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The Coalition’s leaked policy notes: what you found

Readers have been running the ruler over the Coalition’s “speaker’s notes” leaked by Crikey yesterday. Here are the best responses …

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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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Coalition’s talking points delve into a bag of rhetorical tricks

The Coalition’s daily talking points obtained by Crikey provide an insight into the basics of political spin.

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Time to call the asylum seeker ‘impasse’ what it really is

There is no “impasse” on asylum seekers, there is only bloodyminded evil from the Coalition.

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Speaking of media independence, how does Aunty fare?

A Crikey analysis of the political leanings of ABC journalists finds more end up in the Coalition camp than the Labor one.

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Labor could be cycling toward its doom

The same pattern keeps repeating: a party wins government federally at the high point of its fortunes, then the tide starts to run out again and it loses seats at state level until eventually it loses federally as well and the cycle starts again.

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Come in Spinner: when political rhetoric comes back to haunt you …

One of the great things about shameless use of rhetoric and ridicule is that it inspires backbenchers to bay for more. One of the less great things is that it can come back to haunt you. Take Joe Hockey, for example…

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Abbott’s nanny state could expose kids to lesser levels of care

Tony Abbott’s thought bubble on government funding for nannies may expose children to lesser levels of care as well as assisting more affluent women to exploit many less powerful ones.

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Abbott’s nostalgia for Howard’s Oz is no basis for an economic policy

Nostalgia is a fine political tool if you can use it and half his luck if Abbott can make it work for him. But it’s no basis for an economic policy.

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Do the Liberals have a conscience on gay marriage?

The media narrative is overwhelmingly obsessed with Labor’s position on the same-s-x marriage issue and the Coalition’s much larger anti-gay contingent has mostly been given a free pass.

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Australian political parties are dying, and fast

Australian political parties are cossetted by compulsory voting, public funding and exemptions in areas such as privacy. But despite those protections, they are dying, and quickly.

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Offended by ‘nanny state’, Coalition wants more censorship on gambling

The Coalition has proposed greater internet censorship as part of its counter-proposals on gambling reform. The US experience shows it doesn’t work.

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Rundle: carbon tax a monument to Labor, and testimony to a burial

The carbon tax will be Labor’s historical triumph; if a post-Labor Senate can lock it in, then it will be, for the Gillard government, a monument –- and like all monuments, testimony to a burial.

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Media inquiry has to do more than gather dust

It appears the government has decided to conduct a media inquiry, with details to be announced this afternoon.

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News Ltd’s indelible influence on the Labor brand

For years News Limited media have published unremittingly negative attacks on the Gilllard government. They have had a massive influence in tarnishing the party’s brand, writes Ad Astra.

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The Power Index: meet #2 on the list — Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne is attack dog, enforcer, messenger, organiser, whipper-in and tireless spruiker for the Opposition cause. And if Abbott becomes prime minister he will be amply rewarded.

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Daring to dream on the Coalition’s costings

The problem with the Coalition needing to find $70 billion in savings is they never found the first $50 billion last year.

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The Power Index: could a six-year-old s-x scandal really bring Gillard undone?

Could a six-year-old sex scandal really bring Julia Gillard’s minority government undone? The Power Index’s Matthew Knott reports.

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Under pressure: leaning on lobby groups over the carbon tax

Brad Kitschke, head of the Australian Sporting Goods Association and leader of the Fair Imports Alliance, has claimed that Tony Abbott’s office effectively told him that the opposition would support his group on the GST issue if it came out against the carbon tax.

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Essential: Gillard under the hammer, support for a carbon price down

Julia Gillard’s support has collapsed among voters and she now trails Tony Abbott as preferred Prime Minister.

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Crikey says: Climate Change Authority key to carbon future

One of the better aspects of the carbon price package revealed yesterday is its governance arrangements.

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Cynical weakness v economic
irrationalism

The Government appears unconvinced it should be in power, and the Opposition will say anything, no matter how ridiculous, to confirm that.

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Possum: Labor’s worst month in government

This quarter has seen everything move towards the Coalition.

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No more flying under the radar

And so it seems there’s more to being a viable alternative prime minister than effective media management.

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Splitting climate change on party lines

One of the striking elements about the public’s belief in climate change that emerges from today’s Essential Report findings is its highly politicised nature.

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