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Tips and rumours: diplomatic lead foots

The Saudi Arabian embassy has once again been revealed as the mission most likely to ignore Australia’s road rules. In a series of documents from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released under freedom of information, one member of the Saudi Arabian mission, whose identity is redacted, was fined for returning a blood-alcohol limit […]

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Speeding Saudis … Pliberseks at war … GetUp gets it wrong

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Tips and rumours: the war on punctuation

War on punctuation. The government has announced that its biannual party of red tape reduction is no more, with assistant minister for productivity Peter Hendy saying that most of the work has already been done in repealing laws with unnecessary red tape. Labor finance spokesman Tony Burke used the announcement to send out a press release […]

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Bananas in Pyjamas in parli … don’t mention Nauru … get your smap smear …

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Tips and rumours: Turnbull catches the same pleb trams as the rest of us

Turnbull on the tram. Once again Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took to public transport to prove just how normal he is, hopping on a tram while visiting Melbourne last week. Some expected that once Turnbull made himself at home in the Lodge, he wouldn’t be so free to mix with the general public on trams, trains and […]

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Turnbull catches the tram … Border Force catches the wannabe rapists … romantic Big Mac, anyone?

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Tips and rumours: David Petraeus and the oaths that matter

A small example last weekend of how national security is not about what you know but who you know. Over the weekend, the US Department of Defense decided not to take any action against David Petraeus, former CIA head and US General, such as demoting him from four-star general. Readers will recall Petraeus, who admitted to […]

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Tips and rumours: Fortitude shows its cards. 

Anti-Islamic group United Patriots Front announced last year that it would be starting a political party, to be called Fortitude Australia. The party’s website went live over the weekend, announcing a range of policies and a line-up of muscly white “patriots” who will supposedly run for the Senate at the next election. Unsurprisingly, the policy […]

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Mitch Fifield comes clean … Google it … council elections hot up …

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Donate or else … Turnbull a no-show at Pride … Warnie’s charity blues …

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Tips and rumours: introducing the ABC’s real friends

We’ve heard of Friends of the ABC, but what about the Real Friends of the ABC? It appears a rival group has arisen to the long-standing viewer group. The Real Friends of the ABC held a small vigil outside Ultimo yesterday, handing out flyers urging the ABC to change its “lack of reporting on domestic […]

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Tips and rumours: battle of Wills

It’s getting to the pointy end of the Labor preselection for the seat of Wills and all signs point towards dirt being thrown in one direction — towards Peter Khalil, supported by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and seen as the leader in the race. A pamphlet sent to Labor members in the electorate yesterday detailed his role […]

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Ill Wills … real friends … excitement in Indi …

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Hot air on wind turbines … F-35 woes … “gay sex marriage”? …

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Tips and rumours: a very confused Australia Day

Our politicians all have their own way of celebrating Australia Day. George Christensen used the day to tell us that our national anthem’s second verse isn’t actually about sharing our boundless plains with those who’ve come across the seas, but for keeping our enemies out: Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie showed us the Australian flag could […]

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Tips and rumours: Jamie Briggs speaks

Disgraced ex-cities minister Jamie Briggs has broken his silence over the incident in a Hong Kong bar that left him out of a ministerial job, blaming alcohol and time away from home for kissing a female staffer on the cheek (or neck) and telling her she had piercing eyes. In an exclusive interview with his […]

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Tips and rumours: joke’s on the UPF

The United Patriots Front, one of the major groups behind protests against mosques in various towns and cities across Australia, was left red-faced yesterday when it posted a link to an article claiming that Islamic groups and Aboriginal groups had designed a flag that represents “Australian minorities first, white Australians second”. This of course got […]

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Tips and rumours: All the way with the IPA

The Institute for Public Affairs, known for its valuable and objective research, is quoted in the Herald Sun today saying that Australia is fine just as it is, and that we don’t need to change at all. According to deputy executive director and wannabe senator James Patterson: “On Australia Day we are often told that […]

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IPA loves Australia … UPF gets spoofed … guess who’s back? …

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The census will keep your data … shuffling the deck chairs at News … Australian Open’s sponsor not welcome …

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Tips and rumours: Brandis transparency greatest hits.

Following the news yesterday that Brandis had appealed an Administrative Appeals Tribunal ruling that his office would have to process a freedom of information request for his diary for his first eight months in office, a tipster told us to check back on what Brandis had been saying in opposition about transparency. As the tipster wrote: […]

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Tips and rumours: At least it wasn’t lumbersexual

The Macquarie Dictionary has named its Word of The Year, and even though it’s technically a phrase, Ms Tips approves. According to the committee, the word that best represents 2015 is “captain’s call”. The term, which former Prime Minister Tony Abbott used to describe the decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood, is defined by […]

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Cory Bernardi spruiks Gina Rinehart … captain’s call word of the year … George Brandis on transparency …

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Tips and rumours: Australians are not impressed by Trump

While Sarah Palin has thrown her support behind Donald Trump (no surprises there), the Australian public is less keen on the polarising Republican candidate. Even though Australians won’t be voting in the US election, Essential polling shows that 40% of Australians would prefer Democrat Hillary Clinton to win. Interestingly, Clinton’s support is highest among Coalition […]

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Tips and rumours: The course of true love never did run smooth. 

While Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are still in the throes of new love, a UK-based blog devoted to exposing rogue journalists has revealed that Hall may have been one of the victims of phone hacking at a Murdoch newspaper. According to Nick Davies’ book Hack Attack, a young reporter at The Sun in the late […]

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