Tim Dunlop, a writer, academic and one of Australia's pioneer political bloggers, has written a refreshing insiders' account of the rise of the new media insurgency. Thankfully absent is the now ritual characterisation of bloggers as pyjama-clad single-issue boffins or journalistic wannabes. (more…)
This is either the most well timed book on politics of recent times or the worst. In her meticulously detailed volume of the caustic three years of Julia Gillard's prime ministership, Kerry-Anne Walsh ends the narrative tantalisingly short of the final scene - the long-canvassed 'Ruddstoration'. It seems churlish to fail the book on events overtaking it, but this is always the danger with seeking to tell history on the run. Indeed, one wonders, after reading it, whether Walsh's punchy news diary-style treatment might have worked better as a live blog than as a paperback. (more…)
Washington Consensus." (more…)
Well, not as depressed as you might think. In fact, as the title of her new book attests ('Journalism at the Crossroads: Crisis and Opportunity for the Press'), Simons - the director of the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne - paints a tentatively hopeful picture of the future of the craft which has been her living for most of her life. (more…)
political blogger by The Australian newspaper in 2010 served in retrospect as the moment when blogging in Australia gained something of a critical mass. Until then, the nation's mainstream media had treated blogs as background noise, at best, unrelated to the real business of journalism and political commentary. But when News Ltd's James Massola revealed "Grog's" true identity as a Canberra public servant Greg Jericho, it was clear something had changed. (more…)
Laura Tingle, who continues to write penetrating and original analysis of politics. Another is George Megalogenis, whose sober, measured style and grasp of historical detail make him one of the few remaining reliable chroniclers of Australian political economy (and one of the few reasons, if any, to read The Australian). (more…)
- Former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner has sparked a bitter storm within the Labor Party after publishing a tell-all book that exposes the inner manoeuvrings of the final days of the Rudd government.
- Prime Minister Julia Gillard has attempted to laugh off revelations by former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner of her role in the Rudd government dumping its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
- Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has seized upon revelations of extreme disunity with the former Rudd Labor government from former Finance Minister Lindsey Tanner in a tell-all book.
- The minority Labor government is hanging by a thread after frank admissions by former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner in his new book revealed still festering divisions in the ALP.