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Crikey playlist: don’t stop thinking about your campaign song

We take a look at the good, the bad and the (litigiously) ugly of political campaign songs. While Aussie pollies have been reluctant to use pop singers, the playlist for UK and US campaigns rocks.

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When’s a good time to introduce a great big new tax?

The chorus has been building for months from Coalition figures across the country: “now is not the time to introduce a carbon tax”. But if now’s a bad time to introduce a new tax, 2000 was much worse.

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Bomber moves to centre stage

For Kim Beazley all this speculation about US spy drones and Australian islands must be manna from heaven.

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Another Beazley jnr set to step up to the political plate?

The name Beazley could once again grace the green leather of an Australian parliament with Kim Beazley’s daughter Hannah being vigorously bandied about ahead of WA Labor’s 2013 preselection round.

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Tanya Plibersek takes the pledge

Citizenship is a birthright; reciting or refusing to recite a pledge of allegiance would make zero difference to that.

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The WikiLeaks Australian cable dump: choice picks

Wikileaks’s latest cables offer a particularly revealing insight into the way Alexander Downer and some of his officals conducted themselves when he was Foreign Minister.

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Richardson: elections aren’t always what they seem

Ollanta Humala is the legitimate president-elect of Peru, and he’s entitled to make what he can of his opportunity. If he succeeds, this could be remembered as the time his country made a decisive choice.

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Latham: Gerard Henderson suffers from chronic corresponditis

I worry about Gerard Henderson, really. He has a chronic case of corresponditis — the inability, at the end of a protracted exchange of letters, to allow his correspondent to have the last word, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

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Placards not the only thing on display as the denialists gather

The gathering of climate denialists in Canberra yesterday was notable for its age and monoculturalism, and for why they remain a problem for the Liberal Party.

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Another vintage ‘let’s get Rudd’ story

Rudd’s not a gatecrasher, a DFAT source says. His enemies, and there are many, should get over him and let him get on with his job and his life.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Shanahan: Labor back in Beazley territory

Yes, Tony Abbott’s maintains high levels of personal dissatisfaction with voters, but he is slowly narrowing the gap of preferred prime minister, says Dennis Shanahan.

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Poll Bludger’s Election 2010 preview, Part 1: WA — the state of excitement!

Will history prove again that Western Australia is a problem for the ALP? Get your wonk on in this, the first in a preview series from Poll Bludger’s William Bowe on the upcoming Federal election…

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Online Opinion | FEDERAL|

Ding dong, the ALP is dead

The ALP is a shell of its former self, a power hungry Faux-Labor Party that lacks vision, writes Geoff Davies. We thought Kevin Rudd would save the ALP, but from asylum seekers to climate change, he just digs its grave deeper.

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The Daily Telegraph | FEDERAL|

Penberthy: Next stop, Kevin Rudd the musical

Kevin Rudd’s personal style is making his health reform plans terminal. Rudd’s setting himself to be the next Paul Keating: the popular PM who couldn’t convince voters of challenging ideas, says David Penberthy.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

When will Beazley realise he isn’t a pollie now?

Why do we keep having Australian ambassadors as ex-politicians? asks Jim Molan. Kim Beazley in Washington shouldn’t be talking so candidly about the war in Afghanistan since it’s such a tense issue between the US and Australia.

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ABC | FEDERAL|

Marieke Hardy: That loveable perennial loser, Kim Beazley

Kim Beazley seems like such a lovely chap — intelligent, yet cuddly — except he always stumbles at the last hurdle. His wheelchair photos in the Oval Office are ripe for ridiculing, says Marieke Hardy.

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Great myths in Australian politics: GST almost cost Howard ’98 election

The GST didn’t nearly lose John Howard the election in 1998, instead it’s the only reason he stayed in office. Just check out the Newspoll ratings before the GST announcement, says Stephen Spencer.

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ABC | FEDERAL|

Fran Kelly: Fight, fight, fight, fight… Abbott’s itching for one

Former boxer and current Liberal leader Tony Abbott may be chomping at the bit for an election battle, but a look at Labor history shows aggressive Oppositions don’t win elections, notes Fran Kelly. Remember Mark Latham?

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My trip to the Parliamentary Press Gallery: day one

The truth about Shantung Lamb … it’s delicious!

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Herald Sun | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Oakes: Tough talking Rudd misses the real baddies

Rather than “beating the anti-asylum seeker drum’, Kevin Rudd should criticise the Sri Lankan government for their treatment of Tamils. That might improve conditions and decrease refugees, argues Laurie Oakes.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Big tick for Beazley/Nelson
appointments

This week’s Essential Report comes in with a two-party preferred vote of 59-41 -– a 1-point gain to the ALP — and finds Aussies give a thumbs-up to Brendan Nelson and Kim Beazley’s ambassadorial appointments.

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The Piping Shrike | FEDERAL|

Environment shouldn’t be a ball in political game

The latest Newspoll tells the real double dissolution story: the electorate wants an Emissions Trading Scheme but it doesn’t want an early election over it.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Inside the inner Rudd sanctum

The design of the parliamentary office of PM Kevin Rudd’s inner circle says much about the power factions of the Rudd government. Mark Davis examines who sits where.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Hartcher: Rudd plays nicely with the other team

Australian pollies aren’t known for their bipartisanship, although PM Kevin Rudd is changing that with his latest ambassadorial postings. Or, is Rudd just forward planning for his own career? asks Peter Hartcher.

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Fair shares: Nelson gets the EU, Beazley gets US

In another deft display of bipartisanship, Kevin Rudd has immediately followed Brendan Nelson’s farewell to Parliament with a surprise announcement that the former Opposition Leader will be appointed EU and NATO Ambassador.

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