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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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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Henderson: Balibo no historical document

The film Balibo should not be represented as historical fact, as it’s criticism of Australian government and institutions is unjustified, writes Gerard Henderson.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

The art of the opposition: focus on the government

History says Kevin Rudd will serve two terms. If the opposition wants to be a suitable alternative for voters, they need to make the government the issue, not themselves.

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The Australian | UNCATEGORIZED|

Labor’s big show not just for true believers

ALP conferences aren’t as wild as the days of Gough Whitlam, but they are appealing to a different crowd now. “Labor might have got boring, but it has got better”, writes Christian Kerr.

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Calling for a government restructure to address Aboriginal issues

The one size fits all approach of the intervention is plainly inappropriate to societies as diverse as Indigenous Australia, writes Mungo MacCallum.

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A brief history of props in Federal Parliament

Politicians from both sides have a long democratic tradition of treating Parliament contemptuously.

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Turnbull can’t hold a candle to Saint Kevin

Malcolm Turnbull may or may not be an expert in telecommunications, but he is rapidly becoming one on unsaleable products.

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Defence is simply too big for Nick Warner

Of course Nick Warner is the wrong man for the job of Secretary of the Defence Department. That’s because the job is beyond any single individual, and certainly beyond any single Minister, writes Bernard Keane.

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Mungo: This is not Howard’s Australia. Praise be.

When you change the government, you change the country. So, after a year of Labor, how is Australia different? asks Mungo MacCallum.

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The most financially incompetent government since federation

The run on the mortgage funds — funds which support vast numbers of self funded retirees — was created by the Rudd government, writes David Flint.

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Richard Farmer’s political bite-sized meaty chunks

The too hard basket is a wonderful thing … Do as I say not as we do … Guess who featured in that foreign policy speech … Memories of Gough … A batch of election indicators …

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