MPs have had a torrid time in recent weeks.
Climate change policy can create endangered species, as Kevin Rudd found out.
Governments worldwide have grappled with various responses to greenhouse gas emissions and Australia's version of an emissions trading scheme (ETS) wasn't much different to ours.
When politicians throw mud, does some of it stick? Or is it counter-productive and do voters treat it with contempt?
From the evidence of past mud-slinging, it doesn't pay and it usually ends up all over the throwers.
Post-budget best case scenario for the Government: Most people react responsibly, saving or investing their tax cuts. Inflation rises but far less than Treasury's forecast.
Surprising misconceptions and startling contradictions surround the Government's affirmation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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