Australian politics, society & culture


Friday, 20 July 2012 - 12:28am
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Editor's Note

Yesterday the AFR front page proclaimed "Unions shift on Gillard," when in fact the details of the story and every public response to it indicated the exact opposite.

Today, most of the nation's political commentary is saying there will be a leadership change at some point before the next federal election, because that's what unnamed 'senior figures' are apparently admitting to journalists. Needless to say, there is a self-fulfilling element to these articles, as they virtually preclude the possibility that the Prime Minister will be able to restore confidence in her leadership.

So it is with considerable skepticism that we regard today's AFR editorial, which complains that "politics has turned into a dismal soap opera even amid our unparalleled prosperity. This political farce threatens to undercut our comparatively outstanding economic performance. The sooner it ends, the better."

Regardless of the veracity of leadership rumblings, the AFR's brand of editorial activism is not exactly helping.

PoliticOZ editor: 
Nick Feik