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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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Rundle: the government’s Escherian spiral to nowhere

Are the adults really in charge? Not even the Coalition knows.

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Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal

The Abbott government was close to negotiating a free trade agreement with China. That is, until Clive Palmer got involved.

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Rundle: Tony Abbott, Australia’s most powerful sycophant

Many voted for Abbott because they believed him to be a hard-headed warrior, but the reality has turned out to be different to the myth.

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With friends like these, the RET never stood a chance

Those charged with “reviewing” the Renewable Energy Target were actually told to look at killing it.

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Poll Bludger: calm down, Murdoch conspiracy theorists

Yes, Newspoll has recorded a fall in popularity for Labor. But don’t be too quick to blame Rupert Murdoch — the numbers tell a clearer story if you look a bit more closely.

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Kite flying with Dick Warburton: junk economics to push a barrow

The government has commissioned Dick Warburton to conduct an independent review of the Renewable Energy Target. But “independent” might be something of a stretch …

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Rundle: Hockey’s suicide machine successfully alienates every single voter

Poor people with cars are the latest segment of the voting population to be attacked from on high by the Coalition. How is the party getting so repeatedly wrong?

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How journalists (except Guy Rundle) make a hash of science reporting

Crikey readers are full of praise for Guy Rundle.

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Stop whining and focus on fairness: a letter to Joe Hockey

If Joe Hockey wants to make his life a little easier, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer can offer some tips.

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