The risks of overreach by Anthony Albanese and teal independents

John Warhurst
Updated September 1 2022 - 4:29pm, first published 5:30am
Teal independents Allegra Spender, Zoe Daniel, Kylea Tink and Zali Steggall. Picture by Elesa Kurtz

Anthony Albanese is very popular. He has passed 100 days in office basking in strong public opinion polls. The opposition remains irrelevant to public debate. His government, busy holding a Jobs Summit this week, is aiming high. It has big tests coming up soon, though, including the federal budget, and must also maintain community support for the Voice to Parliament. The government doesn't want to be distracted by too many issues.

John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.