In this week's essential reading guide Kohler, Gottliebsen and Burgess unpick Labor's upheaval, Bartholomeusz delves into gold's decline and Koukoulas predicts a house price push.

The year of two elections
Alan Kohler
It’s partly coincidence, but as terms of trade fell so did Julia Gillard’s popularity. Of course there were also horrible mistakes that made 2013 a year of historic political tumult.

The risk in Rudd’s second turn at the helm
Robert Gottliebsen
Australia needs a tough government to get it out of its current mess. Two looming decisions will show where Kevin Rudd stands.


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