These and other explanations for the loss feature in Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill’s review. Far enough down the list of findings to be face-saving is this stunning insight: “Bill Shorten’s unpopularity contributed to the election loss.” Yes, I suppose you could say that. The recommendations for recovery are mostly worthwhile. The shout-out to “the Christian community” is welcome but there is no sign of moderating – let alone jettisoning – the obsession with ‘renewables’ nor of reconnecting to the coal belt. The commitment to legislate for “truth in political advertising” – which positively reeks of Emerson – is unbecoming code for We Woz Robbed.
Anthony Albanese will appear at the Press Club on Friday to respond to today’s postmortem.