In this week's essential reading guide Kohler ponders an election irony, Gottliebsen spots a housing boom, Bartholomeusz runs over CBA's numbers and Koukoulas eyes a proverbial European swallow.

Union leaders will be tempted to vote for Abbott
Alan Kohler - Election 2013
Unions are in desperate need of another pick-me-up like John Howard’s WorkChoices. But imagine if Kevin Rudd won… he’d give a decisive prod to the unions’ steady decline.

The Piffle statement
Alan Kohler - Election 2013
The PEFO’s return to surplus is obviously based on false assumptions, but what’s a non-core promise or two between national leaders and their voters?



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