Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

EMC Director Peter Lewis used to describe himself as ‘spinning for lost causes’, until his campaigns started to work, thanks largely to the political research that underpins his offerings to the Punch. He has worked previously for Unions NSW and helped advise the ACTU on its Workchoices strategy ahead of the 2007 election.

Articles by Peter Lewis

Call me troppo but I reckon Abbott’s onto something

Call me troppo but I reckon Abbott’s onto something

12 Feb 13 Forgive me for my sins, but I couldn’t help feeling a little sorry for Tony Abbott last week when he…... Read more

Is your pocket vibrating or are you just an iAddict?

Is your pocket vibrating or are you just an iAddict?

15 Aug 12 Here’s a challenge. Try getting to the end of this article without fidgeting. That means no phone calls, checking text…... Read more

A nation of stressed-out, time poor, lonely worker bees

A nation of stressed-out, time poor, lonely worker bees

31 Jul 12 The short-term fix of Olympic glory aside, Essential’s weekly poll suggests Australia is a pretty miserable place right now. We…... Read more

In the race to get along, you’ve got to take a stand

In the race to get along, you’ve got to take a stand

20 Jun 12 Four beers into the barbeque and the host is waxing lyrical. He launches into to a joke about a certain…... Read more

10 reasons why the Liberals are right about the interweb

10 reasons why the Liberals are right about the interweb

28 Sep 10 It’s time to put an end to all this partisan negativity. At a time when people are looking to our…... Read more

Stop the presses: the media aren’t that crap

Stop the presses: the media aren’t that crap

21 Sep 10 Sometimes a response to a polling question comes along that makes you re-evaluate your preconceived ideas, where the public’s refusal…... Read more

10 handy stress-relief tips for furious Aussie conservatives

10 handy stress-relief tips for furious Aussie conservatives

14 Sep 10 As a long-suffering leftie, I thought it was just my fragile ego that was picking up an increase in the…... Read more

10 reasons we want to go back to the polls

10 reasons we want to go back to the polls

07 Sep 10 Just when it looked like the prospect of a hung Parliament had taken us to a new paradigm of political…... Read more

This election was not the ranga revolution predicted

This election was not the ranga revolution predicted

31 Aug 10 When the political history of 2010 is written, every element of the closest election in a generation will be rightly…... Read more

Yes we will: remembering a campaign that never was

Yes we will: remembering a campaign that never was

24 Aug 10 What a great night to be Labor. As the Party swept back into office with a mandate to lead global…... Read more

Seven cautionary tales for people who want to win

Seven cautionary tales for people who want to win

17 Aug 10 The last week of elections is white line fever time. It’s the moment when history is written and the stakes…... Read more

Remembering ‘Abbott’s dad’: top 10 Howard era memories

Remembering ‘Abbott’s dad’: top 10 Howard era memories

10 Aug 10 Goldfish have a neat survival mechanism to prevent them ever getting bored – by the time they have swum around…... Read more

Gillard dumps focus groups, focus groups will like that

Gillard dumps focus groups, focus groups will like that

03 Aug 10 Our Prime Minister has joined the bandwagon complaining that this is a focus group- driven election - but isn¹t this…... Read more

Why the election has got nothing to do with you

Why the election has got nothing to do with you

27 Jul 10 If you are a political junkie like me, chances are you found Sunday night’s debate a little like watching a…... Read more

Even with a strong economy, jobs are a top concern

Even with a strong economy, jobs are a top concern

20 Jul 10 With the major parties flexing their muscles on border protection, the Australian public has sent Canberra a message that it…... Read more

The angry fish that could change Australia

The angry fish that could change Australia

06 Jul 10 There is a wildcard hanging over the upcoming election, a factor outside the control of the any politician – it…... Read more

Leadership change should spark primary rethink

Leadership change should spark primary rethink

29 Jun 10 The Australian public’s reaction to last week’s execution of their Prime Minister came in two courses. The first: “Don’t break…... Read more

The real leadership story: Abbott remains unelectable

The real leadership story: Abbott remains unelectable

22 Jun 10 This is the week when another round of disastrous opinion polls was meant to spark a mass uprising within the…... Read more

Minutes of the first meeting of the Rich Bastards’ Union

Minutes of the first meeting of the Rich Bastards’ Union

15 Jun 10 Congratulations to all comrades who attended the official launch of the Rich Bastards Union (RBU) at our official launch in…... Read more

We’re all at sea on the facts about boat arrivals

We’re all at sea on the facts about boat arrivals

08 Jun 10 When businesses take out advertisements making claims about how great they are or highlight the adverse characteristics of a competitor…... Read more

It’s the retro election as Rudd and Abbott stuck in a funk

It’s the retro election as Rudd and Abbott stuck in a funk

01 Jun 10 The accepted political wisdom that you can only win an election on a particular issue once is about to be…... Read more

Election 2010 – Who will call the tune?

Election 2010 – Who will call the tune?

