There are times when one wonders whether this bizarre election campaign is actually about anything. But of course it is. It is just that it is hard to get the information we need to determine what the issues are. And that is an indictment of the way it is being reported.

Last Friday I was at a meeting where the future of the website Australian Policy Online was under discussion. During the session we heard about feedback from the site’s readers. One had made a touching plea: where, she asked, could she find a clear and impartial statement of the top 10 policy issues in the present election, and the position of the political parties on each?