diction have always been a bit of a paradox. For 17 years to 2000,…... Read more

They just are… dumb politics

They just are… dumb politics

11 May 12 Wayne Swan’s 2012-13 blueprint was well crafted and immediately drew errors from the Opposition. Tony Abbott’s one-speed approach to political…... Read more

Surplus circus serves a purpose, on the surface.

Surplus circus serves a purpose, on the surface.

04 May 12 Labor’s recovery plan is simple and unexciting: delivering an unlikely Budget surplus. Yet with a primary vote languishing in the…... Read more

No comfort for Gillard even if Slipper dons robes again

No comfort for Gillard even if Slipper dons robes again

27 Apr 12 Last Friday, Minister for Mental Health and the Ageing Mark Butler gave Canberra correspondents a pre-announcement briefing on his aged…... Read more

Middle-class welfare will test Australia’s means

Middle-class welfare will test Australia’s means

20 Apr 12 When Tony Abbott went to London last year, he talked up the Australian economy against that of Britain, other European…... Read more

A Herculean effort in Afghanistan

A Herculean effort in Afghanistan

13 Apr 12 Among the multiple emergency exits built into the mighty C130 Hercules is one in the forward half of the aeroplane…... Read more

A bunch of insiders risk pushing Labor outside

A bunch of insiders risk pushing Labor outside

06 Apr 12 “I can see clearly now, my job is gone,” to paraphrase the 1972 hit song. Suddenly seeing clearly is what…... Read more

Why we actually are the economic envy of the world

Why we actually are the economic envy of the world

31 Mar 12 Consider this. Twenty-three per cent of home owners in the United States currently have underwater mortgages. That’s close to one…... Read more

Tony Abbott is losing faith

Tony Abbott is losing faith

23 Mar 12 John Howard notched up his final election victory in 2004 by pointedly asking voters “who do you trust?’‘ Years of…... Read more

The big, fat tax on mining is crucial to the budget surplus

The big, fat tax on mining is crucial to the budget surplus

16 Mar 12 At some point late in 2011, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan decided to firm-up their language on delivering the small…... Read more

Defence goes on the attack as Smith hangs tough

Defence goes on the attack as Smith hangs tough

09 Mar 12 Rising proudly from the rich green lawns between the main Defence Department buildings at one end of Canberra’s Kings Avenue…... Read more

Gillard needs her reshuffle to be a high-kicking can-can

Gillard needs her reshuffle to be a high-kicking can-can

02 Mar 12 Julia Gillard is preparing to unveil her new ministerial line-up today. It should be a triumph, the crowning moment when…... Read more

Why is Labor’s favourite son backing the pretender?

Why is Labor’s favourite son backing the pretender?

27 Feb 12 The existential threat to Julia Gillard’s prime ministership has now passed but the price in political terms will be colossal.…... Read more

Why is this man so popular, and how long can it last?

Why is this man so popular, and how long can it last?

22 Feb 12 There are several theories about Kevin Rudd’s alleged popularity. One is that it is simple nostalgia - made possible because…... Read more

From the moment of victory Gillard headed for defeat

From the moment of victory Gillard headed for defeat

17 Feb 12 When a victorious Julia Gillard walked in to a packed press conference on the morning of June 24 2010, she…... Read more

Wrap of the week: It’s the economy, stupid

Wrap of the week: It’s the economy, stupid

10 Feb 12 There is a touch of Lleyton Hewitt about Julia Gillard. It is not merely that both are redheads or that…... Read more

Kevin 2.0 could be better. Or it could be even KRuddier.

Kevin 2.0 could be better. Or it could be even KRuddier.

04 Feb 12 As key moments go, it ranked with Gough Whitlam’s dramatic dismissal speech branding Malcolm Fraser “Kerr’s cur’’ or the latter’s…... Read more

Julia Gillard is on the highway to the danger zone

Julia Gillard is on the highway to the danger zone

03 Feb 12 Typically, leadership contests have that nagging chicken-or-egg feel about them. They usually involve a period of intense public speculation with…... Read more

The saying goes, politics is showbusiness for ugly people

The saying goes, politics is showbusiness for ugly people

27 Jan 12 AND, action! A senior cabinet minister generally regarded as among the more effective, uses a major speech on Australia Day-eve…... Read more

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