So impressive how all the political commentators have realised that when Julia Gillard talks about not having the numbers in the Parliament to pass Andrew Wilkie’s pokies reforms, she means her own numbers, not the crossbench. Oh, you mean they haven’t? Some cynical types may suggest the only reason the PM has stepped in with a compromise to avoid a vote is that her Party was concerned Wilkie’s Bill might have somehow passed, not that it wouldn’t pass.
Meanwhile, Europe sinks ever closer to financial collapse and the Australian auto industry heads closer to the inevitable despite Kim Carr’s quixotic waves of his unmighty sword. Both the Government and Opposition seem reasonably keen to make the economy the main fight this year, with the always shy Bill Shorten leading the charge to tell us how grim its going to be and how responsible yet compassionate the Government will be in the face of good old Dr No on the other side.