The week that was….
There was some colour and movement in the political media this week, but little of substance. The non-debate about a surplus continued. Our national leaders met with business and state/territory leaders to talk about the usual issues that plague a federalist entity (duplication and effectiveness of tiered regulation, allocation of finances, parochialism versus nationalism etc). Some writers broadened their commentary on the HSU saga to encompass the merits of past and present industrial relations systems. Oh, and there was the departure of Green stalwart Bob Brown.
Just a few gems glittered amongst the pebbles for me, and you will find them in the links below. There are two good pieces on the role that values play in the electorate’s choice of politician or party. George Megalogenis invites discussion on his blog about the culture wars being anathema to the Australian reforming tradition. John Black provides a fascinating perspective on the broader implications of the Katter party for the federal election outcome, while Peter Brent says Black is comparing apples with oranges. George Megalogenis deals smartly with criticisms of him by Henry Ergas. I’ve included “analysis” of Bob Brown’s departure, but in reality it is just to early to tell what it will mean for the Greens.
The role of values
- Tim Soutphommasane: Politics lacks the passion and the glory
- Jack Waterford: Shrinking the values debate
- George Megalogenis: A call to the reforming centre
- Lenore Taylor: Vision? Party leaders have eyes only for polls
The Katter effect
- John Black: Demographics point to Labor bloodbath and a response from Peter Brent / Mumble: Apples on oranges
- Tony Walker: When left meets right
- Mega responds to Ergas: The pots and kettles
- Michelle Grattan: The more things change
- Jennifer Hewett: When red tape is green
- George Megalogenis: Decorous spell in politics failed to exclude contrary tough talk
On Bob Brown’s departure
- Laurie Oakes: Bob Brown’s shock exit could mean chaos for Greens
- Simon Benson: Will the Greens turn red now that Bob Brown is down?
- Peter Hartcher: Greens’ sustainable future
- Shaun Carney: Brown hands lucky Labor a paler shade of Greens
- Natasha Stott Despoja: Party unity vital as Greens face their biggest test
- Lenore Taylor: A warrior for the wilderness
- Laura Tingle: Greens to veer left under Milne
- Geoff Kitney: All parties should look to the past for a clue to the future
- Jennifer Hewett: Gillard’s job about to get harder
- Marcus Priest: Bob Brown man of genius and principle
- Paul Kelly: Enigma who will never be replaced
- Mike Seccombe: Green light goes out