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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: screw you all edition

Let’s tackle the real bludgers in our society — pensioners, young people trying to get an education and asylum seekers. Screw ‘em!

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Don’t touch that dial

Crikey readers talk AM radio and how Abbott’s climate change policy has made him a worldwide laughingstock.

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IPCC puts more heat on Abbott’s anti-science climate policies

The IPCC says action on climate change is urgent but affordable. The Abbott government says it will “wait and see”, all the while dismantling the mechanisms that could achieve higher targets.

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More spin won’t help the climate

Crikey readers talk climate change (and how to sell it) and Abbott’s commitment to free-trade agreements.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: the privileged and the bigoted

Abbott’s brought back knighthoods, which is apt given he has a very mediaeval attitude towards the climate, asylum seekers and education.

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Saville’s Shout: Tony’s surprise … a trip to KL? …

After promising to be the “no-surprises” government, boy, did Tony Abbott get us good. Plus what the search for MH370 has done to Malaysia’s economy (nothing good) and an excellent street art exhibition.

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Jousting on knighthoods

Crikey readers talk knighthoods, how to fund public transport and what should be done with section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Direct Action subsidies: wrong way, Abbott, go back

Nothing has happened since the election to challenge the view that the Coalition’s Direct Action plan for carbon reduction is vastly inferior to carbon pricing, write economists Frank Jotzo and Paul Burk at Inside Story.

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March in March shows our opposition

Crikey readers talk the March in March, cutting red tape and why Abbott is a Prime Minister for Victorian times.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: missing MH370 … pollie pride … March in March …

Remember Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech? Here is a version set to music that will bring tears to your eyes. Plus: are things ever going to get better?

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Media feeding frenzy? The mergers — or not — from regulatory change

In the past, relaxation of media ownership regulations has led to a flurry of deals. However, the current dismal market could dissuade the major players from snapping up the competition.

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Wilkie: Gillard’s backroom deal — and how she betrayed me

Julia Gillard came to the member for Denison with a curious proposal. Federal MP Andrew Wilkie is now spilling the beans on the secret deal — and why he ultimately tore up an agreement once she stabbed him in the back.

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Policy uncertainty drives renewable energy investors overseas

Australia is missing out on hundreds of billions of dollars in renewable energy markets as investors are driven offshore by the policy uncertainty of the Abbott government.

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Qantas’ financials up in the air as govt help flies out the window

Qantas says it is in a strong financial position, but a look through its half-yearly results paints a murkier picture. Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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Ageing Abbott appointees

Crikey readers talk old men and the joys of lambrusco.

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Cabinet confidential: the dangerous precedent in Abbott’s batts probe

There’s good reason why cabinet documents are kept under wraps. Releasing them to a royal commission is a dangerous precedent, writes governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos.

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Our very own Colonel Blimp

Crikey readers have their say about Immigration Scott Morrison and whether you should send your child to private school.

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Our new refugee ‘dumping ground’: what Cambodia thinks of the request

Australia now wants to send asylum seekers to Cambodia. Kevin Ponniah, a freelance journalist in Phnom Penh, reports while the government is conducive there are many questioning the fairness.

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Abbott government wants nothing to do with us plebs

Crikey readers have their say on the Immigration Department’s asylum seeker privacy breach, the truth about green spin and Anzac Day.

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Media briefs: Guardian to Melb … ABC cuts… Tele ads …

The Guardian is opening a Melbourne office, making editors around the Victorian capital nervous. Plus Crikey’s White Night coverage and other media tidbits of the day.

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Abbott’s clean-tech investment? Grants dribbled out again

The Abbott government has quietly revived grants under the previous government’s Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program, including one grant to Rheem which will be used to close two factories.

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In the race to be brutal, you have to finish the job

Australia’s policy of brutality towards asylum seekers isn’t foolproof, as the deadly Manus Island protest revealed. Pitched into the Pacific solution by Labor, the government now has to own it.

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What Dick might do: the seven disasters that could befall the RET

Cancelling the Renewable Energy Target altogether, scrapping remaining solar credits, capping wind — all are at stake in the federal government’s review that has the energy sector nervous.

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Sceptical review: clean energy finding no friends in high places

The renewable energy sector has talked tough on the government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, but in reality the industry is in very deep trouble. Dick Warburton seems certain to scale it back.

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The tough life of Australian companies under the carbon price

Australian companies are doing very nicely, thank you, despite the apparent burden of a carbon price. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer find that the alarmism surrounding the carbon tax is rubbish.

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