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Abbott’s gifts to the IPA: part 3

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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How Abbott rewards the IPA: part 2

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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What Abbott has delivered (or promised) to his IPA mates

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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‘PM for Aboriginal Affairs’ slashes millions from indigenous programs

The Aboriginal Legal Service is among the organisations bracing for significant funding cuts.

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Assad’s mass surveillance scheme didn’t work, and neither will Abbott’s

Syria’s attempt to spy on its citizens did nothing to stop terrorism, and neither will Australia’s, writes Reem Sweid a Syrian-Australian social policy researcher.

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Rundle: one cheer for Clive, unlikely saviour of the Left

It was Clive Palmer who stopped the government passing its disastrous budget, so stop dancing on his political grave.

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Thanks for the shout-out, Bolt, but you’re wrong again

Andrew Bolt has mentioned ambulance volunteer Rachelle Irving’s Crikey story on witnessing remote Aboriginal communities first hand. But of course, he has missed the point entirely.

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The enemy of my enemy? Beware of cherrypicking Islamic sects

Western governments have long tried to fight terrorism by supporting opposing sectarian Islamic groups. But this is not necessarily the way forward.

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The proud history of Abbott government backflips

The Abbott government has decided it’s going to give a handout to the car industry after all. Crikey takes a look back at some previous broken promises from a government with a very flexible spine.

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Hockey reveals a gallery of budget grotesques

The government’s intergeneration report claims Australia is heading for big economic trouble. But good news! Disaster can be averted if those pesky crossbenchers pass every piece of Coalition legislation.

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Baird backed the wrong horse, but will it cost him NSW?

NSW Premier Mike Baird has bet it all on privatisation. Unfortunately for him, voters seem to hate it.

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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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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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