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iSentia index: terrorism, asylum seekers and George Clooney’s wedding

The marriage of the world’s (formerly) most eligible bachelor was light relief in a week of grim news.

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Abbott’s (and Shorten’s) lies lead Australia to a sinister place

The government has based its extensions of national security powers, and its involvement in Iraq, on lies. And they will damage us like the previous Iraq war damaged us.

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Poll Bludger: war is good business for the Greens

As Labor falls in line with the Coalition on Iraq, the Greens pick up support among doves.

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Do we really need submarines?

Crikey readers have their say on the return to Iraq, submarines and a technicality of premiership.

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Shorten puts on the union schtick for ASC workers, but he doesn’t pull it off

Bill Shorten tried to gee up workers at South Australia’s ASC, but it was a few soundbites with little substance, writes InDaily political reporter Tom Richardson.

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Essential: voters disapprove of Iraq venture, and it’s not helping Abbott

Voters narrowly oppose intervention in Iraq, and the focus on security and international matters isn’t helping the Abbott government, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Iraqi ambassador rescues Abbott, Labor says ‘trust us’

The government’s intervention in Iraq has been agreed without the claimed support of Iraq. But Labor is docilely following Abbott.

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Poll Bludger: Labor’s party reform a gift to Newman

Labor’s Queensland branch has become the latest to reform its procedure for choosing party leaders, after last week’s state conference ratified a move to grant a share of the vote to the party membership.

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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 federal budget is a dodgy product, poorly sold

Crikey readers share their thoughts on the budget, News Corp and other issues of the day.

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Bill Shorten and the News Corp method of blackmail

The threat to Bill Shorten from unproven rape allegations may lie as much in them not being used against him as in any media smear campaigns.

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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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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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