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.
- Jessica Irvine: Bloated bureaucracies need some liposuction
- Ross Gittins: Stop grumbling about tax, we all benefit
- Tim Colebatch: The politics of surplus
- GrogsGamut / Greg Jericho: The politics of returning to surplus
- Adam Creighton: A habit we need to kick?
- Peter Brent: Playing political catch-up
- Laurie Oakes: Voters entitled to a bit more honesty
- Lenore Taylor: Grizzling goes on over the baby bombshell
- Mark Textor: Commentariat leaves voters short on facts
- Malcolm Farr: So much hot air in this bank of political tumble dryers
- Katharine Murphy: The big question for 2013 – who will ‘own’ middle Australia?
- Laura Tingle [free]: Loads of plans, little electoral strategy
- Jack Waterford: Suddenly, a glimmer of hope
- Tony Walker [free]: Crunch time for one-trick Tony
- John Birmingham: Remembering a non-existent political golden age
- Dennis Atkins: One dark night the Labor party would rather forget
- Peter van Onselen: McKew’s news – remember you read it here first
- Michael Gordon: The real lesson to be learnt from Labor’s history wars
- Peter Hartcher: Never a clean way to slay a king
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