The week that was…
The week began with three competing political narratives: the revelations in Maxine McKew’s book, the launch of the government’s Asian Century white paper, and the second 50/50 Newspoll within two months.
Unsurprisingly, the press gallery’s attention moved swiftly from McKew to Abbott, particularly once it became clear he would ignore the white paper and press ahead with his “stop the tax, stop the boats” mantra. By week’s end, the gallery was openly wondering whether Abbott would emulate his former boss John Hewson by losing another “unloseable” election.
Meantime, Australia was excised for migration purposes, the US Presidential election loomed, and Mark Colvin gave the Andrew Olle address.
Spotlight on Abbott
- Geoff Kitney [$]: Abbott cold shoulders Asian Century white paper
- Peter van Onselen: Is this the turning point?
- Jennifer Hewett [$]: Abbott’s Hewson legacy
- Simon Benson: Cruel comparison spurs Abbott
- Michelle Grattan: Headaches for Abbott as tactics falter
- Lenore Taylor: Voter enthusiasm now well and truly curbed
- Geoff Kitney [free]: Gillard has good reason to go early
Asian Century white paper and economics
- Jessica Irvine: We must grab hold of Asia or be left behind
- Ross Gittins: Opportunity knocks, but the door has to open both ways
- GrogsGamut / Greg Jericho: Martyrs to austerity – appeasing the credit rating gods
- George Megalogenis: It’s time for a serious debate on tax reform
- Laurie Oakes: Will US lemmings leap off a fiscal cliff
- Michael Gordon: Friendship hits a snag in a sea of confusion
- Bernard Keane: The excision that isn’t, and why it’s good policy
- Waleed Aly: Imagine there’s no haven
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