25 May 10 With the election drawing upon us our potential leaders must make a critical decision soon – what will be the…... Read more

Government won’t be turfed out for taxing miners

Government won’t be turfed out for taxing miners

18 May 10 The Rudd Government has arrested its plunge in the polls by convincing Australians that last week’s Budget might not be…... Read more

We need to talk about Kevin

We need to talk about Kevin

11 May 10 Believe the polls and something almost mystical has happened over the past few months – our Prime Minister has changed…... Read more

Climate change continues to wreak havoc for Rudd

Climate change continues to wreak havoc for Rudd

04 May 10 Global warming has struck again, with the heat now on our Prime Minister whose approval ratings have dipped below 50…... Read more

Tax is still a four-letter word

Tax is still a four-letter word

28 Apr 10 It’s a political phenomenon as inevitable as a Troy Buswell indiscretion. Mention tax and people smell a rat. As the…... Read more

The key to coping with more people is to send them bush

The key to coping with more people is to send them bush

20 Apr 10 It is easy to dismiss the growing backlash to population growth as a case of national NIMBYism, but the story…... Read more

Now for Kevin and Wayne’s excellent budget adventure

Now for Kevin and Wayne’s excellent budget adventure

13 Apr 10 Spare a thought for Wayne Swan and Lindsay Tanner as they ferret away on Labor’s pre-election budget. At a time…... Read more

The population debate has nothing to do with boats

The population debate has nothing to do with boats

07 Apr 10 It’s begun. The dog whistle has been discarded in favour of an all-out symphony designed to convince mainstream Australia that…... Read more

Rudd better start cutting spending as well as ribbons

Rudd better start cutting spending as well as ribbons

30 Mar 10 The first term of the Rudd Government is entering its end game and events in our nation’s playgrounds will have…... Read more

Rudd has already won today’s health debate

Rudd has already won today’s health debate

23 Mar 10 The Punch will be covering the Kevin Rudd/Tony Abbott debate live here from 12.30pm today. No matter what the superficial…... Read more

Parental leave: the moment Abbott jumped the shark

Parental leave: the moment Abbott jumped the shark

16 Mar 10 Tony Abbott’s foray into progressive social policy has backfired, with his conservative base rejecting has plan to tax big business…... Read more

Home-ground advantage counts in politics

Home-ground advantage counts in politics

09 Mar 10 Anyone trying to understand the politics of the federal health takeover purely from a policy perspective is only seeing half…... Read more

Tell us again why we need population growth

Tell us again why we need population growth

02 Mar 10 The political class is on a collision course with the punters they are elected to represent over the issue of…... Read more

With local candidates, there’s always a snag

With local candidates, there’s always a snag

22 Feb 10 Local candidates are the political equivalent of sausages – we might accept they are part of the democratic process, but…... Read more

Greens struggling to grow in heated political climate

Greens struggling to grow in heated political climate

16 Feb 10 It should be a great time to be a Green: a first term Labor Government governing from the centre; the…... Read more

I do not want sexual relations with these people

I do not want sexual relations with these people

09 Feb 10 Barnaby Joyce’s move to clarify he is not in a homoerotic relationship with Tony Abbott is the latest example of…... Read more

Election 2010: It’s the year of the softie

Election 2010: It’s the year of the softie

02 Feb 10 If you are already sure who you are going to vote for at this year’s federal election then consider yourself…... Read more

A Christmas wish-list for the undeserving

A Christmas wish-list for the undeserving

15 Dec 09 Ever wondered what would have happened if Santa forgot to turn up one year? Well Copenhagen may not be quite…... Read more

Left should beware Tony Abbott’s war on wankers

Left should beware Tony Abbott’s war on wankers

08 Dec 09 A lot of my comrades on the Left of politics are walking around as if the ascension of Tony Abbott…... Read more

The only beauty contest that Joe Hockey will ever win

The only beauty contest that Joe Hockey will ever win

30 Nov 09 After a week when the Liberals took decisive action to reduce their political footprint Joe Hockey is sitting snugly between…... Read more

Elvis has left the building: a brief history of denialism

Elvis has left the building: a brief history of denialism

24 Nov 09 Today The Punch celebrates the ground-breaking policy work being undertaken by visionaries within the Coalition party room in an effort…... Read more

I love the taste of egg in the morning

I love the taste of egg in the morning

17 Nov 09 I am wiping the egg off my face this morning. Last week I happily wrote off Newspoll’s recent findings of…... Read more

It’s a blip – Rudd maintains lead with interest

It’s a blip – Rudd maintains lead with interest

10 Nov 09 Evidence is now mounting that last week’s Newspoll poll showing a seven point drop in Labor support was a rogue…... Read more

Most Australians want a tougher stand on boatpeople

Most Australians want a tougher stand on boatpeople

03 Nov 09 The debate around the Sri Lanka asylum seekers is beginning to spiral into Tampa territory with the Australian public ready…... Read more

Our beloved Kevin Rudd is a human pogo stick

Our beloved Kevin Rudd is a human pogo stick

27 Oct 09 Anyone wondering why Kevin Rudd continues to defy political gravity could do well to consider the latest Essential Report that…... Read more

Juggling family life - how leave doesn’t add up

Juggling family life - how leave doesn’t add up

20 Oct 09 What the hell was that? As a parent with a child in school for the first time I have just…... Read more

Still waiting for the invasion of the scary union overlords

Still waiting for the invasion of the scary union overlords

13 Oct 09 Can anyone help me out? I’m looking for the fat bloke in braces who was meant to be running the…... Read more

Rudd needs to remind us why we elected him

Rudd needs to remind us why we elected him

06 Oct 09 The Punch’s unscientific Punters Poll is broadly in line with most of the “scientific” research – the PM is broadly…... Read more

What your sex life says about your voting habits

What your sex life says about your voting habits

29 Sep 09 “Sex: Does It Affect Performance?” - the question that gave rise to the immortal response from former test cricketer Merv…... Read more

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