- Mark Fletcher: A bad year to be a sane conservative
- Nathan Lentern: Plenty Of Potential Successors But Only One Potential Rival
- Yale Stephens: Abbott reshuffle a spectacular, paranoid botch
- Preston Towers: The Credlin Stick – Easy to use
- No Place for Sheep: Abbott: Labor made me do it
- Troy Henderson: Whip me master one more time
- Tad Tietze: Australian politics 2014: Decline & decomposition
Apologies for the lack of No Crap App last week.
PUP, FOFA, Lambie etc
- David Crowe: FOFA folly was easily avoidable
- Lenore Taylor: Jacqui Lambie’s Fofa stand: a bunch of fives for Clive, a bunch of six for Tony
- Sophie Morris: Labor rallies crossbench senators over FOFA reforms
- Simon Copland: Will Lambie be the new Palmer?
- John Warhurst: Small parties prone to split, but some elected members prosper as independents
- Mike Steketee: Free trade Agreement no guarantee of success
- Greg Jericho: Why isn’t the government being held to account on the China free trade deal?
- Monica Attard: How much have they over-promised?
- Greg Jericho: Tony Abbott’s climate change struggle
- Tom Switzer: Abbott will soon look like a genius for refusing to drag Australia to yet another climate fiasco
- Troy Bramston: Comrades look to Tanya Plibersek
- Madonna King: Less of a Bishop, more of a Pope
- Katharine Murphy: ABC, climate change: the Coalition is drowning us in nonsense
- Peter Brent: What the Senate is telling us about big-party politics
- Tad Tietze: Reply to Callinicos on anti-politics & social struggle
- Norman Abjorensen: Tiger by the tail
- Preston Towers: Applying the whip – The Oz giving tips to their horse
- Jonathan Green: When broken promises become tests of character
- Jane Gimore: Greens should take their sex work principles seriously
- Amy Gray: Mark Latham read my mind. Of course I hate my daughter- I’m a feminist
My posts, by request:
- Abbott’s tough talking comes undone at the G20
- Lambie doesn’t want to stay, doesn’t want to quit
- Stop ‘left-plaining’ feminism to Bishop
- Shorten – do we want another Abbott?
- China FTA – What do we get?
- Steven Scott: Don’t rule out Tony Abbott calling a snap election if he can’t pass budget bills
- Greg Jericho: Joe Hockey: all’s fair in welfare and budgets
- Phil Coorey: Tony Abbott braces for amateur hour in the Senate
- Deborah Snow & James Massola: United force or a rabble? The face of the new Senate
- Sophie Morris: John Williams, Ian Macdonald, Cory Bernardi: enemies within
- Kevin Bonham: Turnbull PM: Not likely any time soon
- Ben Eltham: Coalition won’t have the courage to call an election
- Laurie Oakes: An overlooked hero of reform
- Michael Gordon: Our politics needs to change. Here’s how
- Phil Hudson: Wheels of change grind round at last as Senate departure lounge fills
- Peter Brent: Where are the regions?
- Mark Fletcher: The school chaplains case was a Trojan horse for states’ rights activism
- Preston Towers: Put Down the Graphs, Wonks and Pick up the Megaphones – WonkyTips in the Guardian
- John Warhurst: Official inquiries shine light on the dark side of human nature
And my posts for the week:
- The Greens play tough but will avoid double trouble
- The new three word slogan
- The one election promise they’ve kept
- Quentin Dempster: Star chamber that took down a premier
- Lenore Taylor: Barry O’Farrell’s resignation is not an act of unprecedented moral heroism and Labor and Liberals both struck down with NSW disease
- Niki Savva: Premiers rise and fall on their fibs
- Greg Jericho: Why Barry O’Farrell had to resign
- Waleed Aly: Barry O’Farrell’s Liberal machine as rotten as Labor’s
- Jonathan Green: You don’t need ICAC to see lies in politics
- Richard Ackland: ICAC architect Gary Sturgess should be a household name
- Laura Tingle: Coalition gets fiscal shivers
- Greg Jericho: Abbott’s vision for Australia: a surplus at whatever cost to people’s lives and The land where entitlement runs riot?
