Mike Hopkins

Annabel Crabb illustrates much that is wrong with the Australian media (‘Prime Minister, Interrupted’, August). She examines everybody’s role in the current sad state of politics in this country, except that of the media itself. There’s no mention of the concerted negative campaign by significant sections of the media against Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, no scrutiny of the alternatives put forward by the Coalition. Crabb focuses on Gillard’s about-face on the carbon tax, with no mention of Abbott’s multiple changes of mind. Don’t worry whether a carbon tax is good or bad for the future of Australia, just keep pointing at who said what, when. Always look for the ‘gotcha’ moment.

Mike Hopkins

Malvern, SA