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Poll Bludger: Abbott’s dismal poll performance the worst since Whitlam

There has not been much of a honeymoon period for the Abbott government, with approval for the government and for Abbott dismally low.

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Media briefs: Strewthwatch … The Age commutes … Diane Sawyer quits …

Bring back James Jeffrey, part 28. To Strewthwatch now, and how’s our boy Christian doing this week? Not good, not good. The Kerr ratio — actual gossip items to stuff lifted off the meeja — is running 2.5:20 this week — 1:7 on Monday, 1.5:6 on Tuesday, and 0.5:7 on Wednesday. Monday was a police blotter item, Tuesday was Clive Palmer’s […]

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Rundle: Keating conjures a nude Bob Hawke, political midgets at book launch

An opportunistic Paul Keating has used the launch of former Labor cabinet minister Gareth Evans’ new memoir to further his public attack on Bob Hawke’s prime ministership.

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Remember when the Coalition hated Hawke and Keating?

The government has taken great pains to compare current Labor unfavourably with the golden age of Hawke and Keating. But cast your mind back a few decades, and Hawke and Keating were far from Liberal favourites at the time.

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Tips and rumours

Climate change’ scrapped from PM&C … Melbourne Uni budget cuts … which dog looks like Clive Palmer? …

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Rudd’s day of national reconciliation masks a real productivity challenge

While Kevin Rudd strives for a Hawke-like political effect with a call for consensus, the productivity challenge he identified is real.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Who needs the polls? Crikey readers seem pretty good at predicting what they will say. Plus tarot cards for dogs and other political views noted along the way.

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Tips and rumours

Murdoch becomes a hippie … which former PM hang out at the AFL? … Ads on BOM furore …

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Hawke’s spider poem and scary Keating: novel reveals life as an ’80s MP

A former Labor MP from Adelaide has penned a novel about life in Parliament House in the 1980s. Keep an eye out for appearances by Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard …

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The strangely malleable legacy of the Hawke-Keating years

Labor figures who now invoke the Hawke-Keating legacy appear to have forgotten what actually happened back then. And if Labor really wants to embrace the H and K era, here’s what they should do on superannuation …

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Alan Jones’ show irrelevant

Crikey readers have their say on Alan Jones, heckling Bob Hawke and privatisation

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Tips and rumours

Alan Ramsey did not heckle Hawke, says Tingle … casino sacks PR team … yes, you can still send a telegram …

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Tips and rumours

Hawke weaves his old magic at journos’ reunion … new Premier Napthine backs the right horses … are faxes dead? Not at ANZ …

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To cut carbon emissions, we must go nuclear

Crikey readers have their say on carbon, Mark Latham and the new-look Age.

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Does the Labor narrative narrative stand up?

We all complain Labor lacks a narrative. But what if positive narratives are now impossible to effectively communicate? Look overseas and it may well be the case.

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Hockey scores goals in policy-rich question time

Having finally shifted to policy rather than smear campaigns in question time, the Opposition yesterday found unexpected success.

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Solitary Forever, sings Hawkie

At Wednesday night’s ACTU Congress dinner, former prime minister-cum-one-man-cover-band Bob Hawke gave a rousing rendition of Solidarity Forever.

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Wanted: a blind date for Bob Hawke

Platinum-haired ex-PM Bob Hawke is being wheeled out by NSW Labor to help boost its dire membership numbers, writes Tom Cowie.

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Wielding power in Canberra, a how-to

Today Bernard Keane kicks off his series on the nature of power in Canberra, and who wields it, for The Power Index.

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Will there be an interest rate cut?

The expected speculation about an interest rate cut is underway just as my Crikey colleagues predicted it would be.

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Bligh thumped by Hawke in beer skolling comp

I’m out,” says Anna Bligh, after making her way through a piddly third or so of her pot of beer in a skolling competition with Bob Hawke. She is indeed out — along with almost all of her Queensland Labor colleagues.

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Labor’s lingering smell

In the unlikely event that the Labor party manages to unite after all this, the collateral damage from this flare up will have lasting damage.

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The short and the tall of power

Powerful people feel taller than they are. That’s the finding of the latest research from Washington University.

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Reminiscing on Bob Hawke, INXS and 80s Oz rock

At a Melbourne winery soaking up the tunes of post-Hutchence INXS — the band Bob Hawke once credited for putting Australian culture on the world stage — Cam Hassard journeys down the lane of 80s nostalgia.

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Just how do you justify entitlements to ex-politicians?

If a politician’s entitlements annoy a voter, then an ex-politician’s entitlements must annoy a voter more, writes Stephen Bartos, governance expert and director of Sapere Research Group.

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