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Abbott’s reaction to Forgotten Children report straight from Howard playbook

The government has responded to the AHRC report into children in immigration detention much as you might expect from Howard’s 1997 Coalition, writes freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA|

Should the census be conducted every 10 years?

There’s a reasonable argument for moving to a 10-year census cycle but not next year and not because of current financial problems. This is an important decision; it needs to be analysed carefully and debated thoroughly.

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Tony Abbott’s terrible government is YOUR fault

Abbott’s campaign for government was always a Trojan horse packed with policies to resuscitate the old culture wars and economic austerity. And we, the Australian people, voted for him. An angry Aussie expat explains.

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Vultures circle Joe as he lashes out at Treasury

Joe Hockey is struggling to keep his job and is clinging to a budget now abandoned even by his leader.

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Echo chamber: where have all the MPs gone?

The House of Reps and Senate are usually nearly empty during parliamentary debate. So what do our elected representatives do all day? Former Greens staffer Colin Jacobs gives a sneak peek.

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The cheap, easy way Abbott can win votes — and maybe save the planet

There’s a very easy way for Abbott to get a substantial part of the electorate back on side …

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Coalition sneakily trying to reinstate WorkChoices

Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Now we’re just left with the wolf, writes Emeline Gaske, associate in the employment and industrial practice at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

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Remember Labor’s ‘skyrocketing debt’? The Coalition’s is much worse

The “grown-ups” of the Abbott government were big on rhetoric but not so big on delivery when it came to reducing the debt. Freelance journalist Alan Austin runs the numbers.

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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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A politically motivated campaign against Gillian Triggs?

Is The Australian out to get the Human Rights Commission’s president because she’s about to embarrass the government? The Oz ‘s editor doesn’t think so, report Mahalia Dobson and Myriam Robin.

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Workplace deaths: Abbott punts a macabre political football

As Abbott moves to decrease “red tape” in the mining and construction industries, has this increased workplace deaths? Freelance journalist Alan Austin explains.

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Bushfires, health and climate change — a doctor’s view from the SA fires

The Abbott government’s blind denial of climate change leaves Australia unprepared to cope with the increasing costs of natural disasters, writes honorary secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia Dr David Shearman.

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25 years on, Hawke’s climate change crisis still ignored by Australian govt

The problem was there 25 years ago, but Australia still lags behind the rest of the world in the struggle against climate change.

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Keane’s year in review: the gap between reason and democracy, and how we fell in

There’s a gap between rational policy and what we get in a democracy. And this year the gap grew so wide we all fell in.

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Poll Bludger: it ain’t over yet for Abbott

Previous governments have recovered from polls as bad as Abbott’s.

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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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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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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

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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Abbott shifts toxic co-payment proposal onto doctors

The government has tried to extract itself from its GP co-payment mess by dumping responsibility for it onto doctors.

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Surprise! Fact-checking Abbott’s pre-election promises

Tony Abbott famously promised there would be “no surprises” in his new government. Freelance journalist Hari Raj goes back to the Coalition’s pre-election policy document and finds a couple of, well, surprises.

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Tony Abbott’s big MH370 problem: is the Malaysian government lying?

The question that has been increasingly heard as the months pass is: who or what is the Malaysia government protecting?

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Myanmar’s reform process is two steps forward, one back

Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be out of house arrest, but change is still moving slowly in Myanmar.

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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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Abbott’s ambitious China free trade agreement a decade in the making

If the Abbott government manages to secure a free trade agreement with China, it will be quite the diplomatic victory, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

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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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