So, Federal Parliament in Australia has gone into the year-end hiatus following the summer sittings. They’ll be back for the autumn sittings in February/March.
For those of us not living in Queensland, antics in Canberra overshadowed some truly extraordinary shenanigans in Brisbane’s state parliament, and now they’ve gone into hiatus until February as well.
In the USA’s 2nd session of the 112th Congress, there’s still two more weeks of scheduled sessions for the HoR before their winter holiday recess. Obviously, the fiscal cliff debates are casting a pall over Washington. The 1st session of the 113th Congress will convene briefly on January 3rd-4th, then return to their constituencies for a week, then return to DC for a 2-week work session bracketing the Presidential inauguration on January 21st.
In the UK, Parliament is in session until December 20th and returns on January 7th. Responses to the Leveson Report are likely to continue to feature prominently, and the child s*x abuse investigations associated with Jimmy Savile are marching on.
Around the world, various other legislative bodies are going into either a short winter or a long summer hiatus over the year-end. The media in countries where the summer recess has already begun can look forward to a break from relentless partisan spin for a good month or more (there’ll still be some rumblings, of course); the media in countries where the winter recess has yet to begin will be lucky to get a quieter week or so between the solstice and the New Year.
Depending on what happens over the next few weeks, this particular Media Circus thread could well see us through until January.
What’s piqued your media interests lately?
As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).