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The world is cooling, Abbott’s biz adviser insists. Bunkum

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Tony Abbott’s business guru Maurice Newman is still convinced the world is cooling. Here’s some facts to add to his case.

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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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Newman the dinosaur has some prehistoric ideas on labour market

Maurice Newman, Tony Abbott’s hand-picked business adviser, is misguided on Australia’s labour markets, according to former Labor adviser and Per Capita research fellow Stephen Koukoulas.

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No, Abbott, current budget woes are not Labor’s fault

The Abbott government and its mouthpieces are quick to blame current debt levels on the irresponsibility of the Rudd-Gillard government. Are they right?

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The problem with debt is we don’t have enough of it

Debt, debt, debt. It’s not the bogeyman; lifting government borrowings would be good for the economy. Let’s have an adult conversation about a topic the voters seem to be terrified of.

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Tips and rumours

Read all about Cory Bernardi’s new books … Campbell Newman pals up with bikies … Sydney burbs becoming ghettoes as landlords cash in …

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Business chiefs are gilding the lily on Abbott’s economy

Business types have been queuing up to laud their economic prospects under Tony Abbott. Look a little closer and you’ll find they’re not telling the full story. Crikey takes away the punchbowl.

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Tiger vows green future, but Newman’s got it by the tail

The appointment of Tony Abbott’s business adviser to the board of Tigerair has cast doubt on its green credentials. One renewables campaigner says it tarnishes the campaign.

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Liberal links to anti-wind farm fight multiply

Jeanette Newman, the wife of Tony Abbott’s business tsar, is involved in organising a rally against wind farms in NSW.

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The ABC funding fandango — same old same old

Almost 16 long, sometimes dark, years of Coalition-appointed ABC chairmen come to an end on Wednesday when Jim Spigelman claims the big-window office at Aunty, writes David Salter, journalist and former Media Watch EP.

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Monckton threatens to sue ABC, calls chairman a ‘shrimp’

Climate change denier Lord Christopher Monckton has threatened to sue the ABC and described its chairman Maurice Newman as a “shrimp-like wet little individual”, writes journalist Graham Readfearn.

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Balance on climate change reporting: where does it lie at the ABC?

The term “objective reporting” is thrown around newsrooms and in public life as though it were a simple thing, easy to judge and obtain, but recent events at the ABC have led to angst at the most senior levels.

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If Australia is the question, Poo is the answer

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Minding your ABCs in the climate change debate

Crikey readers weigh in on ABC chairman Maurice Newman and climate change (it never ends), Abbott’s baby bonus and public hospital reform plans.

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ABC chairman gives editorial independence a kick in the groin

With one speech, ABC chairman Maurice Newman has returned the national broadcaster to the days of having a politically interventionist board running a culture wars agenda.

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Maurice Newman’s pudding tastes a little off

Maurice Newman’s grubby comments about climate science reflect a denialist mentality that treats climate change as a game rather than a massive threat.

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Group think: a Crikey graph

ABC Chairman Maurice Newman believes “group think” is at work on climate change. Consider this graph…

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Boards: SBS keen on youth, ABC on the bottom line

Yesterday was the closing date for nominations for vacancies on the ABC and SBS boards, and although the “arm’s length” appointment process is independent, the parameters are still within the influence of the incumbents.

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