It’s been hard to avoid salacious stories on the Slipper/Thomson sagas this week, but I’ve included a couple of the more thoughtful pieces. The one from Mark Latham on human frailty is a must read. Likewise Tony Wright’s reminiscences about the good ole days. Otherwise there are some great pieces on the budget, the future role of unions and Kelty’s speech at the ACTU Congress.
Lenore Taylor, George Mega and Andrew Probyn look more closely at the Opposition, former ALP apparatchik and Senator Stephen Loosely writes on the media storm that pollies now have to contend with, while John Warhust reminds us what the polls are really saying.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, the 730 interview with Ken Henry is over on the Longer Reads page.
More post Budget analysis
- David Uren: Sugar-coated budget will fuel hunger for government handouts
- Shane Wright: Reform loses out to surplus
ACTU Congress and wise words from Bill Kelty
- Tom Dusevic: Unions fight to survive
- Shaun Carney: A trusted messenger steps forward
- Mark Kenny: Wise words for all politicians – the truth will normally do
- Paul Kelly: Labor and unions in uneasy embrace
- Mumble / Peter Brent: Kelty, unions and the ALP
Slipper / Thomson sagas
- Jack the Insider: The law is a perfect code of conduct
- Mark Latham: Human frailty made manifest
- Tony Wright: When the Concert Party ruled politics
More scrutiny for the Opposition?
- Lenore Taylor: The powerful spin of Abbott’s wrecking ball
- George Megalogenis: Swinger’s pendulum is an electoral wrecking ball
- Andrew Probyn: Abbott brings out Libs’ Dr No
Other crunchy brain food
- Stephen Loosely: All a-twitter in the media cyclone
- John Warhurst: An opinion poll conundrum
- Don Arthur: The war on whinging
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