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Can the AFP really help in Ukraine?

Abbott wants to send the cops into war-torn Ukraine. Is this a wise move? Andrew Goldsmith, strategic professor of criminology and Grant Niemann, senior lecturer in law, explain.

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Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?

Tony Abbott has claimed that before he “stopped the boats”, they were coming in at a rate of 50,000 a year. Is that true? David Tittensor, a research fellow to the UNESCO Chair, with Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, checks the claim.

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Poll Bludger: Palmer riding high as Abbott continues to dive

Latest polls show Labor well ahead while growing support emerges for Palmer United.

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Rundle: Clive runs riot as Abbott holds his breath

This was meant to be the Abbott government’s fortnight of triumph, repealing carbon tax and mining tax hand-in-hand with the newbie senators. But Palmer had other ideas …

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Don’t blame the Senate — or the crossbench — for Australia’s political malaise: Xenophon

The new crossbench shows Australians’ distaste with the two major parties, writes independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

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Essential: approval rises for asylum seeker policy

More than a third of Australians think the government is taking the right approach to asylum seekers, according to the latest Essential data. This is a record high — and 20% of Coalition voters still say asylum seeker policy is too soft.

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Poll Bludger: meet the senators who hold the balance of power

Tony Abbott will have to woo the Palmer United senators and a few more to get any of his legislation passed. Let’s look at the new senators who will be standing in the way of an Abbott agenda.

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Abbott scares off Canadian conservatives

Crikey readers talk Santo Santoro, Canadian conservatives’ loss and religion in schools.

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Infographic: the new Senate

Can Labor block legislation without the Greens? Will the Abbott government be able to get its budget passed without the Motoring Enthusiasts? And how much power does Palmer really have? Crikey intern Jake Stevens looks at the numbers.

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It’s time to grit our teeth and face fiscal reality

This government blames all of its unpopular budget cuts on the spending of the previous government, and no doubt the next government will do the same. But Stephen Bartos, ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert, says the real problem is that time is not on our side.

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Essential: Labor leader’s odds Shorten as Abbott falls further behind

Women have warmed to Labor’s Bill Shorten, a new Essential poll shows, as the Coalition continues its post-budget slump. And Australians don’t like drones.

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Environmental protection not a luxury good

Crikey readers talk why Abbott must act now on climate change.

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What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

The ABC is under threat, with the cuts announced in the budget likely to be the tip of the iceberg. ABC journalist and public broadcasting advocate Quentin Dempster warns Coalition MPs to be careful what they wish for: a Murdoch monopoly won’t be all they hoped.

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Truth and lies: what young people think about politicians

Is it acceptable that politicians lie? Is there a difference between a lie and a broken promise? Keen to find out what young people think, secondary school teacher Chris Fotinopoulos talked to his students.

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Offshore detention makes no economic sense

Crikey readers talk the enormous cost of offshore detention, unemployment benefits and lack of whistleblower protection.

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The boats have stopped

Crikey readers discuss the issues of the day.

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MIA: one Communications Minister

Crikey readers talk the Liberals’ economic policy, who should own our media, and where in the world Malcolm Turnbull might be.

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Nicht nachmachen! Lessons in Germany’s failed GP co-pay

Germany recently scrapped a GP co-pay similar to the one being brought in by the Australian government. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson asks: will Australia’s work out any better?

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Privatising ASIC register would be a blow to transparency — and victims

Charging fees to search the ASIC register is outrageous enough. Privatising the register, which would lead to higher costs, would be worse still.

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Egos in politics costing future Australians

Crikey readers talk budget legislation and why we should continue to tax earnings in retirement.

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The ‘up yours’ budget

Crikey readers talk the losers of this year’s budget and pensions for military veterans.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s the mechanism for hiking the GST?

Tony Abbott has goaded state governments into lobbying for hiking the GST. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson looks at the mechanisms for change.

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Why we should continue to tax earnings into retirement

Everyone knows the current superannuation system is unsustainable. But there is a solution, according to a senior superannuation industry lobbyist.

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Labor lacks passion, but Liberals are liars

Crikey readers talk the budget, what the Labor Party stands for, and the problem with increasing the GST.

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GP co-pay ill-considered

Crikey readers talk the losers in the budget, why the ABC is a thorn in the government’s side, and why the GP co-pay will never work.

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