So you're suggesting the AFR, SMH *and* The Economist??!!
I think just buying out John Fairfax Publishing to get free copies of the AFR and SMH might be cheaper than actually buying both, and that still leaves The Economist.
I get the SMH delivered daily and buy The Economist about once a month (tops) and only get the AFR when the budget comes around each year (plus The Australian).
I agree about Ross Gittins, I have clippings of most of his articles from the past 2 1/2 years. I'd probably put him alongside Paul Clitheroe as my idols.
I probably should say that if you're doing all this wider reading purely for getting better marks in economict, then you either have to be very diciplined or you will not last very long. I did a lot of wider reading (newspapers, textbooks on topics not on the sylabus, books by Galbraith and Marx, etc), but virtually all of it was from my love of economics and my desire to learn more.
I even had a good long read of all the things that were in the old 3 unit economics course (which I am very displeased was removed the year I sat the HSC). It was very interesting stuff, particularely the changing economic theories over the 19th and 20th centuries. For anyone who has done Physics and learnt about the transition from classical to modern physics, it is similar in a way to that.
And I've got no idea how I wound up talking about that!