The week that was…
The main political events this week had a common underlying theme: craven politics barely hidden behind a tattered moral veil. Whether it was the Slipper/ Ashby saga (no links provided), asylum seekers or the future of Fairfax, those who made the loudest claims to integrity were often the ones most blatantly pursuing political ends.
The links provided this week on asylum seekers cover a broad range of considered pieces exploring the dilemma, while other links explore why Fairfax matters, the tricky concept called public interest, and a media owner’s right to set editorial policy.
Finally, there’s a preview from George Megalogenis on the carbon price, which comes into force on Sunday.
- Ben Eltham: Asylum seekers a wicked problem
- Leanne Weber: Why asylum seekers come by boat
- Beachdair: The compact of deceit
- Michael Gordon: Sound-bite diplomacy no solution to asylum seeker quandary
- Peter Brent: Boats fuel Greens
- Louise Dodson: Raw emotions fail to stem brinksmanship
- Barrie Cassidy: In this policy vacuum surely Malaysia is worth a try
- Laurie Oakes: Giving new meaning to the term Rats in the Ranks
Future of Fairfax
- Rodney Tiffen: Why Fairfax matters
- Richard Ackland: The obscure world of public interest
- Christopher Joye: Editorial stance a right of media owners
George Megalogenis: Gillard’s stab in the dark
- David Penberthy: Orgy of nothingness enough to make you cry
- Michelle Grattan: Greens are as stubborn as Abbott
- Paul Daley: Politics sinks us to new lows