As we wrap up this political year we are probably at best deflated by the manner in which politics has been conducted in 2012 and at worst, and perhaps more likely, infuriated and disappointed.  The savage attacks on individuals on both sides of the parliament and issues in the public domain seems to have reached a new level inflamed by the anonymity of social media.

Keynote speaker at this year’s ACL National Conference Professor Greg Craven gave words to this widely held frustration as few could in his recent article in The Australian, and I think we would all agree with his concluding remark “I just want this to stop.”