Jessica Irvine

No Crap App: w/b 12 Nov 2012

The week that was…

The Royal Commission was big news this week, with some suggesting the debate over the confessional was an unnecessary distraction. The Australian’s Paul Kelly criticised it for focussing only on institutionalised child abuse, when so much of it occurs within the home. Elsewhere, Irvine and Jericho did their best to improve our economic literacy, Dunlop and Green continued their dissection of the media, and some writers lifted their eyes past Christmas to the 2013 federal election. Also included is a longer read from Linda Jaivin on writing.

The economy

The Royal Commission

The 2013 election

The media

On writing

Sunday addition

No Crap App: w/b 29 Oct 2012

Pope, Canberra Times 1 Nov 2012

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

Asian Century white paper and economics

Asylum seekers

Brave new digital world

No Crap App: w/b 22 Oct 2012

Canberra Times, 24 Oct 2012

The week that was…

The week started well. Some analyses of the MYEFO mini budget challenged Australia’s continued expectations of middle class welfare. Others called for an end to the surplus charade.

But political commentary descended into farce by the end of the week, with much hyperventilation over the not particularly surprising revelations in McKew’s book.

Meantime, there were some good thinky pieces on Australia’s political environment and what the 2013 election year might look like.

MYEFO

Political environment

Rudd

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No Crap App: w/b 8 Oct 2012

Rowe, AFR 13 Oct 2012

The week that was….

This week’s collection may be controversial, considering that I’ve been more supportive than most in the online world of the way the MSM covered the PM’s blistering response to Tony Abbott.

Nevertheless, I’ve tried to provide a cross section of the best pieces which covered the event. I’ve also included quite a number of the end-of-the-week analyses which examine, among other factors, the disconnect between the MSM and “new media” responses. Also included are two thought-provoking pieces on the business of outrage that [now] pervades political discourse.

Finally, for those who’d like to spend a small part of their precious weekend thinking about something other than Slipper-gate and the PM’s speech, I’ve collected a number of great think-pieces to ponder.

The Prime Minister, the Slipper and misogyny

End of the week analysis

The business of outrage

Other crunchy brain food

Sunday Addition

No Crap App: w/b 1 Oct 2012

Leak, 5 Oct 2012

The week that was….

There was much to mull over this week: an interest rate cut, a Twitter uprising against Alan Jones, continued public appearances by Kevin Rudd, and signs that Tony Abbott’s poor rating with female voters is beginning to bite. Links to quality pieces on all of these – and much more – can be found below.

Interest rates and economic behaviour

Jones and the quality of political discourse

Rudd

Abbott’s fem-fest

Greens

Other thinky pieces