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Rundle: can the current sleazy crew of chancers hold on the UK?

David Cameron should have this election sewn up. But the Tories have the problem of convincing voters to like them, and thus far it has not been a roaring success.

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Rundle: what will become of Sanaa when the fighting ends?

One of the great masterpieces of the world is the centre of heavy fighting in Yemen. Who knows what we will find when the smoke clears …

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Rundle: the dark side to Mia Freedman’s life blather

Mia Friedman has written a long article about her anxiety and the marvelous medicine that cures it. But she doesn’t mention all those silly side effects — like coma, convulsions and possibly death.

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Rundle: Fraser’s great act of courage

Malcolm Fraser made a remarkable journey from Right to Left, and if it was incomplete, partial, contradictory, it is no less brave.

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Rundle: farewell to Fraser, a political exile and the last of his kind

Malcolm Fraser’s journey from upper-crust Liberal to Greens-supporting Leftie managed to alienate just about everyone.

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Rundle: Abbott’s Goebbels gaffe sticks to the script

Tony Abbott follows a strict three-step process to cocking up — and all three were in evidence yesterday with his Goebbels remark.

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Rundle: what we can do now to save Chan and Sukumaran

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could be granted a few more months before their executions. Those who want to campaign for them should not let this time go to waste.

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Rundle: the Tony Abbott guide to cock-ups in three easy steps

With his Paddy’s Day address, Abbott managed to insult a people who are quite happy to acknowledge that they’re drunks.

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Rundle: one cheer for Clive, unlikely saviour of the Left

It was Clive Palmer who stopped the government passing its disastrous budget, so stop dancing on his political grave.

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‘Soft totalitarianism?’ What Rundle gets wrong about constitutional recognition

The campaign for Aboriginal recognition in the Australian constitution is an important one with real-world consequences — no matter what Guy Rundle says, writes Tanya Hosch, Recognise joint campaign director

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Rundle: what Abbott means by ‘lifestyle choice’

As a staunch Catholic, Tony Abbott genuinely believes non-Christian societies are inferior. And that is manifesting itself in the closing of 100 WA communities.

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Media briefs: inside the Daily Mail … Bolt Bolt Bolt … how to make money in TV …

ITV delivers profits Australia’s TV stations can only look upon in envy. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Rundle: Crosby, swill and trash

Lynton Crosby is pulling out all the stops for the Tories in the UK. And, in this case, the stops include xenophobic dog whistles and taking on the teachers.

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Rundle: the Right roadkill on the way to a new republic

Guess what? The Australian people actually like the human rights commission and Gillian Triggs, and News Corp and the Right find themselves on the wrong side of history.

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Rundle: imploding Right in its Winter Palace turns against the people

Desperate, the Right has fallen back on national security fears and blaming “the mob” for its many misfortunes.

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Rundle: we are watching the throes of a dying govt, and it is so good

Like Howard in 2007, Abbott is politically dead — he just doesn’t seem to have noticed yet.

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Rundle: Greece gives Germany the finger and hunkers down for the blitz

Greece has decided to stick it to the EU and extend its current loan arrangement. Germany says “nein”. Who will blink first?

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Rundle: what ‘political correctness’ means in 2015

Why is that most ’90s of terms, “political correctness”, back in public discourse?

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How media beat-ups hurt tourism

Crikey readers have their say on Guy Rundle’s prose, the nitty gritty of superannuation and other issues of the day.

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Rundle: defence of refugees begins at Gillian Triggs

Anyone who wants to stand up for the humane treatment of asylum seekers must defend Gillian Triggs from horrific attacks from the Right. And Crikey’s writer-at-large has some ideas on just how to do it.

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Rundle: understanding anti-vaxxers

The anti-vaxx crowd are wrong, but that does not mean they are irrational.

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Rundle: how to make real progress on Closing the Gap

The stagnant problems that “Close the Gap” has identified are either extremely complex and multidimensional, or they are simple and being made complex by the notion that they can be solved without the application of sufficient money to solve them.

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Rundle: how the Labor party could reinvent itself — and save Australian politics

By believing that there is no other way to have big transformative ideas other than they be collective and class-based, Labor is missing out on the move it needs to make to transform itself into an agenda-setting party.

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Rundle: if Abbott goes, Labor will have to do some serious soul-searching

Labor has had 16 months to define itself as something other than just “not Abbott”. So far, it has come up empty.

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Rundle: why they can’t roll Abbott, Australia’s David Brent

Tony Abbott is living in a nonsensical world of his own creation, but his colleagues will find it difficult to force him out now.

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