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Election: What aren't we debating?

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11 August 2010 12:58

Over at News Limited's Punch blog, Leo Shanahan lists eight issues we've heard nothing about in this election campaign. Foreign policy is on Shanahan's list, though that may change temporarily tomorrow, when the Foreign Affairs debate is staged at the National Press Club. Graeme Dobell and others will cover the event for The Interpreter.  

Given how much government spending goes to defence, it probably also deserves to be on Shanahan's list. Then again, if you scan this pie chart from the 2010-11 budget documents ('Where taxpayer money is spent'), you could argue that a number of these spending areas have received very little scrutiny.

Still, it's reassuring that our leaders are giving the asylum-seeker issue a real work-over. Neglected topic, that.

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