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Brough, Jones, Riewoldt, Albrechtsen: our most sexist crowned

It’s a gong no one wants, the Ernie awards for sexist remarks have been dished out over an evening at NSW Parliament.

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It’s Slipper v Brough, a battle of Shakespearean ennui

Freelance journalist James Rose is in the infamous seat of Fisher, with Peter Slipper on one side, Mal Brough on the other and apathy as far as the eye can see in between.

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Bad taste: Brough’s bill of misogynystic fare

Mal Brough’s remarkable offensive misjudgment has overshadowed a misjudgment for the Prime Minister that might have proved costly.

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Poll Bludger’s Seat of the Week: Fisher

Despite an avalanche of controversy, polling indicates Mal Brough will have little trouble winning the Sunshine Coast seat of Fisher from its equally contentious incumbent, Peter Slipper, writes William Bowe.

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Tips and rumours

Where’s Mal Brough, and where’s Campbell Newman? … UNSW hacked … changes at TT …

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Crikey Calling #4: the Peter Slipper affair

In this week’s Christmas party hangover edition of Crikey Calling, Bernard is joined by editor Jason Whittaker and deputy editor Cathy Alexander to talk about the fallout from the Peter Slipper-James Ashby ruling and also predict what might happen in federal politics in 2013.

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Coalition with questions to answer

Crikey readers weigh in.

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Brough justice: Mal can’t slip the net on Slipper campaign

What if the standards invoked by the opposition in regards to Julia Gillard were applied to themselves? Surely they would not let Brough, who a judge has found was a willing party to an abuse of process, continue as its preselected candidate for Fisher.

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Ashby v Slipper: court dismissal and no winners — least of all taxpayers

There have been no winners from the James Ashby v Peter Slipper sexual harassment case, which was thrown out of the Federal Court this morning. Crikey was in court for the verdict.

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Chris Graham: Brough is back, with a record of failure

There’s a broad expectation that Mal Brough will walk straight back into the ministry if he wins Fisher. And there’s widespread fear in black Australia that the portfolio will be Aboriginal affairs.

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Ashby is no Grech moment…unless you’re Mal Brough

The Ashby saga is unlikely to do much damage to the opposition but it will do plenty to Mal Brough, once touted as a future leader.

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NT prescribed communities: not normalised, exited, eliminated

Global evidence suggests that stronger futures for Aboriginal people will require more self-determination, writes professor Jon Altman of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

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Sorry Macklin, but we need a new Indigenous Affairs minister

Kevin Rudd has become an expert in paying lip service to symbolic indigenous issues but his government is failing with the NT intervention and its many faults, writes John Tomlinson. Time to look outside the box?

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Yuendumu to Macklin: ‘We don’t want this intervention’

Aboriginal affairs minister Jenny Macklin was yesterday given a statement signed by 236 members of the 914-strong Yuendumu community.

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NT intervention: Macklin ignores review board in favour of anecdotes

Minister Macklin has responded very swiftly to reject the key recommendation of the NTER Review Board that she appointed, writes Jon Altman.

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QLD Nationals change the locks on Liberals

Boy, when the Nationals move in, they really move in, don’t they? They’re like party guests who sell your house from under you, writes Bernard Keane.

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The Costello Memoir Part 1: the last Howard Budget

Somebody needed to stand up to Howard and rein in his 2007 budget plans. Unfortunately, Nick Minchin said nothing.” A first exclusive peak at the Peter Costello memoirs.

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The Queensland merger

The Liberal-National merger is likely to be ratified by the Federal Liberal Party as early as this week, according to Liberal sources, writes Bernard Keane.

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Merger II: ads get the Brough end of the pineapple

So arrogant have the Queensland Nationals been in assuming the merger with the Liberals was a done deal that they went ahead and commissioned and booked “Liberal National Party” advertising for next week. With one slight problem — they didn’t tell the Liberals, writes Bernard Keane.

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Merger I: Libs and Nats descend into complete chaos

The Queensland Liberals are self-destructing before our eyes following last night’s remarkable State Council meeting, with pro-merger forces set to leave the party and join the Nationals’ new venture, writes Bernard Keane.

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Between a Brough and a hard place

The Nationals were happy to sign up for a Liberal merger two years ago - is paranoia about Mal Brough the only thing standing in the way this time? Bernard Keane writes.

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Lib/Nat merger: Santoro rises from the ashes to be really annoying

Brough’s proposal that Shane Stone come in as a compromise president for the new Liberal National Party was rejected by the Nationals because Stone was unacceptable to Liberal factional chief Santo Santoro. Remember him? writes Bernard Keane.

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NT intervention leak: a year on, it’s a shambles

Crikey has been leaked a weekly progress report on the Northern Territory Intervention. Progress is slow. And costly. Sophie Black reports.

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On Saturday, it will be a year since the Northern Territory intervention. It’s a pretty good time to reflect…

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QLD Libs won’t applaud the Nats’ proposed constitution

The more Queensland Liberals look at the draft Liberal National Party constitution, the less likely they are to vote for it, writes Bernard Keane.

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