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Make all govt initiatives prove their worth

Crikey readers talk the dangers of marijuana, Australia’s scientific achievements and how else the Abbott government could cut costs.

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Let them take taxis: what else the Audit Commission can flog off

ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos has some suggestions on what else the federal government should cut (well-fed diplomats in cushy overseas housing, watch out).

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For sale? Tony Abbott’s potential privatisation hit list

The Abbott government wants to sell off government corporations. Here’s a list of 11 targets that might be ripe for privatisation. Will it be Australia Post, the ABC, the railways — or none of the above?

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Meet Tony Shepherd, Transfield’s doyen of debt

Tony Shepherd, charged with finding ways for the Commonwealth to pay down debt, knows plenty about debt, and not so much about paying it down, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Our public service is already efficient — and for a much lower cost

Tony Abbott has launched an efficiency drive across the public service. But on a global scale our system is already very efficient, writes Centre for Policy Development research director Christopher Stone.

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Essential: voters wary of Commission of Audit’s options — except one

Voters are not disposed to like many of the options the new Commission of Audit is likely to consider — they’re wary of privatisations and cutting welfare. But there is one area the public would like to see major reform.

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A defence of radical architecture

Crikey readers talk brutalist architecture, Judi Moylan and why Bernard Keane has gone too far.

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Crikey readers slash the government

Crikey readers add their own suggestions of what the federal government’s Commission of Audit should cut.

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Keane’s slash-and-burn suggestions for the Commission of Audit

If the Commission of Audit is serious about eliminating unnecessary government activities, here are some suggestion (including selling off AusPost).

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Abbott’s own Tea Party

Crikey readers talk the Commission of Audit and whether property development lobby groups should count as “lobbyists”.

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Crikey calling: the shine comes off the Abbott government

Memo to Tony Abbott: your government is seven weeks old, here’s why you’re on the wrong track and what you should do about it. Crikey Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane and deputy editor Cathy Alexander tell you what you need to know.

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The good and the bad of Hockey’s Commission of Audit

Joe Hockey is lifting the debt ceiling and firing up a Commission of Audit to tell us what to privatise or cut. The scope of the Commission is excellent, but the panel members are mostly duds, write Crikey commentators Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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