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From Diaz’s stop-the-boats plan to ‘shit happens’, pollies’ on-air gaffes

Following Clive Palmer’s dramatic 7.30 walk-out, Crikey intern Paul Millar finds eight recent moments in political on-air infamy.

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Press gallery party time — and Shorten got the laughs

It’s Mid-Winter Ball time in federal Parliament — so who was hot, who was not, and who drank the most red wine?

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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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Essential: Abbott plummets in voter esteem, and who influences parties?

Voters’ view of Tony Abbott has fallen alarmingly over the last month, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Bill Shorten’s magic pudding

Crikey readers talk the budget reply, what schools could do with their $245 million for chaplains, and whether medical necessities could be made cheaper.

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Labor needs to lock in voter perceptions of the government now

The government’s post-budget performance has been as poor as its pre-budget one, but Labor must frame the political narrative now, because life will get easier for the government.

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Essential: Shorten takes the lead, and who should pay more tax?

Bill Shorten has taken a narrow lead as preferred PM, today’s Essential Report shows, as Tony Abbott falls deep into negative approval territory.

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Faulkner’s retirement shows NSW Labor has learnt nothing

NSW Labor’s indecent hurry to preselected senate candidates for the 2016 election shows how little its powerbrokers have learnt from ICAC and the WA debacle.

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Essential: women love the royals, no to jet fighters, Lib slide continues

Support for a republic has crashed in the wake of the royal visit, while the Coalition’s vote continues to fall, Essential Report reveals today.

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iSentia index: WA Senate and ICAC get people talking

The ICAC hearing and WA Senate do-over kept party leaders at the forefront of political discussion across the country.

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Essential: over-55s climate deniers, everyone hates Direct Action

Climate denialism is very closely linked to age, new polling from Essential Research finds. But support for the federal government’s “Direct Action” plan is minimal across the board.

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Essential: strong opposition to offshoring of Qantas

Voters are deeply hostile to offshoring of Qantas jobs, while Bill Shorten continues to creep up on Tony Abbott, new polling from Essential Research reveals.

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Media briefs: ANZ news … Sat papers … HuffPo Korea …

The Huffington Post is launching Korea, which is one step closer to a planned Australian launch. Plus fun with Photoshop at The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech might be the high point of the year

Tony Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech was one of the best of recent times, but he will have nowhere to hide if results do not improve.

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Essential: voters divided over which industries to assist

Voters are all for industry assistance, this week’s Essential Report finds, but which industries should be assisted depends on which way you vote.

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Surprise attack: Coalition unleashes $130b hit on retirement incomes

The Coalition is looking to destroy the Future of Financial Advice reforms that would have ended gouging and conflicts of interest in the financial planning industry — and it will be a massive cost to consumers.

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Labor’s frontbench, too, is a mostly private-school affair

With education reforms given an unclear future, the spotlight has been on Tony Abbott’s private school-dominated cabinet. But a Crikey survey by Dylan Barber finds that the Labor shadow ministry isn’t the bastion of public-school alumni you might think.

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iSentia index: three PMs, two governments keep people talking

Tony Abbott has fought off his two Labor leadership counterparts to take out the dubious honour of most talked-about politician in 2013. See who else made the list …

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Con-ski: Coalition lied on education reform

The awful policy and politics of Christopher Pyne’s Gonski reversal demonstrate the Coalition’s inept approach to education.

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Tips and rumours

Sir Howard … whale watching for Sri Lankan boats? … Whovians in Parliament …

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Breaking the silence on abortion and unplanned pregnancy

Despite being unlawful in most states and territories, abortions are common and a fact of life for many women, writes Jane Caro.

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Week in review: Coalition gets a taste of its own medicine

A “kinder, gentler polity” was nowhere in sight during the first week of Parliament under the Abbott government.

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Essential: and the winner is … Joe Hockey

Tony Abbott’s approval rating is heading backwards on his first sitting day as Prime Minister.

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Crikey‘s fantasy question time: what you’d ask

The clock is ticking down to the first question time of the Abbott government, on Wednesday at 2pm. Crikey readers submit their best questions for Bill Shorten to use in the chamber.

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Tips and rumours

Tourism Australia has Halloween knees-up, but who paid? … Paul Keating opens up to ABC … Crikey’s fantasy question time …

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