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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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Would uranium sales to India breach a key Labor treaty?

Uranium sales to India may be in breach of a key international treaty established by the Hawke government in 1985, according to one of Australia’s most eminent international lawyers.

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Julia undeserving of At Home with … and so are we

Once I watched At Home with Julia, my discomfort flourished, bloomed and became generally exponential, writes author and editor Sophie Cunningham.

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The not always rewarding history of defamation and political leaders

My own experience in this and other defamation matters perhaps gives me a different perspective to many people on the balance there should be between critical commentary and reporting on political matters.

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Manufacturing … there’s nothing left to cut

As much as people didn’t want to lose jobs, most could see that the manufacturing jig was up.

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Time for Gillard to put away funny hats, fluoro vests

What do you do when your tactics are completely failing and defeat is looming?

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It was 20 years ago today — remembering the Soviet coup

The fall of the Berlin Wall is probably the thing people remember most, but the Soviet empire, truncated and divided, limped on for another two years. It was the August coup, 20 years ago today, that really finished it off.

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Gillard’s extraordinary ordinary
Australians

There was a great deal we’d heard before in last week’s Whitlam Institute much-debated speech by the Prime Minister. In fact, we’ve been in this grimly Spartan territory on several previous occasions.

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The holy trinity of Hawke/Keating/Howard

Did the holy trinity of Hawke/Keating/Howard do it differently?

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How does Gillard the Oz day orator stack up with former PMs?

How did Julia Gillard’s Australia Day speech stack up with those of her predecessors? Crikey spoke with Joel Deane, a poet, novelist and former chief speechwriter for Premiers Steve Bracks and John Brumby.

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Crikey says: Voters recognise that China is the main game

Australians, it seems, are well aware that their governments must operate in a far more multi-polar world than in previous decades.

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That other former Labor leader…

He’s feisty, he’s a pugilist, a former Labor leader and he lives, mainly, in his own political past. The most exciting ex-leader in Australia is Paul Keating, and he’s at it again today.

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How to swear in politics

Deprived of the outrageous gaffes and old-fashioned biffo from this fizzer of an election season, we’re romanticising the days of feistier Hawke and Keating who often lashed their abusive tongues, writes Piers Kelly.

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In Penrith, Bob aside, who cares?

The marginal seat of Lindsay, in Sydney’s outer-west, is crucial to Labor’s chances of seeing off a resurgent Liberal Party. Bernard Keane hit the hustings with Bob Hawke.

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MacKerras: winter, winner … a trifecta for Labor’s cold snap election

If Gillard gets the sort of win I am now predicting for her, then there will be a new Mackerras law of electoral history, says Malcolm MacKerras.

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Hawke reveals the shocking truth — the ’80s were all about the B1/B2 affair

Once you could work out the plot, the Hawke telemovie was a revelation — the Hawke-Keating years were really about Bob and Blanche. Bernard Keane tried unsuccessfully to follow the drama.

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When old men fall out: Hawke and Keating can both feel proud

There’s something awfully sad about old men like Bob Hawke and Paul Keating fall out in a public fashion. Especially when both have so much to be proud of, writes former Labor operative Richard Farmer.

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Keating: Hawke was lucky to have me

Former PM Paul Keating gives his predecessor a serve ahead of the release of Blanche D’Alpuget’s new biography, likening Hawke to Narcissus and claiming that he “carried” the PM through his troubled years. Ouch!

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The Hawkeites assemble to help Blanche pick at the warts

It’s been 14 years since we have had a PM who could really deliver a speech, and it was fitting that the nation’s greatest speechwriter, Graham Freudenberg, was in the audience last night to hear Julia Gillard speak about Bob Hawke.

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