Ross Peake

No Crap App: w/b 10 Dec 2012

Moir, SMH 11 Dec 2012

Moir, SMH 11 Dec 2012

FM radio pranksters

Ashby v Slipper

Economics

Senator Assange

The political year that was

Psephology

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No Crap App: w/b 6 Aug 2012

David Rowe, AFR 10 Aug 2012

The week that was…

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.

Freedom wars

Electricity wars

Killing season approaches

Political journalism

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No Crap App: w/b 23 Apr 2012


Rowe, AFR 24 Apr 2012

The week that was…

This week’s political media contained two debates that couldn’t be more diametrically opposed. At one end was the debate over what the Government should do about Slipper. At the other, disagreement raged over the Reserve Bank’s judgement (and still continued over the need for a surplus).

The most sensible of the Slipper pieces are here (plus one that spells out the risks for Abbott). Also listed are those that most clearly explain the economic issues. LaTingle talks about the upcoming Budget. And there’s a good piece from former WA Premier Geoff Gallop on the future of the ALP.

Slipper

Economy and the Budget

Labor party

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No Crap App: w/b 16 Apr 2012

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.

Hockey’s speech

The Greens

The economy

Longer read

No Crap App: w/b 26 Mar 2012

Queensland election entrails

Back to the main game

No Crap App: w/b 13 Feb 2012

Pope, Canberra Times 16 Feb 2012

No Crap App: w/b 16 Jan 2012

Nicholson, Australian 20 Jan 2012

Long reads

Peter Hartcher: Left behind – why the Right keeps winning

Please note I don’t exclude stories that are behind paywalls