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Get Fact: how accurate is Ian Plimer’s new book?

The climate sceptics’ hero, Ian Plimer, has a new book out. Climate academic Ian McHugh fact-checks some of his claims about climate change. And did Plimer plagiarise?

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Green-Labor stupidity on fuel excise could be prevented with an X

Allowing at least part of the rise in fuel excise indexation through would be sensible long-term politics from Labor.

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Why selling a budget is far harder than in the days of Hawke and Howard

It’s no longer as easy as it once was to communicate difficult budgets, and that’s unlikely to change.

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Political donations: how Labor got crushed by the Liberal money machine

New political donation data shows how generous donors were to the Liberal Party as it closed in on victory. But we have to wait for the donations that came once Kevin Rudd returned (briefly) to power.

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Essential: government avoids fallout from Holden

Voters appear resigned to the fate of Holden and don’t blame the government for it — and Greens voters appear the most economically rationalist on the issue, Essential Research has found.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Washington Post says “something’s not quite right” with the US’s financial situation. Understatement of the year?

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Bob Brown on the Greens’ preference deals

Crikey readers have their say on the Julia Gillard interviews, the US shutdown and Greens preferences in the senate.

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Tips and rumours

Cranky K-Rudd makes an appearance in the make-up chair … The Age refuses to suspend subscriptions … Salary packaging firms go on the attack …

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The party’s over: which clubs have the most members?

Australia’s political parties are on the nose as they desperately try to sandbag dwindling membership. Crikey has investigated which parties, teams and clubs have the most members — and you might be surprised at the results.

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Our sordid triangle of xenophobia over 457 visas

Labor’s exploitation of the 457 visa issues is just part of an attempt by all three parties to exploit immigration fears. Politicians are accusing each other of being soft, as the immigration debate plumbs new depths.

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Essential: voters wondering about Greens, Coalition vote drops

Voters are becoming less hostile to the Greens, today’s Essential report shows — but they just don’t know what to make of Christine Milne.

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Greens again fail to match rhetoric with results

While the Greens’ federal vote remains solid, they have again underperformed at the state level as results come in from NSW and the NT.

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Essential: Labor voters torn about Greens, Assange support falls

Labor and Julia Gillard’s low support is stuck fast. And support for Julian Assange has fallen since he sought asylum with Ecuador.

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Melbourne by-election: five days to go

The upcoming Melbourne state by-election campaign has been sucked into the vortex of national politics, with journalists comparing the ALP vs Green state battle with their federal counterparts, says William Bowe.

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Why the Labor Right is off-beam on the Greens

The Labor Right’s attack on the Greens misses the point that disgruntled ex-Labor voters are only a part of the Greens’ electoral support. Labor can look to the Democrats for that.

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Time to call the asylum seeker ‘impasse’ what it really is

There is no “impasse” on asylum seekers, there is only bloodyminded evil from the Coalition.

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Politicians should focus on post-diversity challenges in media

Attempts to regulate media diversity miss the point that there may be little diversity left to regulate.

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Milne reprises key themes in budget reply

Christine Milne has reiterated her commitment to moving the economic focus to households and quality of life in her budget reply.

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The Greens, business and the art of fiscal discipline

The Greens are apparently fiscally irresponsible and yet too disciplined, depending on which business group you ask.

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Greens will survive the Brown-out

There’s something cruelly ironic about the departure of Bob Brown.

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Brown: our most successful third-party pollie

Bob Brown ends his long and successful parliamentary career with the Greens at the peak of their power. Christine Milne has been handed awesome responsibility.

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Behind the seams: Lock the Gate unites cockies, blockies, croppers and greenies

The Lock the Gate movement is an alliance between progressives and conservatives, left and right, city and country, farmers and environmentalists. Activist Drew Hutton explains why.

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OurSay: euthanasia — and get rid of Dixers, Bandt says

Greens MP Adam Bandt will ask a parliamentary question on euthanasia next week, the outcome of the Our Say People’s Question project.

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Keane: major parties squib lobbying reforms

A Senate committee has quietly omitted the public interest from its consideration of how lobbying is currently regulated.

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Electoral funding figures show Labor’s donations collapse

Labor’s donations advantage vanished at the 2010 election, new data from the Australian Electoral Commission shows.

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