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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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We should have kept the mining tax

D-Day for democracy? Maire Mannik writes: Re. “The Prime Minister goes on manoeuvres for D-Day” (yesterday). The D-Day landings were for many things but democracy was not one of them. Women in France did not get the vote until after the war, so hardly a democracy. Ironically, women in Germany achieved the vote in 1918. How the […]

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Who shares the burden in Hockey’s morality play?

Joe Hockey says the burden of repairing the budget will be shared by everyone. His government’s decisions suggest that’s not the case.

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Minerals Council raked over the coals for troubled PR campaign

The Minerals Council has a new pro-coal PR campaign, but it seems to be a flop. We factcheck “Australians for Coal”.

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Parkinson leaves the rich out of talk of fiscal sustainability

A debate about the sustainability of our tax system should start with fixing existing taxes before we increase them or create new ones, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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The tough life of Australian companies under the carbon price

Australian companies are doing very nicely, thank you, despite the apparent burden of a carbon price. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer find that the alarmism surrounding the carbon tax is rubbish.

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The Power 50: taking care of business

Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, is the top businessperson on Crikey’s Power 50 list. Fellow miner Twiggy Forrest also makes an appearance, and media mogul James Packer is moving up in the world (and the rankings).

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The reality behind the rhetoric to get rid of the mining tax is now becoming apparent — state governments still get the money.

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Sovereign risk at last? WA Premier threatens Browse venture

If you’re looking for sovereign risk in the resources sector, look no further than Colin Barnett’s threat to shutter the Browse project. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Trickle-down rubbish

Crikey readers talk Michael Danby’s Israeli leanings, why corporations need to pay their fair share of tax and the ludicrous prospect of trickle-down economics.

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How will Rudd, rebooted, use an unlimited policy palette?

Kevin Rudd comes to the prime ministership with a free hand, both on an election date and on policy. He’ll use it to maximum advantage to claw back votes from Tony Abbott.

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Toxic Labor brand cost WA’s Mark McGowan his chance

While WA Labor leader Mark McGowan out-campaigned the Premier, Labor suffered a huge swing. Former WA Liberal (and Independent Liberal) senator Noel Crichton-Browne points the finger at federal Labor — and the Nationals.

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Could Rudd get a rematch with the miners? The radical ALP play

Kevin Rudd is crowing his mining tax would have collected more revenue. But could he try again — and save Labor in the process? David Llewellyn-Smith at MacroBusiness tests the play.

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Labor spins its wheels on the mining tax

Both sides are stuck with an expensive superannuation policy that will cost billions in future years, regardless of what happens with the mining tax.

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He’s not Moses, he’s just a miner: Albanese departure shifts debate

With Rio Tinto writing down billions, maybe it’s time for some realism in debates about “productivity”, “sovereign risk”, and whether miners are the Messiah. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Essential: carbon tax much more popular than Abbott

The much-maligned carbon tax has staged a solid rehabilitation in Essential Research polling. In fact, it’s now more popular than Tony Abbott.

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Don’t cut spending in a recession: the warning from Europe

Don’t cut spending in a recession, try it in an upturn if you can and make sure when you cut there’s a credible tax increase in the mix. That’s the warning from the IMF to Europe — and Australia.

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Cheap thrills for Glencore boss, then $65b deal set to collapse

Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Swiss-based commodity and minerals giant Glencore, got some some cheap publicity by criticising Australia for its rising costs, the mining and carbon tax and a few other issues.

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Minerals Council surveys its handiwork, declares it ‘volatile’

A new report from the mining industry claims the mining tax will be volatile. That’s exactly how the industry wanted it.

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Why does Australia hate democracy?

The latest Lowy Institute poll contains an alarming statistic for lovers of democracy. Rob Burgess of Business Spectator wonders why we hate our system of government.

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Twiggy’s big reveal — two years later. So what’s he up to?

Mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has scored an extraordinary PR coup by enlisting two of the nation’s top journalists to turn a two-year-old story.

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Queensland a worry for Federal ALP

Former Premier Peter Beattie wants Julia Gillard to buy a house in Queensland. But what if Queenslanders actually don’t want her?

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How will the mining tax be fought in the High Court?

Mining giants as well as some state governments are threatening to take the tax to the High Court, claiming that it discriminates against states and will unfairly cost businesses. Bianca Kerr asks constitutional law experts how the High Court fight would go.

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Labor’s mining tax super con

Linking the super change with the minerals resource rent tax as the legislation wound its way through the parliament was too clever by half.

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Nothing fruity at the ABC’s 7.30

Crikey readers have their say.

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