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Attack-mode Abbott raises the tariff walls against foreigners

Tony Abbott is now incapable of any response to policy issues other than attack. Now he’s turned his sights on foreign investment.

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Direct Action is ‘intergenerational theft’ — just ask Peter Costello

Climate change is the ultimate form of intergenerational theft — and Joe Hockey is making it worse.

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O’Brien: we’re asking the wrong questions about Ferguson’s Hockey interview

Former host and interviewer for 7.30 Kerry O’Brien says criticisms like Colleen Ryan’s risk creating a climate of self-censorship, sanitisation and timidity at the ABC.

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Press gallery veterans back Ferguson’s ‘blood on your hands’ moment

Fairfax journalist Colleen Ryan has suggested 7.30 host Sarah Ferguson was ‘disrespectful’ to Joe Hockey on budget night last year. But press gallery veterans say it was a great question.

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No more low-hanging fruit for economic reform, but bold opportunities await

There are plenty of economic reform opportunities that don’t come with political pain, if politicians, commentators and business are prepared to look for them, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Vultures circle Joe as he lashes out at Treasury

Joe Hockey is struggling to keep his job and is clinging to a budget now abandoned even by his leader.

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Economic ‘green shoots’ vanishing fast despite Abbott’s spin

The Prime Minister’s claims about the economy are clearly contradicted by the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut interest rates. It’s time he was honest with voters, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Abbott — out of touch, out of luck, out of time

Tony Abbott is continuing to make missteps and display poor judgment in spite of holding off an attempt to unseat him.

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Where are all these jobs Abbott is supposedly creating?

Tony Abbott is right to say the government is creating 4000 jobs a week. But are they real jobs, and are they in the areas Australia needs?

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Who supports Abbott, who wants to roll him, and who’s not saying

Some backbenchers are in open revolt against the PM, while some are maintaining tense-shouldered solidarity. Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian runs the numbers

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Joe must go: Hockey is harming the economy and undermining the RBA

Joe Hockey has damaged the independence of the Reserve Bank and left the economy in trouble as bad times loom, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Libs give us illusion of choice, but leave the same bad taste

Don’t fall for the label on the can — no matter who’s in charge, the Liberal Party’s unjust equations will hurt us all.

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RBA’s ‘prudent course’ dumped in Tony and Joe’s economic mire

The Reserve Bank’s panic move to reverse course on interest rates demonstrates how much impact the goverment’s woes have had on the real economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Remember Labor’s ‘skyrocketing debt’? The Coalition’s is much worse

The “grown-ups” of the Abbott government were big on rhetoric but not so big on delivery when it came to reducing the debt. Freelance journalist Alan Austin runs the numbers.

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What if all ministers were health ministers?

If government is in the business of creating healthy, productive citizens in a healthy, productive society, why shouldn’t every minister include health in his or her portfolio? GP and writer Tim Senior explains.

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iSentia index: Queensland, Manus Island and #Tay4Hottest100

It’s been a rough week for Labor’s campaign in Queensland, with leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s media profile shrinking compared to last week.

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How low-income earners could save Joe Hockey’s neck

Low-income earners could be the key to a stronger economy if they spend the benefit of a fall in oil prices.

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Will the Liberal leadership endgame play out sooner than expected?

The Medicare backflip has the government beginning 2015 as it ended 2014. If this keeps up, the Liberal leadership question will emerge sooner rather than later.

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iSentia Index: health policy still a trouble spot for the federal govt

The snap Queensland election has woken the media from its summer slumber, but will the federal government appreciate the extra attention?

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Essential: voters overwhelmingly reject penalty rates cuts

Voters resoundingly denounce changes to penalty rates, while Bill Shorten surges ahead in politics of personality.

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Bushfires, health and climate change — a doctor’s view from the SA fires

The Abbott government’s blind denial of climate change leaves Australia unprepared to cope with the increasing costs of natural disasters, writes honorary secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia Dr David Shearman.

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Adam Schwab’s business winners and losers of 2014

From spectacular collapses to executives who never give up, 2014 was a busy year in the business pages. Let’s look at those who made it all possible.

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Business as usual not enough in a disappointing MYEFO

With deficits as far as the eye can see, the government needs to work out how to encourage business investment. Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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MYEFO by the numbers: economic rocks ahead

Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a serious deterioration in revenue in the latest budget update.

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The 2014 Crikeys: Ludlam top in a year of duds

With the government badly faltering, its best performers have come from outside domestic policy, while one non-major party politician combined mongrel with policy skill.

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