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From class warfare to patriotism — the hypocrisy of Abbott’s ‘mature debate’

The government’s capacity to prosecute a reform agenda will be undermined by the way it has squandered trust and goodwill in the electorate.

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Coalition takes a brave stand on Labor’s territory of jobs

The Coalition is doing the right thing on industry handouts, but it is playing to Labor’s strength with voters. The opposition is ahead in the polls because voters are worried about jobs.

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Qantas, Holden and learning to make tough decisions

Making tough decisions is an important skill for governments. This one hasn’t had the best start in dealing with Qantas and Holden.

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That’s not deregulation … now THIS is deregulation

If the government is serious about deregulation — which it isn’t — it would pursue these totemic reforms. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer run through the options.

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The Business Council’s giant passive-aggressive fridge note

The Business Council’s call for economic reform betrays a business mindset that it should be the passive recipient of government help. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer interpret the document.

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Leadership is a distraction, Labor is broken

Changing leaders won’t help Labor in the long-run unless the party tackles its core problems of structure, ideology and communication. The ALP’s problems go far deeper than Julia Gillard.

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Shepherd’s vision: kamikaze politicians delivering for business

Tony Shepherd’s economic vision for Australia ignores what we’ve already achieved and relies on politicians delivering for business regardless of what the electorate wants, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Labor’s world of super hurt yields … not that much

Labor’s prolonged period of superannuation “crisis” has yielded a worthy but decidedly minimal reform. And it might never happen anyway.

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OECD hands govt praise — and an awkward to-do list

The latest OECD report on the Australian economy is positive towards many government policies, but makes some politically unpalatable suggestions about future reform. Is the hand of Treasury at work here?

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BCA nostalgic for a bureaucratic past it helped to destroy

The Business Council’s proposals for rpublic sector reform are a bizarre throwback to the “Rip Van Winkle” years. Perhaps Jennifer Westacott is annoyed the reform she wants isn’t being taken up.

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Essential: PM gets momentum, can’t take Labor with her

Julia Gillard has has recorded her best voter support figure for months and Tony Abbott has recorded his worst ever in today’s Essential Report.

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Essential: Thomson affair, and who really benefited from reform?

No one has come out of the Thomson affair well, least of all the government and Thomson himself. And voters don’t believe they’ve got the most benefit from economic reform.

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Our long winter of inexplicable economic discontent

Voters’ discontent is a key feature of the current political landscape. Understanding its origins is crucial.

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Howes wants the magic pudding, OECD says it’s already here

The contrast between Paul Howes’ Press Club address yesterday and the OECD’s overnight forecasts demonstrates the current tension in economic debate. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Dear Jennifer Westacott, this is why we’re
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Business has complained about the quality of policy debate. There’s an irony in that, says Bernard Keane in his letter to Business Council chief Jennifer Westacott.

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Aged care: treating the cause and consequences of bad price signals

The government has taken a significant step towards correcting the problems created by bad price signals in aged care.

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Would new boy Newman prefer ‘cop this’ federalism?

The Council of Australian Government has always been a tool of politics. The “competitive federalism” espoused by Campbell Newman simply doesn’t work.

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MRRT: a spectacular failure of leadership by all

The MRRT will become law, but it represents a dark chapter in the history of Australian economic reform.

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Reform and blame

Crikey reads have their say.

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Who killed economic reform? Maybe we all did

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the death of the economic reform project. But was popular resentment of its impacts the ultimate killer?

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Call the undertaker: economic reform is dead

Serious economic reform has not merely lost momentum in Australia, it’s dead. It’s time to look back on 30 years of reform — and work out what killed it.

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Essential: meh on the republic, but fired up about Qantas

Voters blame Qantas management for its dispute with unions, today’s Essential Report finds. But support for a republic isn’t going anywhere.

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What game theory says about Labor’s woes

Faced with their opponents abandoning sound policy, what should Labor do? Maybe do the same, says one theory.

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Can we extract some good from whingenomics?

Pandering to voters’ conviction they face big cost of living increases hasn’t worked so far. Maybe it’s time for a new approach.

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Abbott makes Irish joke of Liberals’ economic cred

Tony Abbott’s incapacity to handle the basics of economic policy is hurting his party.

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