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National Times | FEDERAL|

Our lame, uncool leaders

The US gets sexy, smooth Barack Obama, Australia gets nerdy, dad joke loving Rudd. We’re lacking in political cool and not even a bonafide rock star for a MP can make up for it, says Kane Loxley.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

So You Think You Can Be PM

Question time may be full of fireworks, but most politicians these days are a fizzle. We need to jazz up the political experience and attract politicians who are willing to try crazy, creative ideas, writes Oliver Marc Hartwich.

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The Piping Shrike | FEDERAL|

The Aussie year in politics: all the #spills and thrills

From Malcolm Turnbull’s reckless interview with Laurie Oakes, to Nick Minchin mouthing off over climate change sceptics, The Piping Shrike puts together the best Aussie politics moments of ‘09.

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The Punch | FEDERAL|

MPs Pimp Their Ride: Gas guzzling, go gas guzzling

Our MPs may love the climate change talk, but when it comes to cars there is very little green action, with the majority of MPs driving fuel guzzling, rev head six or eight cylinder cars. And they are HUGE Ford Territory fans…

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Online Opinion | FEDERAL|

Political twits no win for democracy

So you read KRudd’s tweets and watch his YouTube vids. Unfortunately, social media isn’t improving our political knowledge or changing our political opinions, writes Greg Barns.

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Howard turns 70: age shall not weary him

The idea that a person is too old for political leadership at 70 is relatively recent, and is still unknown in many parts of the world.

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Liberals turn to a four-time board loser

The Liberal Party’s email update this morning trumpeted the appointment of former Victorian Treasurer Alan Stockdale as the new Federal President, writes Stephen Mayne.

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Web 2.0 pollies: no polls, just popularity

Last week was a busy one for the IT staff working for the Labor and Liberal parties. Last Tuesday’s launch of “Kevin 07” had only just left the headlines before the PM went to YouTube to appeal to 18-24 year olds to consider spending their gap year working for the ADF.

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Things I learned about politics on MySpace

Finally, Australian politics has entered the future: MySpace. So what can the young folk learn so far? Knowledge is a powerful tool. So it would seem are a few politicians, writes Jane Nethercote.

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