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iSentia index: the great disconnect edition

Are voters really turning against the Abbott government? The polls say yes, but there might be something bigger at play here.

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Pensions, superannuation and the Education of Joe

A debate on changes to the retirement age is welcome, but it’s more complicated than it appears, according to Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer. And watch out for vested interests …

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It’s not all about GST: why land tax should be on Hockey’s agenda

Most economists agree that indirect taxes are the future. But while GST gets all the political oxygen, it’s land tax where the real opportunity lies, writes economist and journalist Jason Murphy.

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Something’s rotten in the state of Treasury

Crikey readers talk Sophie Mirabella, what we should do about regulation and why Joe Hockey needs to do the budget with the windows open.

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Fiscal fools: give us a break on the budget BS, Joe

Joe Hockey’s pre-budget spinning has veered into outright falsehoods as he attempts to claim Labor has boobytrapped the budget. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Media briefs: News results … dissing honours … indigenous secrets? …

In all the navel-gazing last week about the Murdoch sons’ movements, something was missing: News Corp and 21st Century Fox shares are declining. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Yanzhou walks, taking our foreign investment credibility with it

After successfully lobbying to overturn the conditions of its foreign investment approval, Chinese coal major Yanzhou has abandoned its takeover of Yancoal, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Transfield doesn’t deserve to be rewarded

Crikey readers talk the Transfield protest, Hockey’s underplaying our economic success and the myth of oppressive penalty rates.

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Cheer up, Joe: why the economy is doing better than Hockey says

The recent series of economic data illustrate the flaws in the government’s economic narrative, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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GDP data: while Hockey lamented, the economy picked up

The economy picked up in the December quarter, confirming that the picture painted by Joe Hockey last year was far worse than reality, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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As Abbott cuts Qantas adrift, look to the airline share registers

For all the gnashing of teeth and exhortations to action, the government has done very little about Qantas — other than allowing Virgin to unfairly stack the deck.

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Coalition takes a brave stand on Labor’s territory of jobs

The Coalition is doing the right thing on industry handouts, but it is playing to Labor’s strength with voters. The opposition is ahead in the polls because voters are worried about jobs.

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Capex figures makes Hockey’s budget challenge that much harder

Yesterday’s private capital expenditure figures make for terrible reading — especially if you have a budget to prepare, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Hockey’s spending challenge: stop it getting worse first

Joe Hockey’s task in reining in spending on health, education and welfare is first to prevent the Coalition’s policies from making it worse.

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Media briefs: Mitchell nails it … Hockey misquoted? … exclusive watch …

Chris Mitchell to Paul Barry: I’ll nail you … Hockey cries misquoted — you be the judge … New Zealand Herald columnist attacks Charlotte Dawson …

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Never mind growth goals, Hockey’s G20 performance is what counts

The growth forecasts of the weekend G20 meeting are unlikely to hold, but Joe Hockey’s good performance is what matters for Australia anyway, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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We’re old enough (but wise enough?) to make tough decisions on pension

The aged pension is increasingly unsustainable. And raising the age is only one reform Joe Hockey should be looking at if he’s serious about “intergenerational theft”, says economist Leith van Onselen.

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Tips and rumours

Major data breach puts asylum seekers at risk … Graft, greed and corruption at Manus … Did Hockey’s bluster drive Toyota out? …

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Not transitioning, drowning

Crikey readers talk wages growth, Fairfax deadlines and the coal companies getting government money.

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Wages non-growth and austerity potential traps for the economy

Weak wage growth and soft public demand could yet leave us stranded as we look for new sources of economic growth, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Ageing blueprint back on track — panel re-formed outside govt

A national advisory panel on positive ageing has reformed outside of government to continue the policy work of preparing for ageing population, write Everald Compton and Emily Millane.

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Mayne: conflicts of interest and the financial services inquiry

Is there a potential conflict of interest for former Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray when he conducts a review of Australia’s financial system?

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The rebalancing act: why iron ore is giving Hockey headaches

Joe Hockey may have to go back to the numbers on iron ore. The decline in prices is accelerating, making his assumptions on returns out of whack.

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Make pollies pay for full price for their sangas

Crikey readers talk politicians’ entitlements, why the film industry subsidy is a rort and privacy and healthcare.

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How the age of entitlement is being restored for the Liberals’ friends

Declaring that the age of entitlement is over makes sense as long as voters believe it’s fair. But the government is being anything but.

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