The plain fact is that the mainstream politicians have forfeited our trust and lost our respect.
Ross Gittins is economics editor of the SMH and an economic columnist for The Age. His books include Gittins' Guide to Economics, Gittinomics and The Happy Economist.
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The rating agencies' involvement in the global financial crisis has destroyed their credibility forever.
Much talked-up pledge to generate 'jobs and growth' was a scheme to cut company tax plus a lot of fancy packaging.
The success of Labor's Mediscare in this election is worrying - but not for the reason you may imagine.
There's a great weakness in the (otherwise sound) argument that borrowing for infrastructure is a good thing.
I get criticised by rusted-on supporters of both sides of politics when I say this, but that doesn't stop it being true: there are differences between the two sides' policies, but they're not as great as they want us to believe (and their supporters do believe).
A more adult election campaign, not one ruled by scare campaigns, would deliver a better outcome for us all.
Most of us have highly stereotypical, caricatured views of the parties' respective strengths and weaknesses.
Does the Coalition really want its generous mates to "pay their fair share of tax"? Be sceptical. I am.
There is nothing in the mid-year budget update to be alarmed about, but nor does it suggest Malcolm Turnbull will do any better than his predecessors at getting the budget back to surplus.