Katharine Murphy is national affairs correspondent at The Age. She has been reporting on federal politics for more than a decade, starting at The Australian Financial Review, where she was Canberra chief of staff from 2001 to 2004, and moving to The Australian as a specialist writer from 2004 to 2006. She joined The Age in 2006. In 2008, she won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism.
Katharine Murphy Ideas are on the way back. This is a bold call given post-truth politics is meant to have triumphed and I've been deeply pessimistic for most of this year.
Katharine Murphy In an election year, our leaders must connect with us on a deeper level.
Katharine Murphy I've been away a couple of weeks, taking the air, reminding myself how easy it is to just tune out politics. Dangerously simple. Just hit mute.
Katharine Murphy ORDINARY folks, safely outside the surly faux combat that passes for organised public discourse these days, would be perfectly entitled to conclude this afternoon that national politics is so toxic...