The week that was…
This week both sides of the political divide sought to establish policy debates before parliament resumes next week. Almost counterintuitively, Abbott chose freedom of speech as his battleground while Gillard chose electricity prices. Grateful journos and commentators gleefully ran with both in an otherwise slow news week.
Towards the end of the week, political binoculars turned to the Spring parliamentary session, the end of which is traditionally the time to knock off an ailing leader.
Meantime, those interested in political journalism wondered how the media can note, even admire, but not challenge politicians’ manipulation of the truth.
- Helen Pringle: Freedom wars or power plays?
- Jonathan Green: Abbott’s Freedom Wars risks collateral damage
- Jennifer Hewett: Free speech is under fire from Labor
- Chris Berg: Media diversity fears are absurd and obsolete
- Dennis Altman: Labor’s next generation
- Alan Kohler: Powering the truth in the electricity wars
- Jennifer Hewett: Power politics, carbon confusion
- Simon Benson: Power plays expose live wires
- Laura Tingle: Abbott struggles to find form as the game shifts
Killing season approaches
- Geoff Kitney: Gillard’s Olympics begin next week
- Barrie Cassidy: Winter break is over, get set for the killing season
- Dennis Atkins: It’s game on for Gillard holding the deck
- Peter van Onselen: ALP leadership hopefuls need to talk about Kevin
- Michelle Grattan: Gillard set to spring into action after a winter of discontent
- Ross Peake: The ALP must try to stand on the front foot
- Tim Dunlop: If Tony Abbott didn’t exist, the media would have to invent him
- (International) Jay Rosen: Everything that’s wrong with political journalism in one Washington Post item
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