Single sentences that struck me forcefully over the last few days:
Pondering new paradigms
In this environment, in this glut of disagreement, perhaps we in the media can wean ourselves off the quick headline, and MPs can free themselves of the fear of speaking plainly.
Consensus is not about the major parties coming together, but the independents choosing which policies of either party they want.
PM Julia Gillard:
Our challenge is to get out a clear agenda of what we stand for – not be worried about each day’s 6 o’clock news
Gillard will have to be sure that caucus members (the Labor family) don’t come to feel they get less attention than the PM’s new-found friends.
By calling the Gillard government illegitimate, [the Coalition] was attacking not its political rivals but the framework itself.
The central weakness of our political system is that there are no electoral rewards for long-term planning and policy.
For all this talk of sunshine and beautiful politics, [Rob Oakeshott] would be better suited behind the lectern as a pastor at a group-hugging happy-clappy church.
We believe [Senator Brown] and his Green colleagues are hypocrites; that they are bad for the nation; and that they should be destroyed at the ballot box.
The independents, by discussing things of real concern (like how the rural half live and what we do with our water) and restoring the old Athenian practise of thoughtful public discussion of things on the public mind have shown how wrong, how crashingly wrong has been the prevailing technique of whatever-it-takes and winning-the-24-hour-news-cycle and parroting-the-focus-group and dumbing-down-our-future-expectations and returning-to-surplus-by-2013-whatever-the-cost-to-our-civilisation, and she is the old-fashioned epitome of all that is wrong with media-tortured politics (as Faulkner, Debus, Turnbull, Tanner, Swan, Brown, Stott Despoja, Xenophon, Wilkie, McKew and, oh yes, Beazley, Hawke and Whitlam never were) and she really shouldn’t be there.
UPDATE: Amber Johnson at Crikey has a thorough round-up of responses to the ministry announcements.
FURTHER UPDATE: Two sentences from Tim Dunlop, critiquing Tony Wright’s weekend piece (defending the press gallery from the criticisms of Grog’s Gamut).
Sure, politicians want to hide from close scrutiny, and journalism is about holding them to account regardless. But politicians are also hiding from bad, dishonest, ideological, intellectually lazy and petty journalism too.