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WikiLeaks PlusD dump: Timor, Whitlam and Fraser’s refugee support

The latest cache of cables from WikiLeaks is a window on a turbulent time in Australian domestic and foreign policy. Writer and historian Luke Miller reports on the missives from the US and Australia.

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When parties trade places in decades-long dance

There was a startling hypocrisy in the rhetoric around development in northern Australia yesterday. Both sides of politics were caught opposing their own history.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Gough light years ahead of Kochie

David Koch has caused a stir by telling mums they need to be “discreet” when breastfeeding publicly. How old fashioned.

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Millions for a tiny record label with powerful players

The story of Melba Recordings’ special deal with the Australian government shows that when it comes to arts funding, friends in high places can still deliver the goods.

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Abbott’s humour less than killer, but does he lack compassion?

The passing of Margaret Whitlam has elicited an outpouring of respect bordering on reverence across Australia. But Tony Abbott has again shown himself to be less than compassionate, writes David Ritter.

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Just how do you justify entitlements to ex-politicians?

If a politician’s entitlements annoy a voter, then an ex-politician’s entitlements must annoy a voter more, writes Stephen Bartos, governance expert and director of Sapere Research Group.

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Latham’s Henderson Watch V: Murdoch sympathiser, chancellor of the check-checker

Gerard Henderson’s right-wing salon, The Sydney Institute, is riddled with conflicts of interest, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

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Latham: Gerard Henderson suffers from chronic corresponditis

I worry about Gerard Henderson, really. He has a chronic case of corresponditis — the inability, at the end of a protracted exchange of letters, to allow his correspondent to have the last word, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

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The Age | FEDERAL|

Wright: You call those gaffes? THESE are gaffes

Abbott and Gillard’s recent gaffes on the international circuit pale in comparison to past blunders - including Malcolm Fraser’s rendition of I Like Aeroplane Jelly and Gough Whitlam’s declaration that “trade is so f — -ing boring,” says Tony Wright.

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Debate: should Quentin Bryce have to step aside?

Peter Faris QC and barrister Greg Barns debate the topic: Quentin Bryce must step aside.

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Gillard lets Whitlam down

Julia Gillard’s approach to asylum seekers reminds us of one thing: for most of its history a consistent thread in Labor Party policy was a fear of coloured migrants.

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The Australian | ECONOMY|

Megalogenis: It’s time! Rudd turns into Whitlam

It’s a terrible time for tax reform, writes George Megalogenis. Federal spending is up, revenue is low and rather than slashing spending our PM has introduced a national hospital plan. Do we need a financial crash?

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A victory for style over substance in the ALP

A Peek Frean has triumphed and holds the top political job in the nation, save the Department of Climate Change, and why Gordon Brown needs Mark Plunkett.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Sheridan: Stop the boats!

The old Howard classic “We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come” is still the best refugee policy for this country and Kevin Rudd is slowly realising it, writes Greg Sheridan.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

David Smith: Malcolm Fraser is lying about the Whitlam dismissal

Malcolm Fraser’s account of what then Governor General John Kerr said to him on the morning of 11 November, 1975, is not true, says Kerr’s former secretary David Smith.

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New Matilda | FEDERAL|

The conflicted role of the Governor-General

The role of the Governor General — Australia’s head of state — is pretty low key in Australia these days. But Australia should look to Canada’s recent constitution woes as it looks towards the possibility of a republic.

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Turnbull invokes a Menzies manoeuvre by crossing the floor

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to cross the floor of the House of Representatives is no big deal, particularly when his party is in Opposition, writes Rob Chalmers.

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Greens and climate change … welcome back to the real world

So with a great (self-trumpeted) fanfare, the Greens have returned to the climate change debate — and about bloody time.

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Larvartus Prodeo | FEDERAL|

What’s your favourite political childhood memory?

Whether it be your childhood crush on Bob Hawke, a poem penned in primary school for Gough Whitlam or a secret fondness for John Howard, join in the discussion at Larvartus Prodeo about your earliest political memory.

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The Age | FEDERAL|

Costello: Early election a gift to the Greens

PM Kevin Rudd doesn’t really want a double dissolution, because he’d prefer the Opposition to pass the ETS scheme and share the blame of future problems, writes Peter Costello.

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Rudd making the best of the available talent

Some sage advice for politicians: not all the good people in the House sit on one side, and the enemy is often the people sitting around you.

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The Age | UNCATEGORIZED|

Investigation will expose the blood on Whitlam’s hands

An investigation into the Balibo Five wont reveal anything we don’t know about Indonesia’s culpability in the matter — but it will expose the Whitlam government’s bureaucratic bungling both before and after the murders, says Geraldine Willesee.

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A Whitlam rethink

Richard Farmer rethinks Gough Whitlam’s contribution to Australian life, is willing to pay more to keep smoking, and looks at himself in cartoon form.

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Dear diary: by Kevin Rudd

So what exactly does PM Kevin Rudd think of Brendan Nelson quitting and forcing a byelection? Luckily, Crikey has access to Rudd’s diary, thanks to The Oz

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

It’s Time: Turnbull needs to change

If Malcolm Turnbull wants to make his place in political history, then he should look for historical inspiration from, perhaps surprisingly, Labor giant Gough Whitlam, writes Nick Dyrenfurth.

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