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Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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From pinko plots to political masturbation: what pollies thought in their salad days

Christopher Pyne and Joe Hockey were staunch advocates for free university education, but Tony Abbott was seeing reds under the bed.

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Pyne’s higher education campaign echoes Labor’s mining tax debacle

In prosecuting the case for higher education deregulation, the government failed to consult with the industry and can’t muster evidence for its claims.

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Uni VCs selling Australian students short for a quick buck

University vice-chancellors, whose eyes are on the bottom line, support a free market for education. But George Morgan, a founding member of the National Alliance for the Public University, says this does not mean universities themselves are in favour.

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Tips and rumours

Where did the 2UE whisper come from? … the other assistant treasurer … the company behind those sweary princesses

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Pyne’s curriculum review should have learnt from history

Christopher Pyne’s education review was rushed, partisan and now seemingly doomed. Adjunct professor Tony Taylor at the University of Technology Sydney says it didn’t have to be this way.

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Pyne and vile Kyle most outstanding sexists

The Ernie awards for Sexist Remarks are great fun — but wouldn’t it be great if there weren’t enough nominees?

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iSentia index: one year on, is Tony Abbott the foreign affairs PM?

The Abbott government’s most popular minister has had a good run in the media this week, unlike many of her cabinet counterparts.

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Rundle: Pyne’s bizarre free speech rhetoric a dog whistle to the IPA

Free speech on university campuses is crucial — but only if said free speech aligns with the government’s rhetoric.

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The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

University vice-chancellors have singularly failed to live up to the ideals of social justice and equity they so frequently profess, writes Nick Riemer, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the NTEU Sydney University branch committee.

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Rundle: the government’s Escherian spiral to nowhere

Are the adults really in charge? Not even the Coalition knows.

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Essential: voters sour further on Direct Action, Turnbull top of the pollies

Voters prefer an emissions trading scheme or carbon price over doing nothing on climate change - but only narrowly - while Malcolm Turnbull rates highest along the government’s ministers.

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iSentia index: sport and foreign affairs dominate discussion

A big week for sports fans made for a quiet week politically — the first one since the budget was delivered.

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Education is an investment, not an expense

Crikey readers have their say on class and the benefits of “free” education.

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Dear Christopher Pyne, here is your HECS bill

Education Minister Chris Pyne didn’t pay HECS for his four-year degree, but he’s very keen to make sure future students pay very high fees. We’ve prepared a bill for Mr Pyne to pay his fair share.

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Co-payments and inept budget messaging put Coalition in a hole

What’s the purpose of the Medicare co-payments? It’s a good question that not even the government has been able to answer in its shambolic efforts to sell the budget

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Clarifier: should universities ditch research?

The federal government has suggested that universities be allowed to drop research and instead become teaching-only academies. Is this idea a goer?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: you call that a protest?

Students are taking to the streets with home-made signs and jostling former politicians at uni like it’s 1969. Someone has to let these kids know that the old forms of protest have been kaput for some time.

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Tips and rumours

Rumblings in WA Labor? … Pyne chases us, post-mortem … Serco to cut staff, what about 457s? …

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A floral tribute to the federal MPs who got a free ride at uni

Christopher Pyne reckons students should send flowers to taxpayers to say thanks for their education. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte discovers there ought to be a lot of flowers coming from Parliament House.

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Tips and rumours

Reform is dead at COAG … Labor Gazette rolls on … Christopher Pyne takes charge … Julie Bishop acts — kind off — on schoolgirls …

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Tips and rumours

Aunty’s hired a heavy hitter … PM&C ignites the culture wars … Rupert Murdoch is, in fact, Rupert Murdoch

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Finger pointing before the royal commission begins

Crikey readers talk the good old days of architecture, politicians and their lookalike animals, and what the government can expect from its royal commission.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: school spirit … wages stoush … TA takedown …

The federal government has some funny ideas about education, as it wants to give $70 million to schools to … er … do exactly what they are doing now. Plus Tony Abbott’s YouTube smackdown, celebrity tragedies and Margie Abbott’s musings.

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Note, Tim Wilson, speech not the only freedom worth protecting

The new appointee to the Human Rights Commission has a lot to say about the curriculum. But Crikey’s writer-at-large says maybe Wilson needs to go back to school himself to swot up on basic theories.

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