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Abbott’s gifts to the IPA: part 3

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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Business bites: data bout … whisky drought … CFTC doubt …

Aussies love their data. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Liberals go missing in NSW … Disability activist not welcome at conference … curious George’s inbox about to fill up …

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How ‘independent’ is the Human Rights Commission anyway?

Independent” statutory bodies like the Human Rights Commission are, in reality, beholden to their ministers and departments over funding and direction. Tom Burton of The Mandarin explains how it really works in Canberra.

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‘This is not a second-rate product’: NBN contractor defends cable

Defenders of the government’s mixed-technology NBN plan say fibre isn’t that great anyway and that existing pay TV cables will do just fine.

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Buddy, can you spare some bandwidth? How Telstra is going to let strangers use your wi-fi

Telstra is raking in the cash thanks to the NBN, but Australia is still languishing with slow broadband speeds.

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Tips and rumours

Satellite NBN limited in more ways than one … Pyne’s schoolyard insults … no kittens for us

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Telstra wins, we all lose in NBN deal

We’ll get the broadband network we can afford — and unfortunately, we can’t afford much.

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Liberals are really neocons

Crikey readers have their say on what the Liberal Party should call itself, the speed of HFC cable and the future of the Campbell Newman government.

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Sluggish and antiquated NBN coming soon to a node near you

The NBN Co is going to try to roll out broadband using whatever technology is currently available as soon as possible. That will get broadband into homes faster — but will it be outdated before it even arrives?

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Carlton: Henderson could keep the Press Council busy

Mike Carlton writes on Gerard Henderson, and Crikey readers talk defence ministers past and the NBN losers.

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Loophole could allow telcos to squeeze out the NBN after all

If telcos take advantage of a loophole in the Telecommunications Act, the business model of the NBN could be undermined completely, costing taxpayers billions.

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The Russian side of the story

Crikey readers talk the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the NBN.

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Tips and rumours

Lend Lease and the Daily Tele … Clive Palmer is very sorry … NBN Co’s lame ads …

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NBN CEO avoids hard questions on California deaths

The government’s hand-picked NBN CEO has used US court proceedings against him to refuse to answer serious questions about events that led to the deaths of nine people.

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The devil in the NBN’s satellite magic pudding

Yesterday’s announcement about changes to the National Broadband Network are mixed news for those waiting to get high-speed internet, writes technology writer and consultant Paul Wallbank.

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Turnbull pulls the plug on FTTP, so ‘we’re back to the drawing board’

More than 3.4 million Australian homes are stuck with bog-standard broadband, thanks to the Coalition’s latest NBN misstep. Our own correspondent feels dudded.

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‘No path to privatisation’? Spectre of NBN float raises hopes — and hackles

Legislation prevents the NBN from being sold for some time, but plenty of bankers want to get their hands on it sooner. The Greens and Labor say it should remain in public hands — what does Clive Palmer think?

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‘Nothing’s off the table’: Telstra contemplates structural separation

The National Broadband Network might be going back to the drawing board as Telstra signals it is considering structural separation.

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Could Telstra and Optus dominate the NBN? iiNet snub a spanner

ISP iiNet has refused to sign up to NBN Co’s wholesale agreement. Is this a major stumbling block, or a chance for Telstra and Optus to earn big?

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To sell or not to sell government assets, that is the question

We crown four experts treasurer for a day, asking them which of the 11 government entities up for privatisation they’d sell. The answer? All or nothing.

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What the NBN will mean for Telstra’s stranglehold

The Coalition’s broadband plan is more expensive and less efficient than was promised. So is Labor’s.

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Kevin Rudd, our Mao, or maybe our Obama, bows out

Kevin Rudd was a transformative figure, a politician above politics who just wanted to get things done. And that the Labor Party is in complete disarray, well — is that really his fault?

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The 11 most influential people in Australia’s tech sector

Smart Company deputy editor Patrick Stafford identifies the movers and shakers of Australia’s tech world. There’s some new names in the mix.

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The cruelty of Newstart — and whose fault it was

Crikey readers talk the Coalition’s broadband plan and what Labor should have done differently on Newstart.

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