Wayne Swan, Nick Minchin and Anne Aly discuss courage under (journalistic) fire, and the dreaded He Who Shall Not Be Named (SPOILER: it's Laurie Oakes).
Brandis explains emoji ... soft and cuddly diplomacy ... who's the real opposition communications spokesman? ...
The sum total of useful commentary on ABC’s stultifying I Can Change Your Mind About Climate was five minutes of British scientist and author Ben Goldacre saying he'd rather slam his c-ck in the door then debate climate change, writes climate researcher Ian McHugh.
Climate deniers are not mad, they are human. And the sooner you begin to engage with them rather than dismiss them, the better chance you may have of bringing a few along with you, writes Simon Nasht, producer of ABC doco I Can Change Your Mind About Climate.
Because it falls for the deniers’ tactic of doubt-mongering, ABC TV’s I Can Change Your Mind … About Climate Change is a victory for climate denial even before it goes to air .
Even if Abbott wins a 2013 election it would likely be mid-2015 before any carbon price legislation could potentially pass a joint sitting of both houses, writes Matt Grudnoff, a senior economist at The Australia Institute.
Leader of the Right and keeper of the Howard flame, Nick Minchin is still regarded by some as the Liberal Party's spiritual leader. Also, the NGV's power benefactor, Alan Joyce finds friends in the market and Bolt and Negus back in 2012.
The tensions between Tony Abbott and Peter Reith have deep roots in recent Liberal history. The former minister's eagerness to prevent a return to "the Fraser years", unencumbered by the party presidency, will be fascinating to watch.