No Crap App: w/b 6 Aug 2012

David Rowe, AFR 10 Aug 2012

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.

Freedom wars

Electricity wars

Killing season approaches

Political journalism

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  1. We could probably do without the Simon Benson link, his article starts well, but he couldn’t go without the word “militant” to describe Riordan and co. I imagine he never would use it as an adjective to describe similar protectionist behaviour from his theoretical masters in big business and elsewhere.

  2. Mmm, have to disagree with you on this one 🙂
    Militant is an apt description for the unions and their anti-electricity privatisation campaign. Heads did roll.

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