What Gillard could learn from Liberal Party lobbyists

Julia Gillard could learn a thing or two from the Liberal Party pollsters, Crosby Textor. Rather than engaging in a fruitless effort to appease critics of the carbon price, Labor should seek to own the clean energy space.

Julia Gillard could learn a thing or two from the Liberal Party’s pollsters and premier professional lobbyists, Crosby Textor.  Back in 2006 they gave a presentation to a number of clean energy industry representatives entitled, Working with the Federal Government – Policies, Politics and Influence.  It opened my eyes to the value of applying an analytical discipline to politics. One lesson that remained with me from that presentation was that political parties essentially have two choices on how to approach a policy issue:

-- They can seek to neutralise an issue by removing differences between themselves and the other side of politics in the hope that voters forget about it; or

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