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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Move over, China — Abe’s strength is good news for Australia

Stop focusing all your attention on China — a free trade agreement with Japan will be a very big prize for Australia indeed.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | 35 UNLOCK?

Sydney gunman a criminal, not a terrorist

Man Haron Monis was a desperate, violent middle-aged man, not a jihadi.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott won’t last as leader, and changing climate views

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today’s Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.

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POLITICS | 19 UNLOCK?

Business as usual not enough in a disappointing MYEFO

With deficits as far as the eye can see, the government needs to work out how to encourage business investment. Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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POLITICS | 4

Mixed result from Lima, with Paris talks murky

There were no binding commitments out of the Lima climate summit, to the dismay of many. But it is a small step on the path to the larger climate talks in Paris next year, writes University of Melbourne’s Chair of Political Science Discipline Professor Robyn Eckersley.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 23

MYEFO by the numbers: economic rocks ahead

Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a serious deterioration in revenue in the latest budget update.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 23 UNLOCK?

Politics on hold while Sydney siege continues

An unfolding siege in Sydney, with possible terrorist links, has put federal politics on hold while we wait for the incident to be brought to an end.

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POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

‘No business case’ for East West Link

The Napthine government’s signature East West Link policy would not have been able to pay for itself. Crikey Victorian politics reporter Dan Moss reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 24 UNLOCK?

The 2014 Crikeys: Ludlam top in a year of duds

With the government badly faltering, its best performers have come from outside domestic policy, while one non-major party politician combined mongrel with policy skill.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Mayne: Packer backed Andrews — now how about a new Crown hotel?

James Packer gave his support to Daniel Andrews during the election campaign, and now it seems it’s time to pay the piper.

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POLITICS | 2

What Guy Rundle doesn’t get about native title

Warren Mundine’s speech just might be a rare invitation to grapple with important complexities, but Guy Rundle, in rushing to condemn it, has lost some important points along the way. Macquarie University Anthropology lecturer Eve Vincent explains.

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BEN SANDILANDS | POLITICS | 17 UNLOCK?

Malaysian conspiracy to cover up the truth of MH370

Crikey asked Plane Talker Ben Sandilands to explain the loss of MH370 in as few words as possible in a year end review

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: could the Greens be coming for Turnbull?

The Greens’ electoral success in Prahran was due to a number of demographic factors, with the seat an interesting mixture of hip young things and old money. Sounds like a certain federal Sydney seat we know …

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POLITICS | 34

Australia’s piddling Climate Fund pledge leaves sour taste in Lima

Julie Bishop’s Climate Fund turnaround might have stopped our international reputation from hitting rock bottom, but it’ll take a lot more to dig Australia out of this hole, writes University of Melbourne political science chairperson Professor Robyn Eckersley.

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PADDY MANNING | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Junkets and favours: how the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce makes friends

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce is working hard to impress Australian business community, but there is another side of the story not being told.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Newman in the fight of his political life, with Abbott a major liability

Labor won’t have the votes to unseat the LNP at next year’s Queensland election, but it might be able to turf Campbell Newman out of his own seat.

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POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

The two words in climate talks that could change everything

Who knew two little words could make such a difference? Lawyer and freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports from Lima on the little words that could have a big impact on climate talks henceforth.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 104 UNLOCK?

Credlin is not the problem, Abbott and his ministers are

Responsibility for the government’s woes rests not with the PM’s chief of staff but with ministers, from the PM down, who have failed to explain themselves to voters.

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POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

‘The Christians had nothing’: refugees, safe but weary, prepare for a Christmas far from home

Jordanian churches have become the temporary home of thousands of refugees from Iraq. Journalist Nigel O’Connor talks to them in Amman and finds that although conditions are harsh, they feel lucky to be alive.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 23 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Warren Mundine’s individual treaty idea a confused farrago

Mundine wants to dissolve collective Aboriginal identity altogether and have Aboriginal people claim their second citizenship as that of a specific nation. This is a terrible idea.

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A fairer way to increase co-payments

The government’s “optional” GP co-payment will hurt those who need it most, writes Dr Ruth Kearon, former adviser to Nicola Roxon and a current board member of Family Planning Tasmania.

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POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Party time: will Xenophon be able to launch a national brand?

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has announced plans to form his own political party. But will his popularity in South Australia translate to a national party? Freelance journalist Casey Briggs reports from South Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Faulkner’s retirement a loss across many fronts

Labor Senator John Faulkner’s retirement marks the end of an era in Australian politics.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 25 UNLOCK?

Rundle: if Morrison rolls Abbott, the Greens could end up stronger than ever

The Labor Party seems fresh out of ideas. And the Greens are more than happy to eat Labor’s lunch.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 11

Rundle: Pyne’s trip to whine country won’t help Libs win South Australia

Pyne’s desperate letters of support for ABC’s Adelaide production studio are completely detached from reality — not that we should take them at face value.

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