Australian Left Review

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News from Nowhere: The New Idealists


McKenzie Wark


Reading the opinion columns in the papers on the government's March economic statement is enough to make one thankful that few people read them. Two rhetorics prevailed. The first was the stock-in-trade of political reportage: non-members' bar gossip about who is scrapping with whom in government Would the statement reassert Hawke's dominance in cabinet? What did Button realiy say to Crean? Who really cares? This is the soap opera type of political reporting, the only notable feature of which is that it says nothing about politics at all.