It started with the defeat of the Greens in Melbourne, featured fancy footwork midweek by the States on NDIS, and ended with the not-entirely-unexpected resignation of Twitter’s favourite parliamentary speaker, Harry Jenkins. There’s links on all of that here, plus continuing examination of the leadership entrails, and some very good pieces on the media.
Like clockwork, leadership speculation emerged this week just as Newspoll prepared to conduct its fortnightly audit of voter views. Most #leadershit pieces are not included here, but there are a couple to illustrate the divergence in media views.
Meanwhile, the focus was on the Melbourne by-election: there’s a link from Mumble on the numbers, and one from Elizabeth Hymphrys on the direction the Greens are taking.
By week’s end the Mega-Tingle-Grattan triumvirate delivered considered pieces on policy, while Andrew Catsaras tackled the chimera called leadership. Finally, there’s a interesting piece from Jonathan Green on the value and cost of reader engagement.
There seems to be no way to avoid this week’s main political story – the hows and whys of Labor’s assault on the Greens. First the blogosphere exploded with comment and analysis, followed by the mainstream media. A selection of those pieces can be found here.
Also collected are links to interesting pieces on the economy, future of the media and pursuit of good policy.
This week’s best political pieces focussed on the commencement of the carbon price (Kelly & Kitney) and fallout from last week’s asylum seeker debate (Mega, Farr and Brent).
The natural extension of the latter was further examination of the Greens. Grog provided an interesting profile on the new Greens Senator, Peter Whish-Wilson, PVO had a scoop on the ALP’s preference deals, and Katharine Murphy talked to Christine Milne.
Also included are two great longer reads: one on the nature of democracy in Australia today, and one on the future of journalism.