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Tips and rumours

AFP raids Seven for Corby payoff … La Trobe goes to the bank? … Star subs out of work … wrong Downer Jnr …

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VPNs can’t replace Foxtel

Crikey readers talk Alexander Downer, The Australian’s ludicrous editorial and the reason to get Foxtel.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Presumably federal cabinet has changed its mind about imposing a ban on officeholders in the Coalition parties acting as lobbyists. Either that or Alexander Downer is about to step down …

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Tips and rumours

Tensions get to Liberal staffer? … Greens dare to charge for fundraiser … Alexander Downer circa 1897 …

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SA Libs in turmoil: Redmond walks, Downer out of running

South Australian Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond has finally fallen on her sword. It’s a huge relief to many of her colleagues, writes Kevin Naughton of InDaily.

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‘Anyone but Isobel’: Downer’s comeback might have legs

Could Alexander Downer rescue the SA Liberal Party and defeat Labor at the 2014 election? The odds are firming — but he would have to either do a Newman, or enter Parliament first. InDaily’s Kevin Naughton investigates.

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PNG and civil strife is high on the agenda

The reality away from corporate spin is a simmering conflict.

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Australia Network-ABC headaches have only just begun

How will the Australia Network fit with the ABC charter, and in particular the public broadcaster’s independence from the government of the day?

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Waste-of-space Oz Network bewitches another political generation

The Australia Network is a waste of money, but apparently capable of making politicians lose all reason.

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Australia Network joins the list of tender debacles

The Howard Government managed to let the Australia Network process go unmolested. But Labor ministers couldn’t help themselves.

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The WikiLeaks Australian cable dump: choice picks

Wikileaks’s latest cables offer a particularly revealing insight into the way Alexander Downer and some of his officals conducted themselves when he was Foreign Minister.

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Peter Reith may be the answer, but what’s the question?

If you ever wanted a demonstration of the chaotic nature of the Liberal Party’s factional landscape, the fight for the federal presidency should do it.

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WikiLeaks: US redlined Australia’s Fiji coup sanctions

A weekend WikiLeaks cable has shown that in 2006 the US pressured Australia and New Zealand to “not rush” full sanctions on Fiji’s newly installed dictator Frank Bainimarama’s regime, for fear of undermining the war effort in Iraq, writes Luke Miller.

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Letter from … Nauru — the worst place in the world?

Not many people go to Nauru unless they absolutely have to, writes Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet.

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The Canberra Cables

This will not be end of Kevin Rudd’s starring role in the WikiLeaks Canberra cables, writes Luke Miller.

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The band’s back together for Howard’s last lap

It was fabulous to see Peter Reith emerge yesterday from whatever dark cupboard he’s been hiding in since 2001 to come out and call for a new IR reform agenda. Indeed, the whole band was back together for John Howard’s book launch, says Margot Saville.

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Spectator (UK) | FEDERAL|

Downer: We need to negotiate with the Taliban

Let’s face it: the Taliban is a strong part of the political environment in Afghanistan and therefore we must engage with them to achieve stability. It’s just like how peace only arrived in Northern Ireland once the IRA joined the negotiation process, says former foreign minister Alexander Downer.

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The nature of Prime Ministers

I wonder what John Howard thinks about Alexander Downer’s description of all Prime Ministers past and present?

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Rudd’s Asia-Pacific plan lost at sea?

Kevin Rudd’s vision of a Pacific community has been given a chilly Asian reception. Is it just bad timing or is the issue deeper? Anthony Fensom reports.

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The Downer doctrine is dumb

The government’s decision to publicly criticise Israel for the “abuse and counterfeiting” of Australian passports is not about Israel. It’s about the way civilised governments treat each other.

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New tensions for Australia and Israel

Diplomatic relations between Israel and Australia are under new pressure, with news that three Australian passports were used in the Mossad assassination of a Hamas official. What now for Australia and Israel?

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Adelaide Now | FEDERAL|

Downer: Rudd to be a one-term PM?

Rudd continually stuffed up his green credentials and now the public tide of opinion is turning against him and even Labor insiders agree, writes Alexander Downer.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Milne: Garrett’s killed more than the Iraq War

Peter Garrett is responsible for four deaths, but PM Rudd will protect him out of fear of Tony Abbott. This despite Rudd calling for Alexander Downer’s blood for a lesser incident, recalls Glenn Milne.

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Breakfast Politics | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Danby: Damn it Downer, China is tricky

Recently, ex-foreign minister Alexander Downer blasted the government’s relationship with China, leaving MP Michael Danby none too happy about the criticism. China is more aggressive and friends with the most oppressive nations in the world now. Patronising advice by old timers isn’t needed, says Danby.

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Adelaide Now | SA|

Downer: Stop looking to the government to fix things

Residents need to stop thinking that the State Government can solve their problems, writes Alexander Downer. State governments do not have the resources, therefore it’s up to locals to take action with issues like water.

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