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Articles by Margot Saville

Slash spending to keep coveted credit rating, says Treasury chief

Treasury secretary John Fraser outlined Australia’s economic forecast at a speech last night.

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Polished Hird’s ‘soft chat’ with ABC reporter fails to impress, illuminate

James Hird’s appearance at the Ethics Centre last night raised more questions than it answered.

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‘A high-risk option’: Turnbull born to rule, but for how long?

Many commentators think Malcolm Turnbull will be in residence at Kirribilli for many years to come. But Paddy Manning, the author of a new book on Turnbull, is not so sure …

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No free lunch: what journos learned on their Israel junket

Is it possible to write objectively about Israel if you have been treated to an all-expenses-paid vacation?

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Climate denier Ian Plimer takes on the people’s Pope

Goodness gracious, Pope Francis thinks that stopping carbon emissions will help the poor, when everyone knows only coal and the free market will do that.

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Why Scott Ludlam is using a pencil (and other matters of democracy)

Scott Ludlam and Julian Assange spoke at a democracy conference over the weekend.

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Garrett’s short memory on ‘envelope of cash’

There’s a very interesting, very last minute clarification in Peter Garrett’s book, as those who attended its launch discovered.

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Splitting the Bill: David Marr dissects the enigmatic Labor leader

Peeling back the layers on Bill Shorten.

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Thank goodness, there is still plenty of sexism about

Are Australians actually curbing their sexist behaviour so they won’t be called out in the Ernies?

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Tony’s Last Supper: one last hurrah with the Old Boys

Hours after leaving Kirribilli House with his wife, Abbott reappeared in the prime ministerial residence for one last dinner with Riverview classmates.

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One Entsch at a time: the Libs crawl toward same-sex marriage

Margot Saville went along to hear Liberal MP Warren Entsch speak at a pro-gay marriage event.

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Peter Singer deals death blow to anti-euthanasia crowd at Sydney Uni

A debate about the merits of voluntary euthanasia filled Sydney Town Hall to capacity last night.

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Sex scandals and AVOs ensnare NSW Labor

Sydney’s Local Court heard two politically tangled hearings this morning.

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Abbott loves Glen Campbell (and other stories from Greg Sheridan’s memoir)

The launch for Greg Sheridan’s memoir, When We Were Young and Foolish, featured a very nostalgic Prime Minister.

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Shorten urged to give ‘a proper answer’ at royal commission

After a fairly uneventful hearing yesterday, things are finally heating up for Bill Shorten at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

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Sunny Shorten breezily fronts union royal commission

The Opposition Leader looked for all the world like he loves spending his days answering questions at the union royal commission.

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‘Clever, diligent, effective’: Bishop every bit the better PM

Why hasn’t Julie Bishop joined Malcolm Turnbull and mounted a leadership challenge against Tony Abbott? She would nail it.

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A day in Joe Hockey’s little bubble of privilege

Cashmere, “sous-vide” beef and sea views — Joe Hockey lives in a fantasy land for the cloistered elite. No wonder he doesn’t understand economic hardship.

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‘The Nats are a waste of space’: Windsor opens up about life in politics

Tony Windsor told a rapt audience at Gleebooks about the problem with the current government, what he thinks of The Australian and who Tony Abbott’s parents might be.

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It’s back to the future with the jubilant Greens

Travelling from the Libs’ election party to the Greens’ shindig took only 10 minutes, but they were worlds apart.

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Lycra brigade muscles in on Labor-Greens death match in Balmain

The Australian Cyclists Party are trying to pedal their message in inner Sydney.

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Hockey in the ‘dock’: Treasurer can’t recall much

Joe Hockey has taken the stand in his defamation proceedings against Fairfax.

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Packed house to hear Hockey tear strips off Fairfax

What good will suing Fairfax do for Hockey? The public already mistrust politicians, writes Margot Saville from the court room.

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AFP chief’s long-winded speech asks more questions than it answers

Yesterday, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin delivered a speech in Sydney that was heavy on corporate jargon, and light on answers for the Bali Nine duo.

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Uber channels Obamania for some hope and change of its own

The ride-sharing app has hired Obama strategist David Plouffe to convince people worldwide that sometimes it is OK to get in a car with strangers.

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