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.
On the face of it, this last week before the recommencement of federal parliament was bereft of solid news and analysis, replaced instead by wall-to-wall coverage of the Olympics.
But a closer inspection uncovered a swath of interesting pieces. The best of the obligatory analyses of Swan’s speech are provided here, along with predictions of next steps by the major political players. Tad Tietze’s latest on the Greens is also featured.
There are links here too that will take you to considerd thought pieces on the media, including long reads from MP Andrew Leigh and the report “Journalism at the speed of light.” Also included are the only two stories on the Olympics that I read this week 🙂
The week was all about the numbers; first the polls, then the economic indicators.
Pollster John Stirton explained that the ALP is not yet unelectable, Mumble explained what the polls were really saying and Carney reminded us how difficult it is to implement major change. Be sure to sneak past the Australian’s paywall to read Kelly’s excellent piece on the poisoned chalice.
Most of the economic pieces celebrated the robust economic indicators released this week, although Colebatch reserved his delight. Grog and Irvine explained skills and the housing problem to us non-economists.
Finally, don’t forget to check out former editor Michael Gawenda’s piece on newspapers needing to getting back to their core business.