It was a HUGE week politically, jammed chock-full with political trade-offs, policy announcements and tragic deaths. The previous week’s political fascination with Tony Abbott’s truthiness had mostly passed, with questions now being raised over the challenge of either party delivering costly new policies when tax receipts are falling.
There were some interesting pieces on how the leaders are faring, quite a bit of soul searching on our continued presence in Afghanistan, and an insightful piece on the scrapping of the floor price for carbon. The additional good reads ponder the purpose of SBS’s Go Back to Where You Came From, feature Shaun Carney’s last piece as he departs the good ship Fairfax, and provide a profile of Greens’ leader Christine Milne.
P.S. When Financial Review articles are not behind the paywall, I have marked them as [free].
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 🙂
It started with the defeat of the Greens in Melbourne, featured fancy footwork midweek by the States on NDIS, and ended with the not-entirely-unexpected resignation of Twitter’s favourite parliamentary speaker, Harry Jenkins. There’s links on all of that here, plus continuing examination of the leadership entrails, and some very good pieces on the media.