'Labor is being accused by Tony Abbott of waging class warfare through the Budget. He is on dangerous ground. All the signs are that he and Joe Hockey are preparing to revive much of the policy agenda of the Howard Government and go a few steps further to the right. Hockey is arguing that it is time to dismantle the Australian welfare safety net. They both continue to draw unwelcome attention to the former government's disastrous WorkChoices policy by attacking the Fair Work Act and Fair Work Australia - an opportunity that Julia Gillard relishes. The Prime Minister is always at her best when she has a Coalition industrial relations policy target to aim at.'
'Australian politics is entering a new era, a more uncertain era where the protest vote has the potential to make and break governments more regularly than it has in the past. Both Labor and the Coalition have to grapple with this reality and growing disillusionment with party politics'