Quite a few of Australia's political and economic journalists are currently, probably locked up in Parliament House in Canberra with a pile of budget documents. That should keep them out of trouble for a little while.
But what should they and their colleagues really be examining?
Australia's politicians are often even more aggressive than the worst Australian journalists. The best journalists often sound exasperated as a consequence.
Here are a few suggestions from the elegantly egalitarian Adelaide Adagia News Ensemble:
- Investigating Further
- Putting Mental Health Problems into Perspective
- Thinking Carefully about Budgets
- Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Incompatible Values
- Growing Older in South Australia as Pleasantly as Possible
- Launching the Moderate Australia Party
- Learning from Unpleasantness for Good to Triumph
Here are a few more matters for further investigation:
To explore the graphic, click through + hover over various elements to see the connections - click to show all the connections to a specific person or party.— The Conversation (@ConversationEDU) April 11, 2018
In this case you can see all the parties and people associated with the Liberal party.https://t.co/OjE5ekDoaQ pic.twitter.com/MnaqLDLjrl
How excited is Treasury about Budget day? They've launched a countdown clock, that's how much. https://t.co/J6Fv7sKdcO pic.twitter.com/RTaqWdKx4L— Sally Whyte (@sallywhyte) April 10, 2018
NSW FARMERS HIT HARD BY DRIEST PERIOD IN A DECADE: Farmers across regional NSW are running low on feed and water as they experience a lack of rain and record-breaking temperatures. Read more: https://t.co/h6iAQsEhCr pic.twitter.com/eOzPlBQyrw— ABC Rural (@ABCRural) April 11, 2018
Strange line of questioning in #estimates with Labor senators asking Mitch Fifield whether Rupert Murdoch is a member of the IPA...— Michael Koziol (@michaelkoziol) April 10, 2018
BREAKING: Doctors will be free to seek treatment for most mental health problems without being reported to AHPRA following a landmark deal to revamp mandatory reporting regulations. #MH4Docs https://t.co/XETQF562eY pic.twitter.com/YubrPj4m7i— Australian Doctor (@australiandr) April 13, 2018
So the problem is that we don't have enough cops on the beat.......OR...... the cops are incompetent.— Observer 🇦🇺🌏 (@WeTheVoters2013) April 18, 2018
Which one? #auspol #bankingroyalcommission pic.twitter.com/S5AlH47DZW
The Treasurer says the budget will be one that "lives within its means". Just to be clear, it will be a deficit budget, off the back of a decades worth of deficit budgets. Kinda doesn't fit the definition of living within ones means...— Peter van Onselen (@vanOnselenP) April 17, 2018
O'Dwyer re Labor doing nothing - it actually did bring in financial advice changes which the Coalition tried to kill— Michelle Grattan (@michellegrattan) April 20, 2018
#Budget2018— John Falzon (@JohnFalzon) April 20, 2018
Will be judged
By its impact
On growing #inequality.
People are made to feel as if
Inequality is a personal tragedy.
It is actually a political choice.
There's no such thing as a labour shortage, it's inadequate levels of pay that stops people applying for jobs— Stephen Koukoulas (@TheKouk) April 21, 2018
.@KellyODwyer just say sorry, you were wrong. it’s not hard.— simon holmes à court (@simonahac) April 21, 2018
people will respect you more.
when you can’t say sorry, people respect you less.#insiders
So the NDIS was or wasn’t properly funded ..... 🤷🏼♀️— Emma Alberici (@albericie) April 25, 2018
Memories. How the Coalition ran interference for the banks: https://t.co/URRyTmTmPn @smh @theage @businessday #auspol #ausecon @adele_ferguson pic.twitter.com/VUDHhjOGtM— Peter Martin (@1petermartin) April 25, 2018
Poor mental health is a mounting challenge that cuts across all aspects of society, including to the workplace. https://t.co/QOaQMwKgZa— RelationshipsAus (@RelationshipsA2) April 26, 2018
Good timing: Australia Post in talks to become a bank - Michael West @MichaelWestBiz #Auspost #BanksRC #FSRC #turnbull #26190 https://t.co/1d0spIbQsQ pic.twitter.com/92qNBAWSH7 ++ n/a #auspol— Sur Plus (@otiose94) April 25, 2018
Banking Royal Commission is exposing what’s known as “regulatory capture”, where a regulator (ASIC, RBA, APRA) has been “captured” by the industry it is supposed to be regulating. Also exposed? Major integrity/accountability failure by the Commonwealth government.— Quentin Dempster (@QuentinDempster) April 22, 2018
“I blew a fuse when I read about the Aus War Memorial planning to spend $500m on another centre. For $500m we could buy a proper research + treatment centre for PTSD! We could treat our veterans properly” Chris Barrie #AnzacDay #TheDrum pic.twitter.com/xI9m4pZUGl— ABC The Drum (@ABCthedrum) April 25, 2018
None Of Australia's Federal Politicians Have Taken An Anti-Sexual Harassment Course https://t.co/ZZCk6OLadC via @joshgnosis— BuzzFeedOz Politics (@BuzzFeedOzPol) April 26, 2018
Who equated $42k with 5yrs gaol (penalties for misleading ASIC)? Someone used to sentencing blue collar crims? A chairmen gets more than $42k per board meeting #BankingRC— Michael West (@MichaelWestBiz) April 29, 2018
Australia's housing market is a catastrophe so dire that it has become an international joke. If we don't fix it now, we will condemn a generation of renters to years of hardship. Check out our op ed #rentalsnapshot2018 https://t.co/Ad1SSUcABQ— Anglicare Australia (@anglicare_aust) April 30, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Across Australia, just three rentals were affordable out of 67,000 were available for a person on Newstart #rentalsnapshot2018 pic.twitter.com/gchXcYT9DK— Anglicare Australia (@anglicare_aust) April 30, 2018
Caption contest. pic.twitter.com/q9phBzbm4e— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) April 30, 2018
2014 v 2018 pic.twitter.com/IyoSrRtHxe— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) May 4, 2018
'In case of #budget emergency, break glass'. @roweafr's latest cartoon. For more: https://t.co/FaurRmAY3B #auspol #Budget2018 pic.twitter.com/dB2B30WVHI— Financial Review (@FinancialReview) May 7, 2018