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Tips and rumours: Joycean maths

With the ascension of Barnaby Joyce to the deputy prime ministership, at least some journalists haven’t forgotten just how remarkable Joyce’s ignorance of basic economics and fiscal policy is. TheAustralian Financial Review’s Tony Walker raised then-shadow finance minister Joyce’s ridiculous and hysterical claims in February 2010 that Australia was in imminent danger of defaulting. Absurdly, Joyce […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven gives the others a chance

No MKR last night left the field open to Nine and Ten. Having won the week already by Wednesday night, Seven didn’t need to waste any more ratings fodder trying to win last night. Nor will it try very hard tonight or Saturday. In fact, Seven issued a release this morning pointing that “Seven Dominates Opening […]

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Media briefs: Every move you make … choose your own adventure … Last days for the Independent …

What happens when you report on on-water matters. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Heeeeeere’s Jacqui …. Joycean maths … Abbott’s sleepover …

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The problems with Robb

Crikey readers discuss politics and other issues of the day.

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How the Liberals can genuinely reform tax

Once upon a time, back when Tony Abbott was prime minister, the Coalition had hopes of using tax reform as a wedge issue against Labor by claiming it was the party of tax cuts while Labor was the party of tax increases. Many months and a new prime minister later, the government is hopelessly adrift […]

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Tips and rumours

Rolexes, real and fake … in defence of grey cardigans … who’s the new Nats leader? …

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Media briefs: what it’s like to freeze … Mike Smith’s real role … On drops and sources …

Don’t worry, the ABC says, former ANZ CEO Mike Smith is not reviewing our business coverage. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Pick your battles

Crikey readers discuss media policies and other issues of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC slumps

Seven’s night and week thanks to My Kitchen Rules (which found a new couple to hate) which last night was assisted the second outing of First Dates which added to last week’s solid first up effort, and support from Home and Away (thanks Brax, Seven’s go to lad, next, can he host the faltering Sunrise?) […]

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Robert needs go to

Even if, by some narrow interpretation of the guidelines for ministerial conduct, Stuart Robert is formally in the clear on his conduct with Liberal donor Paul Marks and the latter’s dealing with Chinese companies, Robert should resign. Robert has shown a failure to understand that, as a minister, he is always seen as that — particularly when […]

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Tips and rumours: Lambie looks for answers in all the wrong places

Mind games. Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie was on a mission at Senate estimates last night, but we’re not 100% sure what she was trying to find out. While questioning ASIO director of security Duncan Lewis, Lambie and Attorney General George Brandis had this exchange, in which Lambie seems to imply that ASIO should be investigating union thugs: […]

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Isentia Index: State leaders put pressure on PM to #letthemstay

The divide between government policies and popular opinion grew ever-wider this week.

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Tips and rumours

Lambie on the warpath about, er, something … Turnbull is upstanding … minister for the undead …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins again

Seven’s night thanks to Home and Away, My Kitchen Rules (and that couple!) and the debut of the new dramedy, Wanted. Nine did well with its debut of Here Come The Habibs. But withhold judgement about their success until we see how many return next week and the week after. It’s the size of the […]

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Media briefs: Ross was given free rein … Here come the Habibs verdict … crack traders …

An Atlantic contributing editor has been caught swapping the promise of favourable coverage for an advanced copy of a Clinton speech. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Lots of ‘shoulds’, not enough ‘hows’.

Crikey readers discuss foreign policy and other issues of the day.

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The govt is not privatising Medicare — but tender process has risks

For those looking for evidence that economic reform is hard in Australia, look no further than the news — broken by The West Australian’s Andrew Probyn — that the government is considering putting Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Human Services payments systems out to tender. The Labor Party immediately attacked the proposal as “privatising Medicare”, while independent senator […]

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Tips and rumours: Who needs a UN human rights ambassador? Not us, says Bishop.

About a year ago, Professor Ben Saul, one of Australia’s leading human rights lawyers, wrote an academic paper proposing Australia create a themed human rights and international justice ambassador to the UN, based loosely around a role that currently exists in the United States. Australia already has ambassadors for terrorism, women and girls, and the environment, […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Seven dominates

My Kitchen Rules had its best night of this season so far last night with 2.360 million national viewers (and a season high 1.675 million in the metros), streeting the opposition and providing a solid platform for Seven’s news special on the murder of Anita Cobby 30 years ago (1.580 million nationally). With Home and […]

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Media briefs: Jaspan v Nine … catch a Fox … what motivates Rita Panahi …

What makes Rita Panahi tick? And other media tidbits of the day.

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