After a year spent largely at odds with mainstream political commentators, NewMatilda’s national affairs correspondent has earned a holiday. Ben Eltham looks back on a torrid year in Australian politics.
But the political animus in 2012 went further than just hatred of our first female Prime Minister. It extended, whip-like, to wrap itself around all those who assisted her to gain and remain in office, such as Greens leader Christine Milne, Peter Slipper as the “rat” Speaker betraying his conservative colleagues, as well as the lower house independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.
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