It is certainly commendable that Malcolm Turnbull is encouraging a kinder, gentler way of debating politics, but he shouldn’t ignore voters’ appetite for tabloid-confected conflict and drama.
The Political Weekly: Peta Credlin takes the Miley Cyrus approach, Scott Morrison’s new three-word slogan and Turnbull’s warning to Leigh Sales.
Ministerial paranoia, the Canning by-election and fear of a snap double-dissolution are all fuelling renewed leadership speculation. Depending on who you believe, Tony Abbott’s time might be up.
The Political Weekly: Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.
The pact of secrecy that allows politicians to use journalists for political means, and rewards those journalists for being little more than a cipher, does not strengthen democracy – as Laurie Oakes suggests – but belittles it.
Politicians have been trying for years to get their message out to voters without it first being filtered by the media. Now they can bypass traditional media altogether by becoming independent producers of news.
I’ve read a lot of posts over the past couple of weeks in which friends have reflected on 2014. For most of them it has been a pretty shitty year.
I feel somewhat guilty and very humble because the year has been good to me, particularly professionally.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in recent years it’s to be thankful for the good things in life.
And so I’d like to acknowledge 2014 as a good year, and recognise the people who made it that way. This is me, giving thanks for 2014…
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