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Tips and rumours

PNG visa rules tighten from Saturday … Qantas not cleaning the planes so well? … Coalition’s question time lady-fest …

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Ask the economists: should we be sweating the debt?

The Abbott government wants to hike up the debt ceiling to $500 billion, while Labor and the Greens say that’s too high. Crikey intern Virginia Millen asks the economists what should be done.

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NBN Co board refuses to drink the poisoned chalice

It’s no surprise the entire NBN Co board has resigned. The Coalition doesn’t want NBN Co to succeed, and the technological and political challenge ahead is mighty.

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Off with their heads! Which civil servants will lose their posts?

Tony Abbott is unlikely to take an axe to the public service, as John Howard did when he became PM. There are just two senior civil servants who should be nervous, writes governance expert Stephen Bartos.

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Climate debate: solar power is just a ‘toy’

Crikey readers vent their spleens on the issues of the day.

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Telstra’s too cool broadband bid

Which part of the word “mandatory” doesn’t Telstra understand? Asks Bernard Keane.

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Canadians may finally get what they voted for

If the voters don’t award a majority to a single party, it’s hard to see why the electoral system should artificially impose one on them, writes Charles Richardson.

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“Going for Growth” in crime, prisons and taxes

The Coalition Government’s Election 2007 Policy, “Tough on Drugs”, was released over the weekend. If this desperate policy is ever implemented, we can be confident of a growth in crime which will require increased resources for police and prisons and which in turn can only be paid for by increased taxes.

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Four weeks in, Howard launches

Launch? More like a moment’s respite from the interminable tedium of the campaign that never ends, writes Jonathan Green.

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Coalition launch: First reactions from the media

What the papers are saying straight off the bat…

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Waiting for Godot: rates up and no Lucky

The Howard/Costello message until recent days has been one of self congratulation. The about turn in rhetoric from good times to hard times is most unlikely to work, writes Richard Farmer.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

Sophie Mirabella … mortgage rate rises … rolling the dice on Howard’s chances … economic conservatism … nuclear power … Quadrant …

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Reality check: Australian polls poles apart

Editors of newspapers like to kid themselves that they are in touch with their readers - that they know who they are and what they are interested in reading. Some editors and proprietors even have delusions about influencing the readers and there are politicians aplenty who live in fear that it actually happens.

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Liberals should enjoy it while they can

Day two – a day to really lift the Liberal Party spirits. There is nothing like a fist full of dollars to attract attention and the Howard-Costello duumvirate got attention aplenty, writes Richard Farmer.

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Beware the Underdog

It is becoming almost the conventional wisdom of the political pundits that John Howard is running out of time to make the improvement needed to secure another victory. But a look back at the last five federal elections suggests that his task is not as unique as might appear, writes Richard Farmer.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

Burma … polls, election timing et al … drought relief … Christian Kerr v The Greens … new Magna Carta … Canberra airport development …

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Bennelong: I tipped this, says MacKerras

Back on 20 February the following words of mine were printed in Crikey: “Let me be the first pundit to predict that the Liberal Party will lose this year’s general election as a whole, and Bennelong in particular.” Those words were the result of my reading of a Morgan Crikey poll showing Labor ahead in Bennelong by 55-45. That was before it was known Maxine McKew would be Labor’s candidate.

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Kevin07: welcome to happy land!

Kevin07 is like a refreshing spring breeze. It’s very bronzed and very beachy. There is something new under the sun. Or at least that’s what Labor would like you to think about its new website.

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Howard needs to do a Keating

The AC Neilsen finding this morning that Labor maintains a comfortable lead over the Coalition Government will have surprised no-one. Howard and his team need to get a hurry on, writes Richard Farmer.

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Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups

Howard’s NT plan … getting the costs right … Bias-o-meter … David Flint … they have the internet on computers, now? … Census and religion … the prince and the GG …

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The return of the dirt aNiMaLS

The hypocrisy of politicians is wonderful to behold. There was Labor in the House of Representatives this week attacking the Liberal-National government for having employees of ministers monitor the media to find information with which to embarrass their opponents.

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