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Tips and rumours

Backstabbing at Fairfax HQ? … Where’s Joe Hockey’s staff? … Tassie top job …

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Truth and lies: what young people think about politicians

Is it acceptable that politicians lie? Is there a difference between a lie and a broken promise? Keen to find out what young people think, secondary school teacher Chris Fotinopoulos talked to his students.

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Comrades, Tim Winton wants this taboo lifted

Popular author Tim Winton reckons the shackles of social class are becoming heavier in Australia — but that no one’s allowed to talk about it. He broke this taboo in Melbourne on Monday in a speech to “comrades”.

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You call that an electoral landslide? These were electoral landslides

Tony Abbott did not secure a landslide victory, writes Australian Catholic University psephologist Malcolm Mackerras. In fact, only one Labor government since the 1950s lost in a landslide.

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Tips and rumours

Labor ructions in Lalor … Happy birthday, Mr Whitlam … Jeanne Pratt details theatre investments … .

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Could Australia outsource asylum seekers across the Tasman?

Despite a lack of boats, New Zealand introduces new laws to deal with asylum seekers. Are they afraid Australia could tell them to keep moving east, writes Klaus Neumann at Inside Story.

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Cricket riots, lost trousers and objects thrown: leaders tested

Julia Gillard had a sandwich thrown at her this week, delighting the media. Sydney-based freelance writer Dylan Barber brings you some of the best gaffes, errors and fumblings from leaders in years gone by.

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Leaked cables: US predicts Timor invasion, ‘keep us out of it’

The cables are an awkward footnote to the now surprising closeness of relations between Timor-Leste and Indonesia.

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Keating in the Kissinger cables — and the Maoists versus Omega

Defence matters vexed relations between Labor politicians and the US Government, the Kissinger cables reveal, even as Labor MPs vented their fury over the Dismissal to diplomats.

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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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