Crikey Says

Feb 4, 2013

Crikey says: goodbye Gratts, hello tantrums

Michelle Grattan is retiring. Sort of. Eddie Obeid in the dock: what he says, and why it matters. Bernard Keane on the warped political narrative. The leaked Labor reform document. Stephen Mayne on the AEC donations dump. And the rise and possible fall of Sydney socialite John Curtis.

Chris Mitchell insists The Australian won’t be treating the next eight-and-a-half months as an election campaign. It’s a stunt, the paper’s feisty editor said in his paper today, and “some of the nation’s other editors need to grow up”. On growing up, we couldn’t agree more.

Some of Mitchell’s political journalists, too: Dennis Shanahan called it “Australia’s longest election campaign”, Christian Kerr had it as “the longest election campaign in the nation’s history” and Troy Bramston today called it “a marathon 227-day campaign”.

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