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Tips and rumours

The PM believes in radio … working for the dole as a journo … preference gossip in Victoria …

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Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Joe

The final outcome for the 2013-14 budget has little to do with a long-departed Treasurer but may yet echo through Joe Hockey’s future budgets, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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End of the mining tax guarantees more tax for the poor

The government’s delay in lifting compulsory super contributions means low and middle income earners will pay more tax.

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Rundle: Clive runs riot as Abbott holds his breath

This was meant to be the Abbott government’s fortnight of triumph, repealing carbon tax and mining tax hand-in-hand with the newbie senators. But Palmer had other ideas …

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Cormann lashes out but the FOFA pain may just be beginning

While the government rails at the industry superannuation sector, Labor is contemplating a second-best option when it comes to the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal.

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Regulation by mateship — Ian and Mathias show the way in financial planning

We’re headed for an era of mateship-based regulation in financial planning, in which the big banks will get away with as much as they can until governments decide it’s politically unpalatable.

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CommBank prepares desperate campaign to restore credibility

Desperate to salvage its financial planning reputation, the Commonwealth Bank is preparing a major campaign targeting victims of its financial planning arm.

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iSentia index: sport and foreign affairs dominate discussion

A big week for sports fans made for a quiet week politically — the first one since the budget was delivered.

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How the government bumbled into a budget disaster

A series of errors by the government’s strategists have turned the 2014 budget into a political disaster. The narrative has gotten away from Tony Abbott.

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iSentia index: budget, Border Force and Beyonce

It was Joe Hockey’s week in the sun, with the release of his first federal budget.

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Did the pensioners save financial consumer protection?

Opposition from two key groups created a major impediment to the government’s repeal of FOFA. And both, surprisingly, are Coalition heartland.

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Banks get what they paid for on ‘consumer protection’

Mathias Cormann enjoys the confidence of the last remaining supporter of the repeal of FOFA — $10,000 worth of it.

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The ‘meh’ economy: more flat news from the statisticians

The Australian economy marked time at the end of the financial year and into the new one. The transition from the mining boom is by no means assured.

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What happened to Swan’s surplus? Now we know

The Final Budget Outcome for 2012-13 shows how Wayne Swan’s surplus commitment fell apart - and why he was right to walk away from it.

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Coalition changes its self-managed super tune as regulators fret

The concerted warnings by regulators about the over-exposure of the self-managed super sector to property present a significant challenge for the new government, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Best time to release MYEFO? Depends when you ask

By the Coalition’s own arguments, the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook should be released at the usual time. Is there a good reason to wait until after Christmas?

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iSentia index: Kevin who? Albo, Shorten in media spotlight now

Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten got almost as much press as Tony Abbott this week, as the media is not finished with ALP leadership speculation.

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ABC #budgies tweets — left-wing conspiracy or just going with the flow?

What’s in a Twitter hashtag? An example of institutional ABC bias when the ABC used #budgies, according to one Liberal Party senator, sparking a new debate on news and social media.

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Inside the Liberal Senators infighting

Eric Abetz is expected to be named as Nick Minchin’s replacement as Senate leader, but fighting has broken out over the deputy position. Will the conservative Mathias Cormann beat the moderate George Brandis? asks Latika Bourke.

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Iguanagate goes on tour?

A fresh tip about Belinda Neal and John Della Bosca’s latest endeavours. Plus a look at the DMO’s inner workings and questions raised over News Limited’s circulation figures.

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