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Thursday, 27 January 2011


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Flood levy: the best packaging from Labor for a long while

The Prime Minister has switched the Government’s campaign for a flood recovery levy from a fiscal to an economic focus, arguing it is critical to ensuring the recovery effort doesn’t drive inflation and skill shortages, reports Bernard Keane.

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Pentagon red faced over WikiLeaks suspect

The US Department of Defence suffered another damaging leak this week when NBC learnt the government’s chief suspect in the WikiLeaks case could not be tied to Julian Assange by its own investigation, writes Harley Dennett, in Washington DC.

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Jetstar … are you being served? Well, yes, but only sometimes

Passengers flying economy who make connections from full-service airlines to Jetstar will continue on “selected” flights to get meals and the same free baggage allowance as they took for granted on their non-Jetstar flights.

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What does Australia Day mean for the ‘iPod generation’?

Most of my peers don’t buy into the pageantry of Australia Day. They might enjoy their day off, get drunk on Aussie beer and wine and eat lamb, pavlova and lamingtons, but they’re uncomfortable with conspicuous nationalism.

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Laugh until you cry — can we put a levy on political stupidity?

The debate over the flood levy is one of those moments that makes you want to cry over the mediocrity of our leaders.

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McGuire Supreme Court challenge could expose Broady branch stacks

This morning’s backing by CFMEU overlord Bill Oliver of a Supreme Court challenge to block the ALP National Executive’s parachuting of Frank McGuire into John Brumby’s seat of Broadmeadows is almost certain to founder and will instead shine a light on the electorate’s notorious history of branch stacking, party insiders say.

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NASA climate chief: Labor’s targets a ‘recipe for disaster’

NASA climate expert James Hansen says that the Australian government goals of limiting human-made warming to 2 degrees and CO2 to 450 ppm are prescriptions for disaster, writes author David Spratt

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Community sector excluded from flood disaster talks

Some important voices are missing in talks on how to fund the national response to the floods, writes Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service.

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Egyptians online and on the streets, but a US ally stands firm

This is the beginning of an uprising,” Mohamed ElBaradei reportedly told Al Jazerra yesterday. ElBaradei has been dubbed Egypt’s “reluctant revolutionary” and is viewed as the man who could help topple an oppressive regime.

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Female MPs: you’re either a mum, or the owner of an empty fruit bowl

Far more than men, female politicians have their political identities framed around their family and relationship situation.

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How does Gillard the Oz day orator stack up with former PMs?

How did Julia Gillard’s Australia Day speech stack up with those of her predecessors? Crikey spoke with Joel Deane, a poet, novelist and former chief speechwriter for Premiers Steve Bracks and John Brumby.

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Inside the hive-mind

Anonymous is supposed to be a “juvenile” “underground hate group”. A look at its operations reveals a complex and thoughtful movement that is unlike traditional real-world activism.

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Kohler: the cost of our surplus obsession

The Australian Prime Minister is too worried about the fiscal balance and the US President is not worried enough.

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Google, Demand Media, Lance Armstrong and ‘the worst IPO of the year’

What do cyclist Lance Armstrong, “content farmer” Demand Media and Google have in common? Read on.

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The youngest person ever elected to parliament in Australia

Crikey readers have their say.

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Read an illuminated (and bizarre) novel

To call your novel “illuminated” is a dangerous thing. Five Wounds’ claim holds with it the expectation that it should be something beyond a typical read. And it is, says writer and blogger Lyndon Riggall.

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Aussies tune into cricket, tennis on Australia Day

he tennis and cricket were the only programs that mattered last night.

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BBC to trim World Service … how the US covered our floods …

How did the United States press cover the deadly floods in Brazil and Australia? Plus, a supermarket censors Elton John’s icky gay parenting, Men’s Health editor plagiarizes his own writers and other media news of the day.

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Anna Bligh continues to draw headlines

Julia Gillard reclaims her mantle atop the table which, in a sign of the times, is led by women, writes Media Monitors’ John Chalmers.

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Obama’s State of the Union address

During his second State of the Union address yesterday Barack Obama canvassed a broad range of topics including clean energy, the war in Afghanistan and America’s economic recovery.

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Tips and rumours

Which bank’s under the Tax Office gun? The Tax Office is looking to bounce back from the Hoges debacle by hitting a certain high-profile Australian financial institution with the full court press in order to get them to pay millions in back taxes. The bank in question is under continual audit and so has been […]

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Heavy medal band … that’s Labor for you

Labor’s attempt to milk a national disaster to its own advantage knows no bounds.

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Rethinking the Middle East

Amid another day and night of widespread protests in Egypt, and rumours of a massacre of protesters in Suez, Western governments’ policy toward the Middle East is tottering and is now one dictator’s plane flight away from collapsing altogether.

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A levy on political stupidity, Pentagon red faced over WikiLeaks suspect, rating Gillard’s Oz Day speech, Egyptians online and in the streets

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Why I created the Singles’ Survival Guide

Single blokes need all the help they can get, so Crikey subeditor Mick Vaughan decided to create the Singles’ Survival Guide. Vaughan explains all in a ruminative piece encompassing epiphanies and motivations, gardening, home decoration and a badly botched casserole.

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