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It’s the sun, Joe …

Crikey readers have their say on the conflict in Iraq, Martin Ferguson and what’s really being said in the parliamentary chambers.

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Martin Ferguson’s revolving door puts energy industry in a spin

Martin Ferguson took up a position as head of natural resources for Seven Group Holdings just six months after retiring as energy and resources minister. Now he’s involved in Seven Group’s attempt to buy minnow Nexus — which got a lucrative lease while Ferguson was in government.

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The Dirty Dozen: Australia’s biggest climate foes, part 2

Who are the 12 people doing the most to block action on climate change in Australia? With a new government, and Australia’s emissions stubbornly high, we name and shame the second half of our fresh Dirty Dozen …

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Feeney under assault from all sides in Batman preselection

A high-profile mayor has entered Labor’s race for the safe seat of Batman. Senator David Feeney’s prospects of moving to the lower house are now taking blows from both sides.

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Battle for the cowl: Andrews staffer against PM pick Feeney in Batman

Chris Reilly, press secretary to Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, is looming as potential contender to replace retiring Batman MP Martin Ferguson.

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The slippery and convenient concept of ‘class warfare’

Class warfare” is a confected term sprayed about across the nation’s newspapers of late to shut down policy debate. But funny how it only applies to the rich …

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The strangely malleable legacy of the Hawke-Keating years

Labor figures who now invoke the Hawke-Keating legacy appear to have forgotten what actually happened back then. And if Labor really wants to embrace the H and K era, here’s what they should do on superannuation …

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Tips and rumours

Marn Ferguson heads to Timor to salvage gas deal … tax breaks for the boss’ boat engine … readers pan Abbott’s use of daughters as Crikey keeps track …

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Is Ferguson in a parallel universe or just the real world?

The present path is that China and India will be gobbling up all the growth in coal, and nearly all the growth in oil. Will we fight to combat climate change or make stacks of cash selling coal to Asia?

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Marn’s minimalist white paper goes the market way

The federal government’s energy white paper sensibly steers clear of government intervention and aims at getting markets working effectively. But there’s not much in it for players.

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Nuclear denied? Why the energy white paper should start a debate

Soon we’ll be mining uranium in Queensland, and selling it to India. Isn’t it about time we used it ourselves? Tony Wood from the Grattan Institute makes the case ahead of the energy white paper.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: the other election that will influence the world

The influence of China’s old guard looks like living on in the other election this week that is sure to influence the whole world. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reports that conservatives appear poised to dominate the Communist Party’s new leadership.

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Nuclear power costs are going up and up, Minister, not down

Contrary to what radioactive Minister Martin Ferguson might claim, the already high costs of nuclear power are growing higher amid delays and safety concerns.

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Will Canberra finally call time on the utilities’ snow job?

Could it be that the Australian government has finally woken up to the fact that it has been conned by the electricity industry in this country? Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy reports.

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Try not to kill the boom, Mr Ferguson

Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has talked down his own portfolio with a knee-jerk response to BHP’s Olympic Dam decision. James Kirby of Business Spectator reports.

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Why the federal government has failed at solar

The government will go to the 2013 election with not a single panel or heliostat installed from its $1.5 billion Solar Flagships program, first announced in 2009.

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Solar subsidies just the tip of energy policy confusion iceberg

Is it any wonder that Australia’s energy and climate change policy is in a permanent state of confusion, writes Dr Richard Denniss, executive director of Canberra-based think tank The Australia Institute.

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Indigenous community pleads with minister on NT nuclear dump

The federal government is pushing ahead with plans for a nuclear waste dump in the NT. But traditional owners of the site say claims they support the dump are false, writes Freya Cole.

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The energy paper’s peculiar logic about nuclear power

The draft energy white paper proposes that nuclear power could be a backstop power supply decades hence. But it takes some unusual twists of logic to do it.

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Crikey says: our energy future

The door is closing…I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for safety]. The door will be closed forever.”

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Will Australia miss the global solar boom?

Ferguson has mostly been interested in protecting the supply of fossil fuels or export or use at home, although he has shown an increasing interest in solar of late, writes Giles Parkinson from Climate Spectator.

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Governments’ failure to regulate is costing mining industry, taxpayers and environment

A failure to sensibly regulate the mining industry is compromising its productivity, the environment — and the electoral fortunes of the Labor government, writes Lionel Elmore, Crikey naturalist.

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Australia Network deal: is Mark Scott really in trouble?

How much trouble is ABC managing director Mark Scott facing over his lobbying on the Australian Network contract deal?

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Parkinson: a green light for renewables

At a recent discussion in Sydney about the prospect of nuclear energy in this country, Martin Ferguson reflected that Australia may have no choice but to go nuclear if it was unable to find a clean energy alternative, writes Giles Parkinson.

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$3.2b later, Ferguson loses in the ARENA of renewables

Martin Ferguson’s department has been stripped of responsibility for billions in renewables programs as the Greens demand greater certainty for the sector.

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