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FEDERAL | UNLOCK?

Dollar and China will drive a switch in RBA thinking

Weakening growth won’t shift the Reserve Bank’s thinking on interest rates as much as the strength of the dollar and how the Chinese property market fares, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Shorten’s higher ground proves elusive

With a chance to convey his vision for Australia in a set-piece speech, Bill Shorten failed to deliver.

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FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: can Palmer claim Lambie’s seat for PUP?

Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party have called it quits, but will she be allowed to stay in the Senate as an independent? Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts investigates.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 16 UNLOCK?

Cormann’s Medibank success reverses a run of privatisation duds

The successful sale of Medibank Private was important to show voters that privatisation can be better than it has been so often in the past.

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CRIKEY INTERN | FEDERAL | 11

Clive’s burn book

After Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie cut ties with the Palmer United Party, Clive had a few choice words about her. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts compiles Clive’s sickest burns.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 50 UNLOCK?

Outbreak of entitlement confuses ABC critics

Critics of the ABC board’s decision on spending cuts think the ABC can be both national and efficient, when it can’t be both at once.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 38 UNLOCK?

Rundle: how Lambie could bring down our cosy, undemocratic oligarchy

Jacqui Lambie has become even more of a wild card now that she’s ditched Clive. But what does this fiasco mean for our democracy?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 11 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott’s international foray underwhelms voters

After an intensive focus on international issues, the government has gone backwards in voter estimation of its performance, Essential Report shows.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 29 UNLOCK?

Keane: the black and white world of Abbott’s spinning

The government’s default communication strategy is to to tell people they’re wrong. And, unsurprisingly, it’s not working.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 1 UNLOCK?

Committee lashes out at lack of a key national security role

The powerful parliamentary intelligence committee has expressed its displeasure at the ongoing lack of a key security role within government.

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CRIKEY INTERN | FEDERAL | 21

Guess who’s back? Top 10 moments of Pauline Hanson

Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov compiles Hanson’s 10 most outrageous moments.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 52 UNLOCK?

Coalition’s mid-term blues deepen as Abbott looks back to McMahon

The government’s domestic woes deepened this week, and a focus on foreign policy won’t salvage its fortunes.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 8

Poll Bludger: Obama-Xi deal spoilt Abbott’s hoped-for G20 bounce

The Abbott government’s woeful polling numbers might not rebound in any significant way for quite some time.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 16 UNLOCK?

Keane: govt hoisted by its own FOFA petard

The government’s half-smart decision to try to sneak its repeal of FOFA through parliament has ended up costing it dearly.

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JASON WHITTAKER | FEDERAL | 10

Turnbull reveals the extent of ABC cuts

The Communications Minister confirmed the ABC budget will be slashed by $254 million over the next four years — or 2.6% of its $5.5 billion budget — while SBS will lose $25.2 million (1.7%) over the period.

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FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 27 UNLOCK?

China FTA a win for the govt, but not the economy

A free trade agreement with China is unlikely to yield significant economic benefits, and we’d be better off simply liberalising our economy.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Disastrous Japan GDP fails to follow G20 script

In a shock outcome, the Japanese economy has plunged into recession, casting doubt on the ambitious reform program of Shinzo Abe, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Essential: thumbs up for an FTA with China, though voters aren’t sure why

Voters back a free trade agreement but appear confused about who will benefit, this week’s Essential Report shows, while it seems partisanship affects how people view the asylum seeker issue.

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FEDERAL | 8 UNLOCK?

G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 17 UNLOCK?

Joe and Tony hold out against the economics of climate change

Opinion on whether climate change is a major economic issue is divided. Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey say it isn’t … everyone else says it is.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 29

Rundle: the rise of Clivosaurus a product of voter curiosity

Far from being the populist saviour of our supposedly broken political system, Clive Palmer swept to power on little more than voter curiosity, and has given Queenslanders more Lefty shtick than they expected.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

Poor week for the government, but will Lambie make life easier?

As politics switches focus to the G20 and foreign visitors, the government’s woes continue.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 51

Xi-Obama deal leaves Abbott with nowhere to hide on climate

The climate action agreement between China and the US removes the assumption on which the Coalition’s entire contradictory approach to climate change is based.

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