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Coalition on track to double Labor’s debt and deficit

Remember the “fiscally responsible” Liberal Party? Turns out it has been on something of a borrowing spree, due to double Labor’s debt by the end of 2015, writes freelance journalist Alan Austin.

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Pyne’s curriculum review should have learnt from history

Christopher Pyne’s education review was rushed, partisan and now seemingly doomed. Adjunct professor Tony Taylor at the University of Technology Sydney says it didn’t have to be this way.

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The battle for Beijing could destabilise Canberra

Next August the government will choose a new ambassador to China. But with numerous forces competing for what could be the first political appointment, Abbott might not be the prime minister to send the newbie to Beijing.

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So much for ‘no more debt and deficit’

The Coalition, long thought of as conservative guardians of the economy, have quietly amassed a staggering amount of debt. Freelance journalist Alan Austin reports.

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The London banker from the scandal-plagued firm to head Treasury

John Fraser — reportedly Australia’s next Treasury secretary — is an experienced economist both in the public and private sectors. But he almost quit his scandal-plagued bank.

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Gillard’s marriage stance

Crikey readers have their say about the ABC, Gillard’s views on marriage and Abbott’s attempts at dog-whistling.

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Poll Bludger: Coalition hopes we’ll keep mentioning the war

Voters are responding favourably to tough talk on Iraq and Australia’s foreign policy agenda. But sooner or later those pesky domestic issues will come back …

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Australian action on climate change? Fuhgeddaboudit

Many countries displayed real leadership at the UN climate summit in New York this week. Guess which First World nation was not among them … John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute, reports from New York.

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iSentia index: everyone’s talking terror

Jacqui Lambie is punching well above her weight in media mentions, and the nation’s media talks terrorism.

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Poll Bludger: war is good business for the Greens

As Labor falls in line with the Coalition on Iraq, the Greens pick up support among doves.

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‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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Crikey Clarifier: what exactly is a high terror alert?

On Friday Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the terror threat level to “high”, suggesting a terrorist attack is “likely”. Should we all be at panic stations? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos explains.

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Poll Bludger: Abbott’s dismal poll performance the worst since Whitlam

There has not been much of a honeymoon period for the Abbott government, with approval for the government and for Abbott dismally low.

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Poll Bludger: why the Coalition can afford to throw SA under the submarine

Will abandoning its promise to build new submarines in South Australia hurt the Coalition’s chances in that state? Probably — but does it need SA to win at the next election anyway?

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The sinister, bizarre truth of Brickworks and the Liberals

The latest ICAC findings show how Tony Abbott used business representatives to assist in an elaborate lie to scare the Australian people into voting for him.

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The report cards are in — how our PM stacks up one year on

Media commentators have all filed their report cards for the Abbott government’s first year in office. The different reports share some striking similarities, writes Crikey’s intern Andrei Ghoukassian.

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Rundle: we have to change the system — or Palmer will be our next kingmaker

There is a dirty little secret about Australia’s democracy: it is not, in fact, democratic.

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Poll Bludger: the pollster skewing towards the Coalition is not what you think

Everyone knows News Corp’s Newspoll is biased toward the Coalition, right? It’s a bit more complicated than that.

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Rundle: shock, horror! Politicians did some actual politics

Crossbenchers have made a deal with the government to pass its legislation in return for current or future benefits. That’s what’s called politics — so why is everyone losing their damn minds?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Abbott govt helping at least one area of the arts

The Abbott government has promised to “cut red tape”, and while most of its decisions have been ludicrous, one stands out as actual good policy …

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Rundle: the real target in Iraq intervention is not IS, but Iran

When it comes to the Islamic State, media and politicians are currently engaging in a competition to out-sententious each other. As always, the bluster and rhetoric hide more grievous atrocities and some harsh geopolitical realities.

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Hawks turn dovish on upcoming Iraq invasion

Plenty of usually right-wing commentators seem to have taken a jump to the Left on the issue of whether Australia should commit troops to Iraq this time around. Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian gets the lay of the land.

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How the coal industry hoodwinked us all into higher electricity prices

The dirty coal industry has won a victory over renewables with the recommendations of the RET review panel to neuter the target. The losers will be consumers — and the earth.

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What’s Team Australia’s strategy?

Crikey readers talk the Abbott government and the Murdoch press.

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The Oz’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

The Australian’s editorials have mused about leaving the Press Council, but News Corp can’t officially do so without four years’ notice. It could, however, gut the watchdog by undermining its authority. And that may well be the strategy …

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