The week that was…
It was a HUGE week politically, jammed chock-full with political trade-offs, policy announcements and tragic deaths. The previous week’s political fascination with Tony Abbott’s truthiness had mostly passed, with questions now being raised over the challenge of either party delivering costly new policies when tax receipts are falling.
There were some interesting pieces on how the leaders are faring, quite a bit of soul searching on our continued presence in Afghanistan, and an insightful piece on the scrapping of the floor price for carbon. The additional good reads ponder the purpose of SBS’s Go Back to Where You Came From, feature Shaun Carney’s last piece as he departs the good ship Fairfax, and provide a profile of Greens’ leader Christine Milne.
P.S. When Financial Review articles are not behind the paywall, I have marked them as [free].
How will they/we pay for it?
- GrogsGamut / Greg Jericho: No avoiding the new tax reality
- David Uren: Denial about deficit as reckless spending rolls on
- Laura Tingle [free]: Game of gazillions – IOU budgets as clouds gather
- Michelle Grattan: A toothy smile behind Labor’s dental plan
- Peter van Onselen: PM’s policy rush leaves Abbott a fiscal headache
Spotlight on the leaders
- Simon Benson: Will Abbott run out of ammo?
- Shaun Carney: Tough at the top, on both sides
- Geoff Kitney [free]: Echoes of Howard with character key for Gillard
- Laurie Oakes: The complex web of unholy alliances
- Dennis Atkins: Mission with not a lot to gain
- Aaron Fernandes: Afghan questions answered in blood
- Tony Walker [free]: Heading into a dead end on Afghanistan
- Ben Eltham: Combet’s calculated risk on carbon
Other important reads
- Jonathan Green: Holding a mirror to a country divided
- Shaun Carney [final column]: Down and out? Leaks that fed Labor’s sinking feeling
- Michael Gordon: Green at heart