- David Uren: A proper budget fix is not quick
- Mark Kenny: Hockey’s new trick: cutting is really spending
- Daniel Nethery: Two indexes, two very different impacts on pensions
- Peter Browne: The asylum-seeker plan that keeps disappearing over the horizon
- Michael Gordon: There real price of stopping the boats
- Preston Towers: “Too much studying, not enough deciding”
- Gay Alcorn: The underdog bites back
And here’s my posts for the week:
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Quality Australian political writing is thin on the ground this time of year, but not missing altogether. Here’s a few pieces to get you thinking over the weekend.
- Katharine Murphy: Labor’s policy land grab may pull Abbott into war of ideas
- Tad Tietze: 2012 in review – the year that politics disoriented the Left
- Tony Walkler [$]: Ghosts of Coalition campaigns past
- Pamela Williams [$]: Julia Gillard and the prince
- Bluntshovels: Getting welfare policy out of the goldfish bowl
- Preston Towers: Rise of the Guardians – a new year and a new hope?
- Tory McGuire: Do you really need to “live on the dole” to understand?
- Jeff Sparrow: Short-term stunts are a far cry from lived experience
FM radio pranksters
- Katharine Murphy: No one is laughing now
- Preston Towers: Destroying the joint? Austereo and our moral and social compass
- Jennifer Hewett: In a connected age, no rules, no mercy
Ashby v Slipper
- Laura Tingle: Labor’s chance to turn the tables on Libs
- Richard Ackland: Ashby case a shocking spectacle
- Terry Sweetman: Silence of main players in Peter Slipper pursuit deafening
- Bernard Lagan: Judge, there’s a grub in my scoop
- GrogsGamut / Greg Jericho: Austerity has been tried and found wanting
- Ross Gittins: Life gets tougher, far from the madding crowd
- Laura Tingle: Labor needs some lessons in chutzpah
The political year that was
- Jonathan Green: The politics of mutually assured destruction
- John Warhurst: All out war – the year that was Australian politics
- Ross Peake: Gender an evolution in Gillard strategy
- Tim Dunlop: The front page of Australian politics
- Polyquant: The high and low points of 2012
- Best political cartoons 2012
- Peter Lewis: How the generation gap became a chasm
- Poliquant: Is the Coalition vulnerable to interest rates?
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The week that was….
Three weeks into the five week break before Parliament resumes, the media swarmed yet again to the story that required the least effort. Some called Hockey’s ‘entitlement’ speech refreshing and encouraging, others called it ‘courageous’ and an unnecessary distraction. Meanwhile, blogger Matt Cowgill’s post showed that big cuts can only be made from safety net welfare payments.
Amongst the quality pieces on the Greens, there are some insightful posts from bloggers with connections to the party.
By the weekend, many writers had turned their eye to the economy and the Government. GrogsGamut’s regular Wednesday post explained how government debt and interest rates have no connection.
There was also an excellent longer read from Mark Latham explaining why suburbanites are climate change deniers.
- Annabel Crabb: Eye popping politics – Hockey ‘entitled’ to candour
- Michelle Grattan: A strange sense of entitlement
- Matt Cowgill: Has Joe Hockey promised the end of the Australian safety net?
- Mark Kenny: Middle class welfare will test Australia’s means
- Christian Kerr: B-Team a drag on Abbott’s progress
- Tad Tietze / Dr_Tad: The Greens after Brown – what lies ahead?
- Piping Shrike: The problem of the “political cycle”
- Preston Towers: Shaping a new form of Greens leader in the Milne kiln
- John Warhurst: Milne’s daunting new challenge and link to the study mentioned Julia 2010 – the caretaker election
- Geoff Gallop: Is it a case of Bob Brown to Bob Katter?
- Lenore Taylor: Working for Greens and country
- Greg Jericho / GrogsGamut: Government debt and interest rates have no connection
- Laurie Oakes: Gillard rallies her troops for the final round
- Ross Peake: Gillard budgets for her own rescue
- Peter Hartcher: Rescuing the boom’s benefits
- Lenore Taylor: Abbott sweats on ALP loss to repeal the carbon tax
- George Megalogenis: Aussies leave US blokes behind in their recovery from GFC
- Mark Latham: Mass denial