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‘Burqa’ debacle shows Abbott lacks Howard’s political smarts

The government’s stumbles over the “burqa” issue reflect a lack of political intuition that enabled John Howard to deftly exploit social issues.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: the privileged and the bigoted

Abbott’s brought back knighthoods, which is apt given he has a very mediaeval attitude towards the climate, asylum seekers and education.

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Bishop a distraction for a government that needs clear air

Bronwyn Bishop isn’t much worse than some Speakers of the modern era. But she’s becoming a distraction for the government.

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When governments drape a flag over their secrets, we need whistleblowers

The Coalition government is the most secretive of the modern era — except when it’s in its interests to share information. In that environment, we need whistleblowers more than ever.

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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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iSentia index: the Coalition settles in

Tony Abbott bounces back to a more prime ministerial lead in the media mentions numbers this week, up 50% from last week’s hide and seek effort.

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iSentia index: Kevin who? Albo, Shorten in media spotlight now

Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten got almost as much press as Tony Abbott this week, as the media is not finished with ALP leadership speculation.

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Royal commission the change Australia needs

Crikey readers talk women in cabinet, the royal commission into child sex abuse and why everyone thinks the Coalition is better at managing the economy.

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Libs will face off with Nats over optional preferential voting

Some Liberals may want optional preferential voting to freeze out Labor and the Greens, but history shows the National Party will again stand in the way. It can’t do without it.

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‘God bless you Alan’: Jones’ listeners speak out on 2GB

The Parrot’s fans on squawkback radio, it seems, remain firmly on the perch with him. Crikey listens in to see how the faithful react.

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Latham’s Henderson Watch: liberal with the truth

A man who regards himself as Australia’s leading authority on the Liberal Party does not even know the name of the current Liberal leader’s electorate, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

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Premature self congratulation? And Hu’s coming to dinner

Premature self congratulation? Given the spate of bad headlines Labor had been getting it was natural enough for Treasurer Wayne Swan to express his pleasure at the gross domestic product figures yesterday showing that the economy is growing again. Pronouncing that the return to growth showed the economy was in good shape. Adding that the […]

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

What WAS Bronwyn Bishop smoking?

The tobacco industry is unlike any other donor as its products kill people – but this has not stopped all parties from accepting their generous donations. And it didn’t stop Bronwyn Bishop harassing witnesses at a Joint Standing Committee inquiry last week, writes Anne Jones.

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National Times | FEDERAL|

Marr: Question Time — waste of time

Animal sounds by pollies braying for blood, hypocrites fighting hypocrites, pouring over their BlackBerrys with no respect for their peers: Question Time is a farce, writes David Marr.

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ABC Unleashed | FEDERAL|

I tweet and I vote

Yes, this year’s federal election will be the election that Twitter rules, but will it actually affect any of the votes? Social media is far more effective at mobilising already existing supporters, writes Scott Bridges.

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The Balloon King and the Tiny Fairy

A cautionary tale…

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The Sydney Morning Herald | JOURNALISM|

Crabb: The fine art of taking the piss out of pollies

From the cult of “Kevinism” to “People Skills” Abbott, Annabel Crabb explains why making a mockery of our over-inflated politicians with clever political satire is critical to a healthy democracy — both for the players and observers.

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The Punch | FEDERAL|

Bronwyn Bishop: The Copenhagen fairy tale with no happy ending

The Hans Christian Anderson classic, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, is a nice allegory for the Copenhagen climate summit. Who’s going to mention that the Copenhagen Accord is spun from lies? asks Bronwyn Bishop.

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The Best Political Haircuts of 2009

Crikey presents its list of the top 10 political haircuts for 2009. From rangas to sharp bobs and salt and pepper sexy, take your pick of the best, says Luke Williams.

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The fantasy that is an Abbott-led government

Tony Abbott’s media cheer squad are making encouraging noises, but even they seem to have their doubts about his leadership. Words such as “desperate” and “last hope” have been replaced by “high risk”.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Who’s sitting on Abbott’s new front bench?

Tony Abbott is set to announce his new shadow cabinet today, with conservatives Bronwyn Bishop, Sophie Mirabella and Barnaby Joyce in, and moderates like Sharman Stone out. Who else made the cut?

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ABC | FEDERAL|

Crabb: Can the jock beat the nerd?

It’s a classic school yard politics up in Canberra at the moment, writes Annabel Crabb, with head jock Tony Abbott now Opposition leader and wanting the geek’s job of school captain.

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All the ladies in the House

Decorative graphs that you can make at home! Collect all four.

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Harry Jenkins, Speaker of the House

It is morning…

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Tuckey and co: nine MPs Malcolm Turnbull should remainder

Presenting Crikey’s authoritative guide to conservative dead wood. Compiled by Bernard Keane.

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