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When John Howard was asked why he went to war on false premise

As protesters gathered outside, John Howard spoke in Sydney last night on the decision to go to war on Iraq. Here’s what happened when he was asked why he made that decision without proof, and in defiance of the UN Security Council.

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John Howard’s still lying about Iraq invasion

John Howard is still defending the war in Iraq, and his speech to to the Lowy Institute is full of lies. Will nobody pull him up on the continuing falsehoods?

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A Baroness dies, but the fiction of Thatcherism lives on

Margaret Thatcher is dead. Forget the the fiction that Thatcherism was the only way to modernise a Western economy — it was a second-rate, shoddy approach that left British neighbourhoods in ruins.

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Murdoch, Abbott, Rinehart, Bolt: Tory-fest in Melbourne tonight

The leading lights of Australia’s Right-leaning power clique are converging on Melbourne for a gala dinner tonight: from Rupert Murdoch to Andrew Bolt and, of course, Tony Abbott. Read about the big do here.

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The 15 shades of Gary Gray — Labor on the edge of the abyss

What’s wrong with Labor? Well, everything … but here are at least 15 of the reasons. Let’s start with Gary Gray.

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Labor leadership — it’s not just about September 14

Labor’s leadership troubles aren’t just about the coming election but the subsequent election — and Kevin Rudd might have his eye much farther down the track.

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Does the Labor narrative narrative stand up?

We all complain Labor lacks a narrative. But what if positive narratives are now impossible to effectively communicate? Look overseas and it may well be the case.

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Myth of Coalition govts: Howard the biggest spender of all

There’s a perception the Coalition are better at cutting spending than Labor, but the Rudd and Gillard governments have cut spending significantly. John Howard was the big spender, says Stephen Koukoulas.

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Howard, Honan and myth of parliamentary accountability

Julia Gillard is now under fire for taking questions on the AWU issue at a press conference — apparently she’s avoiding Parliament. That argument is nonsense: John Howard misled Parliament and got away with it.

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Jane Caro: why Margie Abbott is bloody revolutionary

Margie and Tony Abbott are more than welcome to join the ranks of the feminists. And the fact that they want to do so speaks volumes for the comeback of a movement written off by John Howard.

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The history curriculum debate: back to the Howard future?

John Howard has reignited the history wars with his intervention last week into school curriculum. It’s the ages-old debate that just doesn’t ever go away.

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Gillard mustn’t bruise a budget surplus

In light of favourable polls, Labor may be tempted to soften its budget stance. This would be a mistake, says Stephen Koukoulas of Business Spectator, not least because of the flow-on effect of higher interest rates.

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When it comes to WorkChoices, Abbott can’t take a trick

Tony Abbott can’t turn a trick on IR — he’s in trouble no matter what he says, and plenty of it is friendly fire.

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The benefits of diversity, cultural and intellectual

With the Gillard government being consistently outgunned and just plain monstered in public debate, it has more cause than ever to regret the departure of former finance minister Lindsay Tanner.

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My blood is boiling with disappointment

Crikey readers have their say.

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East Timor independence and the reinvention of history

Ten years on from independence, East Timor still has plenty of problems. But progress is being made. And Australia’s role is no longer questioned.

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Come in Spinner: a new narrative for Julia Gillard

Australians pride themselves on their resilience and the belief in our resilience is so strong that it can be used as a basis for a national narrative.

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Wielding power in Canberra, a how-to

Today Bernard Keane kicks off his series on the nature of power in Canberra, and who wields it, for The Power Index.

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Queensland election: what happened on Saturday and why

Now then, to what happened on Saturday and why. The following list is by no means exhaustive.

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Mayne: Packer’s ill timed donation to Bob comes back to bite

While young Packer appears to have moved away from Scientology since his father’s death in late 2005, the puzzling ebbs and flows of his political associations are a little harder to fathom — Bob Katter being the latest.

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Kohler: trouble in a carry trade paradise

Keynesian purists are all clutching their foreheads, but actually it’s pretty fabulous that Australia’s politicians are competing with each other to promise budget surpluses.

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Abbott’s nostalgia for Howard’s Oz is no basis for an economic policy

Nostalgia is a fine political tool if you can use it and half his luck if Abbott can make it work for him. But it’s no basis for an economic policy.

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Essential: we like our local BER, and Howard’s the best PM

Parents like the BER program and think it benefited their children’s school, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Mike Stuchbery | FEDERAL|

Why Howard flunks the test on teachers and schools

Teachers are not people, per se, but politically Left chalk outlines madly cooking up hysteria about climate change. At least that seems to be the opinion of John Howard, who needs to take a chill pill and cop a dose of reality, writes Mike Stuchbery.

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Politically Homeless | FEDERAL|

The politics of playing against type

John Howard advocating the leftist cause of Timor Leste, Julia Gillard campaigning against gay marriage — sometimes politicians can surprise us by defying our expectations, writes Politically Homeless.

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