Elephant in the Big Top

Sidestepping tricky issues in the media is a politician’s stock in trade. This year there was no shortage of complex problems to challenge political figures as they chose when and if they would be pinned down. Rising economic inequality, record bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s contribution to global carbon emissions all featured strongly. However the biggest ‘elephant’ was surely the irrepressible presence of Tony Abbott.

Morning, Malcolm

David Rowe, The Australian Financial Review,

Adani Barney

Andrew Weldon, The Big Issue,


Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald,


Glen Le Lievre, Crikey,

Global Risks

David Pope, The Canberra Times,

Great Barrier Greef

Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald,

Super Housing

Cathy Wilcox, The Sydney Morning Herald,

Fair's Fair

Jon Kudelka, The Australian,


Michael Leunig, The Age,

Fair Go

Ron Tandberg, The Age,