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Fond farewells: more valedictory speeches from departing MPs

We say goodbye to many long-serving parliamentarians this week, including Rob Oakeshott and Stephen Smith, Crikey intern Bension Siebert collected the best thoughts from them.

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Tips and rumours

Zed’s dead, baby … friction in new climate merger? … Simon Crean’s lunch date …

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Tips and rumours

Boned ACT Liberal Senator poised to fight back … NT Liberal plotting? … telegrams can be sent from WA, too …

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Tips and rumours

Dirty tricks among ACT Liberals … “He who must be Obeid” … Captain Cook falls on hard times in Melbourne …

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And then there were none: ACT Lib moderate faces the chop

Local ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja has launched a raid on the seat of sitting Senator Gary Humphries, pitching conservative against moderate and annoying some at the federal level.

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Tips and rumours

Zed Seselja to tackle Gary Humphries, ACT Liberals … Peter Costello to return to politics? … modern family for Chris Lilley on ABC …

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Are we too scared to find out?

Apparently a petition like this one calling for a ban on Muslim immigration has been tabled some 68 times in Federal Parliament.

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Patenting: why is it left to advocacy groups to take up the fight?

The awarding of monopoly power is an expensive gift that should not be reduced to simply following key intellectual property rich countries, writesAnna George.

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The moderates held hostage on Abbott’s front bench

The most critical change to Tony Abbott’s shadow cabinet isn’t the reviving of long dead Howard ministers, it’s that Simon Birmingham and Gary Humphries, moderates and ETS supporters, are parliamentary secretaries. Are their hands now tied?

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We need an independent review of anti-terror laws

Today, the Senate is scheduled to begin debating an initiative that is sorely needed – the creation of an office of an Independent Reviewer of Australia’s tough anti-terrorism laws, writes Greg Barns.

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MacCormack: Public servants have hands out for Kevin

Kevin Rudd’s pledge to cut “bloating” within the federal bureaucracy will delight public servants. Razor gangs inflict cuts, and cuts mean redundancies, and for long-time public servants, redundancies are highly rewarding, writes David MacCormack.

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Abjorensen: Polls pointing to Greens Senate victory in ACT

The Coalition might not be able to count on a Senate majority after a likely Labor win at the election, writes Norman Abjorensen.

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