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Abbott and Harper renew a blinkered coalition of denialism

Tony Abbott’s efforts to stymie international action on climate change ignores how central climate change is becoming to economic and security issues.

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For goodness snakes: how decades-old venom could save lives

The discovery of snake venom collected in the 1950s could lead to a new breakthrough. But science writer Stephen Luntz says researchers should start saving their own archives — the government might not.

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Hunt the dud (but we’re wrong on Abbott)

Crikey readers talk the least effective minister in the Abbott government, George Pell and what the hell is wrong with Crikey.

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Media briefs: GetUp ad cut … Murdoch’s phone bill … Malcolm cut out …

Phone hacking has cost News Corp hundreds of millions of dollars so far.

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Grattan, Canada show the mining boom didn’t kill the economy

The mining boom wasn’t too bad for the economy, a new report finds — but the interpretation depends on your ideology. Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Will anyone care about The Age’s extraordinary editorial calling for the Prime Minister to step aside? Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What the heck is Gonski? Richard Farmer doesn’t think the election will hinge on education reform. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Hope for Gillard in British Columbia? Incumbent wins in upset

The opinion polls proved wrong in British Columbia, where the incumbent Liberals won in a major upset. But their first-past-the-post voting system doesn’t give much hope to Julia Gillard.

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The rise and rise of health spending — but don’t blame the old people

Health spending and health employment are surging in Australia. But it’s not inevitable, as the experience of other countries shows. And it’s not necessarily being driven by the ageing population.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Aussie scientists are wasting time chasing grant money, Canadian pollies are getting stuck into banks for lowering taxes, plus other political issues of the day.

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On the Newfoundland rock, where federation didn’t go smoothly

For nearly 100 years, Newfoundland was a place apart. Then in 1948, it joined the federation. Its history has been as afterthought, the only colony that went in reverse. The federation that didn’t go smooth.

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Behind the walls, a Quebecism version of separatism

In a picture-postcard walled city, a new revolution is brewing. Quebec has been given a revival by a new matter-of-fact separatism now alive in Europe. Crikey’s man-at-large walks the cobblestones.

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Protests, corruption and poutine in sans-serif Montreal

Montreal is the place modernism came to die, the last city that really believed in it. It’s also a place where social democratic ideas, left behind elsewhere, live on.

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China, Canada and our ‘national interest’ in mining investment

Tony Abbott wants to impose more regulation on Chinese investment just when overseas companies are citing Australia’s rules as a better way.

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Burma, the outcast, on the long road to reform

The Burmese military-derived government has released hundreds of political prisoners, signed a ceasefire with the country’s largest ethnic rebel group and allowed the opposition National League for Democracy to re-form.

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Vancouver’s cyber-stasi: a Facebook counter-revolution

Facebook and Twitter is supposed to bring people together. Yet in Vancouver a citizen-led virtual witchhunt is underway for those involved in a recent riot — with potentially profound implications for mass surveillance and control, writes Inga Ting.

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‘Cheeky Australian’ in shock Canada election scandal-gate

Canadians were prevented from learning the results of their own elections yesterday, until social media lent some assistance.

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Canada goes to the polls

Canadians go to the polls this week to decide whether to grant a third term to Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, who have been in minority government since 2006, reports William Bowe.

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Poll-bound Canadians at sixes and sevens over coalition concept

Canadians head to the polls on May 2 for the fourth time in just seven years, writes Greg Barns and Randall White.

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MacKerras: the conservative case for electoral reform across the Anglosphere

The Conservative Party got the better of the Liberal-Democrats in the negotiations for coalition government. And a new electoral reform agenda will likely go their way, too.

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Markets, not polls, the best guide to public opinion

I just don’t believe that public opinion moves in as dramatic a fashion as these and the other polls so I’ll stick with the market as providing the best guide and it is suggesting Labor is just above 52% nationally.

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Oh Canada, what is a refugee sponsorship program?

Despite Tony Abbott’s strong rhetoric, the opposition leader laid out a plan to increase refugee numbers through a refugee sponsorship program. What does it mean?

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G20 goes wild: inside the protesters’ camp

Inside the G20 leaders have pledged to slash budget deficits by half in just three years, but outside the summit over 550 protesters have been arrested in violent protests. Two Toronto Star journos spent six days with anarchist demonstrators .

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Population in Australia: 2050 versus 1950?

There’s a difference in population between crowded and congested. The real issue they ignore is that Australia and Australians must change their ways — that business as usual is inadequate.

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What made all of Canada pee at the same time?

With apparently 80% of Canadians watching the gold medal ice hockey match between USA and Canada, it may seem unsurprising that there was a direct correlation between toilets being flushed across the land and the quarters of the game. Too tense to pee in the last quarter?

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