It’s been hard to avoid salacious stories on the Slipper/Thomson sagas this week, but I’ve included a couple of the more thoughtful pieces. The one from Mark Latham on human frailty is a must read. Likewise Tony Wright’s reminiscences about the good ole days. Otherwise there are some great pieces on the budget, the future role of unions and Kelty’s speech at the ACTU Congress.
Lenore Taylor, George Mega and Andrew Probyn look more closely at the Opposition, former ALP apparatchik and Senator Stephen Loosely writes on the media storm that pollies now have to contend with, while John Warhust reminds us what the polls are really saying.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, the 730 interview with Ken Henry is over on the Longer Reads page.
It was Budget week, the political fallout from which is becoming known as the various post-Budget polls are published. The media devoted forests of column inches and Kilowatts of electrons to Budget reportage, analysis and opinion. I’ve collected here links to the best pieces immeditately after the budget and also from the end-of-week analysis.
Also listed are some interesting pieces from Antony Green and Mumble on the permutations of various impending elections. And an excellent piece from Jonathan Green about the changed nature of political debate.
This week’s links are like a box of Arnott’s family assorted – there’s something for everyone. Unless you’re looking for more sordid details on Slipper and Thomson et al, because these are not the links you’re looking for….
Anyway, this week we have Grog, Gittins and Mega grappling with next week’s federal budget, while Sheehan and Tingle take a deeper look at the PM’s woes. Macken looks at the What Matters to Australians report. Jonathan Green continues to unravel the political media’s last shreds of credibility. And Jack the Insider reminds us about political charisma.