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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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Why 18C was the policy retreat the Coalition had to have

The Coalition’s constituency is becoming more ethnically diverse, and it turns out many of its constituents don’t want the right to be bigots.

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Essential: Hockey losing his mojo, voters unimpressed with job-seeker requirements

Latest Essential Report shows a reversal of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s standing, with 44% of voters disapproving of his performance compared to a 45% approval rating last November.

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Poll Bludger: MH17 lifts Abbott’s numbers, but votes another story

The latest polls show an improvement in Tony Abbott’s personal ratings but don’t hide the fact that he is still deep in the doldrums despite his post-MH17 performance.

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Applying for 40 jobs? There’ll be an AppApp for that

The government’s scheme to force job-seekers to send 40 applications a month will definitely increase employment — among entrepreneurial app developers.

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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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