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 The Gillard government's strategy to claw back lost political ground is not exactly innovative. In fact, its core is older than time.
Katharine Murphy Out of the carbon tax, into the boats. That's the next month or so for Gillard Labor. Alternating between frying pans and fires.
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...