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Government haste to axe the tax could cost the budget $2b

A new report says the federal government’s mandate to axe the carbon price would cost $2 billion in returns to polluters. It’s a poison pill the Coalition should be wary of.

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Can Hunt slip his Coalition chains to really take direct action?

By charting a canny path through the Coalition party room, Greg Hunt could yet deliver on his obvious passion for environmental issues, including climate change.

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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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Pyne’s crusade: campus fight looming over uni services fees

Campus Liberals are celebrating after Christopher Pyne moved to act on voluntary student unionism. But Labor and the Greens are rallying to defeat any moves to abolish compulsory fees.

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No time for Abbott to hover with the knife

It’s a prudent time, economically and politically, to implement spending cuts. Moving swiftly will give the budget more freedom and help to limit interest rate rises.

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Institute of Liberal Party policy? What the IPA will get from Abbott

The influence Institute of Public Affairs released a list of policy demands last year. Crikey forensically works through them to see which ones Tony Abbott has adopted.

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Abbott’s wild-goose chase for Marxists in the classroom

Tony Abbott says the school history curriculum is too left-leaning. But where’s the evidence, asks Monash University history education researcher Anthony Taylor?

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Company tax cuts won’t lift investment and jobs — or increase tax revenue

Evidence suggests the Coalition’s corporate tax cut won’t lift investment or create jobs — and it won’t increase revenue. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer examine the plan.

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Confused by Coalition on Gonski? Let Tony and Chris explain …

Don’t blame yourself for being confused by the Coalition’s education policy — it’s been a strange journey. Crikey lets Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne explain it for themselves …

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Memo to Hockey: what’s really wrong with the Tax Office

Joe Hockey wants to shake up the Australian Taxation Office. It’s welcome news to accountants and taxpayers, but he’ll need more than rhetoric to fix the ATO’s problems.

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You’ll love the How Fast is the NBN site … until you read this

A clever website purporting to show the difference between the speed of Labor’s NBN and the Coalition’s broadband plan has gone viral — but is it a fair and accurate representation? We fact-check How Fast is the NBN.

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Let’s acknowledge Abbott’s parental leave plan is better

Forget the misplaced rhetoric, Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme is more generous and sends the right message about women in work. This “hardline feminist” is happy to say so.

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Koukoulas: budgetary Swan song less interesting than Abbott’s reply

It’s not Wayne Swan you should listen to next week, but the budget reply speech from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Economist and former Labor adviser Stephen Koukoulas says the PM-in-waiting has to deliver some hard numbers.

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Broadband battle: hard numbers, ideology and gut feel

Yes, Malcolm Turnbull knows Labor’s NBN policy of fibre to the premises is technically superior than the Coalition’s plan. But he argues this is not the only factor.

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Broadband battlelines drawn: Turnbull’s plan for fast internet

There weren’t many surprises in the Coalition’s plan for the national broadband rollout, released today. But now the battle lines are drawn: Labor’s NBN verses Malcolm Turnbull’s cut-price, not-quite-as-fast model. And Turnbull nailed the policy announcement today.

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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Coalition influencers at #9

Who will influence Tony Abbott on climate policy if he claims the Lodge? The Coalition vows to ditch the carbon tax but its Direct Action alternative needs resourcing. The Power Index examines the field and finds ex-minister Robert Hill could be in the box seat.

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Rallying around Rooty Hill

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

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Turnbull and the barking mad NBN debate: numbers needed

Malcolm Turnbull has offered a defence of the Coalition’s broadband internet strategy, but claims he needs more numbers from NBN Co. We’d settle for rough estimates ahead of the election.

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Abbott’s adviser hates wind farms, doubts climate change

Tony Abbott’s latest Coalition policy statement remains short on climate policy detail. More worrying is his selection of a noted anti-wind farm advocate and climate change sceptic as lead business adviser.

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Will Abbott’s axe really kill carbon trading in Australia?

Tony Abbott is likely to rescind the current cap-and-trade legislation if he wins the next election, but it’s easy to see the potential for a new carbon pricing scheme to develop out of the stump his axe created.

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Coalition’s policies? We’ve got ‘em — well, sort of

Crikey has obtained the Coalition’s internal policy bible for backbenchers. And we want readers to start going through it.

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Abolishing Medicare Locals is bad health and economic policy

New primary health care organisations known as Medicare Locals aren’t perfect. But the opposition’s plan to abolish them makes no sense on health or economic grounds, writes health academic Jon Wardle.

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Reality check: The hard sell is still to come

The Crikey Reality Check on what people actually read on news web sites has been showing a decline in interest for weeks now and nothing changed this morning. Coverage of the Coalition policy launch barely rated in the lists of the top five most read stories, writes Richard Farmer.

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Ruddisms: A very Crikey glossary

It might be John Howard who’s stuck in the 1950s on policy, but it’s Rudd who sometimes speaks like he’s walked straight off the set of Happy Days. Crikey has the glossary, writes Jane Nethercote.

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