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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 5

After Queensland, Abbott needs a Howard-style miracle

A crippled Tony Abbott must completely reset the political agenda with his Press Club speech. And John Howard offers some inspiration.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 7 UNLOCK?

Rundle: in Greece, on the cusp of history

Greece is a long way from saved, but the ascension of Syriza should provide a political road map for aspiring left-wing governments.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Yingluck is right, democracy is dead in Thailand

The military junta that controls Thailand is looking every inch a dictatorship.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | POLITICS | 20 UNLOCK?

Could Newman stay premier if he loses his seat? It’s happened before

A premier who’s not even in parliament? It can happen — in Canada, it’s not even that unusual.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 28 UNLOCK?

Keane: the right time to dump Tony Abbott

Political debate is now focusing on the details of Abbott’s removal — who, how and most importantly, when.

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AirAsia pilots said to have cut off flight computers before crash

There are now competing claims as to whether everything on the A320 had been properly maintained or not, with a new report indicating the pilots may have cut power to a critical computer system.

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In languid and broken Maryborough, a microcosm of Queensland’s problems

What is really at stake in tomorrow’s Queensland election? Freelance journalist James Rose reports from Maryborough.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: perhaps Newman should have ditched Ashgrove (before it ditches him)

Campbell Newman is polling badly in his seat of Ashgrove — it might have been wiser to depart the seat for a safer LNP one to ensure a stable transition to the new government.

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POLITICS | UNLOCK?

An unlikely martyr emerges from Paris supermarket siege

Yoav Hattab, a 21-year-old Tunisian Jew, was murdered in a kosher supermarket on the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Eyewitness accounts show that he died a hero, trying to protect his fellow hostages, writes freelance journalist Ken Haley.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 40 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Prince Philip knighthood may be Abbott’s finest service to the Liberal Party

Sir Prince Philip may just be the death of irony, once and for all.

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POLITICS | 16

Laugh and the world laughs with you — Abbott’s overseas knightmare

Freelance journalist Alan Austin takes a look at the world’s thigh-slapping reaction to Tony Abbott’s decision to knight Prince Phillip.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Funnily enough, ICAC’s ‘overreach’ only a concern for those in its crosshairs

While the ICAC blowtorch was focused on ALP politicians, conservatives applauded from the sidelines, happy to see Labor’s scandals unearthed and publicised. They seem to have changed their tune.

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Coincidence? MH370 search vessels converge in the Indian Ocean

Coincidences mount in the search for MH370 as Malaysian authorities prepare to release an interim report on the flight’s mystery disappearance.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 13 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: LNP will keep Queensland, but Newman’s a goner

As if things weren’t already looking bad enough for Campbell Newman in Queensland’s upcoming state election, the numbers now indicate voters could elect as many as 10 crossbenchers.

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PADDY MANNING | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Gut feelings and ‘common sense’: what Jeff Kennett brings to Coles remediation

Coles has turned to the former Victorian premier to sort out that bit of bother with its suppliers.

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PATRICK BAUME | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

iSentia Index: Knighthood for Queen’s Consort drowns out everything else

It’s been a busy week for Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman, with both leaders forced to defend their decisions.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

Joke political donation laws hide half the story from voters

Commonwealth political donation laws mean we don’t find out until 18 months after an election who gave money to political parties - and even then we only get half the story.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Reds under the bed: where are our socialist MPs?

New NSW Labor boss Luke Foley is emphatically not a socialist. So where are the socialists in government?

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Why Melbourne Bike Share riders shouldn’t have to wear helmets

The new Victorian government has to decide what to do about the lacklustre performance of Melbourne Bicycle Share. One possible action could be to exempt it from the mandatory helmet law.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters continue to mark the government down

The government continues to fall in voters’ estimation on important policy issues, but a large number of voters still think it’s too soft on asylum seekers, Essential Report shows.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: parties play the odds with Qld how-to-vote cards

Both major parties, and some of the minor parties too, are manipulating the optional preferential voting system to secure seats.

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POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Crikey list: politicians who have sued media outlets for defamation

For all our politicians profess a love of free speech, here are some of our elected representatives who decided to cash in on a media that might have been a little too free …

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 6

Pentagon shows the proper way to farewell a beloved monster

While many point out he was a brutal dictator, western elites are mourning Saudi King Abdullah - and none more so than the Pentagon.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | POLITICS | 25 UNLOCK?

Print graffiti? No good news for Abbott in knight-mare coverage

Who had nice things to say about Prince Philip’s knighthood? Nobody. Then the AFR politely changed the subject, but not without a swing at the “indulgent captain’s choice”.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 35 UNLOCK?

Arise, Dame Julie: Bishop displays her Sun King seal of approval

Julie Bishop is openly positioning herself as Tony Abbott’s replacement as the Prime Minister’s judgement again fails him.

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