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Pyne’s sleepless nights ahead of 2016 election as Xenophon soars

Tony Abbott’s Coalition is losing footing in former Liberal strongholds. And the party’s stocks in South Australia just keep on sliding, posing serious problems for one colourful frontbencher.

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Tips and rumours

Subs dropping at The Oz … pay to listen to your boss … Pyne a man of letters …

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Media briefs: Latham faces defo action … Q&A gets cuddly … front-page fight club …

Mark Latham will have to defend his comments about mothers with depression in court. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Confused? So is the government, and the rest of us

The confusion about the government’s fiscal policy isn’t new — it reflects its constant shifting on the budget over several years.

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Pyne’s higher ed debacle comes with a big price tag

Christopher Pyne has perfectly demonstrated how not to undertake complex reform. And it has cost the government dearly.

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US provides a glimpse of the future of student debt

Student loans are now the second biggest form of debt in the United States, and the worst-performing of all, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Tips and rumours

Satellite NBN limited in more ways than one … Pyne’s schoolyard insults … no kittens for us

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What if all ministers were health ministers?

If government is in the business of creating healthy, productive citizens in a healthy, productive society, why shouldn’t every minister include health in his or her portfolio? GP and writer Tim Senior explains.

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Tips and rumours

Just who is the nation’s best media writer? … 3AW caller has a Liberal history … is someone coming for Jason “orgasms” Wood? …

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Tips and rumours

A history of Alston, Downer and Hintze … Camp Quality auction revisited … a new way to deal with tough questions …

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Poll Bludger: restless sleeps for Abbott as double dissolution threat looms

With two upcoming state elections putting conservative governments under pressure, Abbott’s plummeting popularity within the Liberal Party could cut his New Year’s celebrations painfully short.

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Higher ed debacle: Pyne demonstrates why the government is failing

Christopher Pyne’s bungling of his higher education reforms demonstrates the flaws that have bedevilled the government — and it’s not even clear the government is aware of them.

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Tips and rumours

Serco told to cough up by ombudsman … Michael Thawley’s brother questions the government … Christopher Pyne gets something right on Wong …

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‘Full confidence’? David Johnston better watch his back

Tony Abbott has “full confidence” in the Defence Minister. That is probably not good for David Johnston’s career. Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian looks at the political kiss of death.

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Outbreak of entitlement confuses ABC critics

Critics of the ABC board’s decision on spending cuts think the ABC can be both national and efficient, when it can’t be both at once.

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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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