After years of reform drought, 2011 turned out to be one of the more productive years for economic reform. But only up to a point: each of the big set-piece reforms put in place by the government were flawed and undermined by politics and successful fightbacks by rentseekers and special interests -- the states, the mining industry, big carbon emitters. This would have counted as an average year for reform in the 1980s and 1990s.