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Articles by Jason Whittaker

Essential: we’ll cop a carbon tax with compensation

The federal government has failed to sway those opposed to a carbon tax, though more than half of voters are prepared to support it with compensation for lower income households, new polling finds.

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Essential: we trust Negus and Oakes, but who’s Andrew Bolt?

We trust Laurie Oakes and George Negus to bring us the news. But not Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt, an Essential Research poll found.

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Radical changes for Radio National: media, religion and live drive

Radio National will restore specialist programs on religion and the media, and introduce a Breakfast-style live current affairs program for the drive home, as part of radical schedule changes proposed for 2012.

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News will investigate contributor spending in Australia

News Limited will examine its books in Australia to look for payments to private investigators or other parties that aren’t “legitimate services”.

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Carbon tax last straw for trucking industry demanding answers

A union heavy who helped install Julia Gillard as prime minister now threatens to turn against her not because of her backflip on a carbon tax, but a backdown on supporting mandated rates of pay for truck drivers. It’s an age-old argument.

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Radio National’s nip-tuck: managers meet to freshen up network

Key Radio National producers are bunkered down to again delineate between worthy and stodgy programming. After 80 years of broadcasting, management is concerned the station — and its audience — is starting to show its age.

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Daily Proposition: something for the Phans

Ten long years,” the Phantom bemoans, “living a mere facade of life. Ten long years, wasting my time with smoke and noise.” The frustration is palpable. Not of the opera ghoul’s lost love, necessarily, but of the puppet-master of global Phantom Enterprises.

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Health: $1.5b for more targeted mental health services

Mental health advocates finally have the big-ticket funding package they’ve long campaigned for, with a co-ordinated $2.2 billion suite of initiatives to support patients and identify those most at risk.

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Employment: how will Gillard put Australia to work?

Julia Gillard wants Australians to go back to work, using the budget to tackle a worsening skills shortage through training and apprenticeships.

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Budget preview: speculation, sweeteners and ‘tough’ love

It will be a “Labor budget”, the government says, “tough” for some but with sweeteners for families, pensioners and low-paid workers. Crikey prepares the way.

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Karl’s ‘tacky’ campaign takes shine off Gold Logie win

Peter Meakin describes Karl Stefanovic as a “mate”. But the rival news boss reckons his shameless and ultimately victorious campaign for a Gold Logie was “tacky”.

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Embattled Rann government loses key minister

Embattled South Australian Premier Mike Rann has lost a key frontbencher, with Bernard Finnigan resigning from Cabinet.

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And the Wankley goes to… Hun heartbreak over grieving swan

Rupert Murdoch, it’s said, believes putting animals on the front page sell more papers. Grieving animals? You can take that to the bank.

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Roads, rates, rubbish … foreign policy? Recreating local government

Local government is about more than roads, rates and rubbish. But it’s not about international diplomacy, one Sydney mayor and president of the local government alliance insists. So what good is a new-age council?

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Essential: forget the surplus, voters say, and save us from cuts

Most voters would rather the federal government delay its back to black strategy and extend the deficit to stave off service cuts and tax hikes.

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Radiation fears drive journos out of Japan, others vow to stay

Australian journalists are abandoning field coverage of the earthquake and tsunami devastation and flying out of Japan, as radiation fears from quake-hit nuclear reactors worsen.

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How a sacked Seven reporter found himself in Charlie Sheen’s bathroom

It was the tell-all celebrity interview everyone wanted. So how did Australian gossip hack Dylan Howard, sacked from local television before launching a glittering online gossip career in Hollywood, get the global scoop? Jason Whittaker and Tom Cowie explain.

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See opera up close, for less

You lose something watching opera in a cinema. But for a fraction of the cost you can watch the world’s best opera performances — while eating popcorn.

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And the Wankley goes to… viral ads, and the 7.30 whispering campaign

The 7.30 chant is becoming a roar. But not enough to drown out the viral marketing campaign stuff-up as the winner of this week’s Wankley Award.

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Editors would know if journos were hacking phones: News Ltd editor

New allegations have emerged on just how insidious phone tapping was at the News of the World, as one of News Limited’s senior Australian lieutenants suggests editors should have known the practice was going on.

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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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Essential: why we love to shop online (and reject paying GST)

The vast majority of Australians reject moves by the big retailers to apply GST to online purchases, not surprisingly, with new Essential Research polling revealing how ingrained online shopping has become for consumers.

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Who’s aspirational now? Williamson’s Party as vapid as the times

David Williamson got to his feet at the premiere of Don Parties On to be applauded, a polite if halfhearted acknowledgement. He smiled contentedly. Williamson is nothing but content. Blithely, indolently content, writes Jason Whittaker.

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And the Gold Wankley for worst media stunt of the year goes to …

The 2010 Crikey Wankley Awards offer a roll-call of the worst of the worst in Australian media — the beat-ups and bust-ups; a who’s who of shameless spinners, choleric columnists and starry-eyed, scandal-seeking gutter rats. But who’s the ultimate winner?

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Essential: voters support WikiLeaks and Assange, attack Gillard’s stance

Most Australians support the release of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables, say Julian Assange should receive legal support and are critical of the federal government’s rhetoric on the issue, new polling reveals.

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