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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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Our education curriculum was not political — it will be if Pyne gets his way

History educator and researcher Tony Taylor says Christopher Pyne’s education review is unnecessary, unfounded and based on specious arguments. We need a credible review team — and a credible minister.

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iSentia index: culture wars fuel debate with pollies and the peanut gallery

Christopher Pyne’s plan to rid the school curriculum of “left-wing bias” kept people talking across all media.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: spite and payback edition

It’s payback time, as Australia’s politicians and commentators set about being mean-spirited and spiteful. In response, our writer decides to come over all Marxist.

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Schooling Christopher Pyne

Crikey readers talk Christopher Pyne, and one remembers a limerick that’s good on paper.

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Pyne’s culture warriors: curriculum reviewers ‘lack credibility’

Christopher Pyne has charged Kevin Donnelly and Ken Wiltshire — harsh critics of the national curriculum — to ferret out “bias” in classrooms. Their appointments have come under close scrutiny.

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Rundle: the education puppet show, with Labor scared in the wings

Christopher Pyne wants to weed out “bias” from Australian classrooms. And Labor doesn’t really seem to care. In Tasmania, it seems set for self-destruction.

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Media briefs: LA paper … killer correction … Pyne’s rate of nots …

Amid all the doom and gloom of the newspaper industry (and there is plenty about), there is something of a Christmas miracle in Los Angeles: a new newspaper has been launched. Plus other media snippets.

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Survey: cabinet really is a private school boys’ club

Watch out when the government talks education funding reform; a Crikey survey by Dylan Barber finds 82% of the cabinet went to private schools. See which minister had the most expensive education …

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Crikey Awards: in a year of incompetence, Abbott was the best

It’s been a Melbourne Cup field for incompetence this year in politics, but Crikey has spotted those who have managed to stand out from the pack. None more than the Prime Minister.

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A federal takeover of unis? A greater threat to academic freedom

Will the NSW government give up its right to run the state’s universities? It’s a logical next step but it comes with risks to academic freedom, writes Grattan Institute’s higher education program director Andrew Norton.

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A test of government will as Qantas and Holden come begging

The government began climbing out of the hole it had dug for itself on Gonski — but its handling of Qantas and Holden meant more headaches. Will the Coalition succumb to populism and bail them out?

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High-speed rail v high-speed river

Crikey readers talk high-speed rail and the importance of volunteering — plus a reader has a poem for Chrstopher Pyne

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Pyne blows himself, and the Gonski reforms, to pieces

Christopher Pyne has destroyed the Gonski school funding reforms and badly damaged the government with his bungling. So what drove this balls-up?

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Inside the Canberra feedback loop: Abbott and the gallery examined

Christopher Pyne pissed off the press gallery — and they’re exacting their revenge. Former adviser and journo Marcus Priest examines the old Canberra games played under Tony Abbott.

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Tips and rumours

Wayfaring penguins … Australia’s worst jobs, continued … age discrimination in the Age Discrimination Commission? Plus other tips.

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Con-ski: Coalition lied on education reform

The awful policy and politics of Christopher Pyne’s Gonski reversal demonstrate the Coalition’s inept approach to education.

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iSentia index: apologies, Gonski and the Ashes

The niche is the new mainstream in Australian media, as newspapers pick their battles more openly.

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Memo to Chris Pyne: Gonski is not going anywhere

Are Labor’s Gonski school reforms (and funding increases) really in jeopardy from an Abbott government? Probably not, writes education expert Bronwyn Hinz.

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Tips and rumours

Pyne wants leader elected by party members … ‘Oops!’ from Rupert Murdoch … pilot forgets passport …

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Will Labor’s reform momentum now grind to a halt?

Bill Shorten’s election as Labor leader might end the “phony war” post-election period. But Labor must continue to consider party reform.

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Forget the kabuki act and nail Abbott on universities

Christopher Pyne’s plan to cap university places breaks a commitment to retain Labor’s social democratic framework. Labor should hammer them on it to the exclusion of all else.

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