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From Diaz’s stop-the-boats plan to ‘shit happens’, pollies’ on-air gaffes

Following Clive Palmer’s dramatic 7.30 walk-out, Crikey intern Paul Millar finds eight recent moments in political on-air infamy.

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The tricky issue of fuel prices

Crikey readers have their say on World Cup controversies, singing politicians and the fuel excise.

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Abbott’s ‘visionary’ policies v Labor’s crippling dysfunctionality

While Tony Abbott continues to produce dud policies for the Coalition, Labor’s problems are far deeper and have now crippled it. The choice for voters come the election in September is miserable.

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‘Class warfare’ as govt tries to pay for Gonski

The government has mixed its messages on education funding, but ultimately the real benefits of Gonski may not lie in the extra money, which is just a means to an end.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The losers in this week’s education reforms are likely to make their disappointment known, but the winners will probably not follow suit. Plus other political issues of the day.

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ACTA a goner, and DFAT scores collateral damage

A controversial copyright treaty looks dead in the water after the European parliament rejected it overnight. It’s also in serious trouble here.

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Emerson shocks the world right out of its brain

In the song and dance spectacle that turned heads and stunned audiences the world over, Trade Minister Craig Emerson broke into a Skyhooks-inspired rendition of Whyalla Wipeout during an ABC interview about the carbon tax. And this man has a PhD in economics.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Rehearsal time for musical trio

Let me stop pussy-footing around. There will be a Labor leadership change.

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West Papua finds a few friends in Canberra

Even if Bob Carr isn’t drafted into the job, most pundits think that Craig Emerson won’t be staying on as foreign minister. Which may be just as well, because he hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory.

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Beware of what lurks beneath free trade agreements

The hyping of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has begun. But on some issues it’s cover for a predatorial United States.

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Green day: the real architects behind the carbon tax bill

On a reliably frigid Canberra morning holed up in a ramshackle hotel bereft of any kind of heating, the sound of Anthony Albanese seeping out of the clock radio to claim total credit for the passage of the carbon tax seemed too much to bear.

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Labor has neither the brains nor strength to fix its problems

Labor’s leaders would have to be political geniuses to manoeuvre themselves out of the current fix — and they ain’t no geniuses.

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Keane: the good and very bad of the Gillard line-up

There are some worthy promotees in the first proper Gillard Ministry, but the plotters have been rewarded.

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Business groups jostle for attention of new government

Now the lobbying can begin. That is the message from Australia’s business community, which has welcomed the chance to work with Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s new minority Labor government.

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Campaign Crikey Leftovers: Emmo on cucumbers, Libs seek Feedback, marsupial ode

In today’s Campaign Leftovers: Emmo’s portfolio greatly expanded, Libs seek feedback and of all the marsupials …

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Don’t mention the war

Another three Australian soldiers dead in an Afghanistan war and you have to wonder where all the peaceniks within the Labor Party have gone to. Plus, bringing back the tick and other political news.

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Rudd ducks again: book import slug stays

So we retain parallel import restrictions on books. Those of us who don’t buy our books online will continue to pay too much, with the bulk of that extra cost going to overseas authors and publishers.

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Caucus debate misses the point, chapter and verse, on books

What’s happening with parallel book imports? The publishing industry is on the cusp of major change driven by online delivery. The most appropriate role for the government is to step aside and let consumers take the lead.

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The rise in independent contracting is a myth

It’s time to declare an end to the alleged rise in “independent contracting” that has purportedly dominated Australian workplaces over the last decade.

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Craig Emerson wins QT Idol

Question Time has long been a warped type of talent show and the current stand out performer is Minister for Small Business, Craig Emerson, writes Annabel Crabb.

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The Grocery Choice, Emerson connection

Is it a coincidence that the decision to scrap the supermarket price watch came shortly after the Minister for Small Business also became the Minister for Consumer Affairs?

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Fran Bailey: the bull in the small business

What does Tourism and Small Business Minister Fran Bailey do when she isn’t living high on the hog and enjoying expensive taxpayer funded junkets overseas? Why, she berates business groups.

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Kevin Rudd and his pet parrot, Gloria

Kevin Rudd plans to monitor the activities of the retail duopoly has clearly pleased Alan Jones, but anyone who has read Jonestown will immediately recognise what is going on here. The Parrot is being duchessed.

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