How about a tax on #auspol short-termism? Let's call it the Tony … | Katharine Murphy

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Instead of talking ourselves into a funk, we should end 2017 with a fun thought experiment

It’s been a grim year in federal politics. Anyone watching knows it. Voters surveyed for the last Guardian Essential poll of 2017 gave politics an emphatic thumbs down, and they weren’t hopeful 2018 would be any better.

Tired of banging on about the symptoms of dysfunction in my own ecosystem, I wrote a long essay in the middle of the year in which former protagonists, politicians and staff told their stories in candid but not self-pitying terms. The object of the exercise was to tell the real story of what it is like to be a professional politician in the current era.

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