The Distillery: Shorten sweet

Jotters size up the new Labor leader and probe Tony Abbott's business bona fides.

The two big stories of the past couple of weeks – Leighton and the debt ceiling – continue to garner plenty of attention but, as a new Opposition leader is ushered in, two scribes turn the focus to the viability as Labor’s choice. Meanwhile, as Bill Shorten readies for a short honeymoon period, Tony Abbott’s may be over, with two jotters asking the tough questions: Is his government pro-market or pro-business? And has he formed an agenda yet?

Offshore, one commentator pinpoints where we should look for the next Lehman moment – and it’s not the imminent risk of a US default.

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