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Razer: take up Stella Young’s activism to pay tribute to a remarkable woman

Stella Young was not exceptional because she had a physical disability. She was exceptional because she put everything she had into the hard, important work of social change.

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Fiscal fools: give us a break on the budget BS, Joe

Joe Hockey’s pre-budget spinning has veered into outright falsehoods as he attempts to claim Labor has boobytrapped the budget. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Essential: we think we’re highly taxed; Labor claws back voter esteem

Australians believe they’re highly taxed compared internationally, and that it’s getting worse, today’s Essential Report finds.

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A dysfunctional start, with no way for Abbott to define himself

The Coalition had a clear idea of what it wanted to be — in power — but absolutely no idea what it wanted to do when it got there. The dysfunctional, muddled, sophomoric mess that is this government is the result.

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Labor’s moral victory

Crikey writers talk Bandt’s Greenstown, how western Sydney was saved and what’s to like about Labor.

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Abbott: from ‘unelectable’ to Australia’s 28th prime minister

Tony Abbott’s path to the Lodge has been characterised by aggression, but also a willingness to abandon the ideological and personal issues that once had him labelled “unelectable”.

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The case for why Australians should pay even more tax

Australia can have low taxes and balanced budgets, or balanced budgets and high-quality public services, but not all three, write Centre for Policy Development fellows Miriam Lyons, Shaun Wilson, Adam Stebbing and Adrian March.

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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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iSentia index: Australia’s next PM hogs the limelight

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott bested the Prime Minister for media coverage this week by a wide margin. Australia has more or less made up its mind that he will be in power come September.

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A Skywhale of a disaster

Crikey readers talk the NDIS, Eurovision and the merits (or lack thereof) of Canberra’s Skywhale.

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Swan song: budget heads in right direction but lacks courage

Wayne Swan’s sixth and likely final budget charts a path to surplus, but fails to take enough tough decisions to rein in spending, writes Bernard Keane.

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Underprivileged Aussies need help too

Crikey readers talk the NDIS, Tony Abbott’s stroll to the Lodge and our obligation for foreign aid.

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Only fools would rush into disability insurance scheme

There’s danger in rushing in head-first on disability insurance. Already there are indications pilot programs won’t be ready, writes policy analyst and social and economic academic Professor Richard Burkhauser.

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Fantasy budget: Richard Denniss would cut from the rich

The Australian Institute executive director Richard Denniss says Australia would have a lot more money for services if it did not keep giving tax breaks to the rich.

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iSentia index: de facto PM Abbott rides high

Tony Abbott is getting almost equal media time to the PM — as if he were now de facto prime minister.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Ernst & Young says in its latest Fraud Survey published this week that hard-pressed company bosses are under so much pressure to deliver on growth that many have resorted to cooking the books.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

People are in support of the Medicare levy to pay for the NDIS. And they’re also ready to throw out the people who proposed it. Plus other political snippets along the way.

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Crikey Calling: the money money money edition

With the federal budget looming, Labor revealed a black hole and used it to secure historic disability funding. But did Tony Abbott walk away with a political victory? Crikey deputy editor Cathy Alexander talks budget bottom lines with Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane.

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The Left has lost its way through symbolism and stupidity

The Left is dead — hopelessly lost in the minutiae of gestures, rainbow crossings, political correctness and confected outrage about the latest Geoffrey Barker piece. It’s time for the Left to think about material conditions and macroeconomics.

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The strange politics, and sensible economics, of the NDIS levy

Labor is using revenue writedowns as justification for an unrelated tax increase — but it’s not actually a bad idea. From Canberra, Crikey’s man on the strange politics of the NDIS.

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Ask the economists: we balance Swan’s books

How is Labor going to pay for its big-ticket promises on education and disability care? Crikey intern Ben Westcott asks leading economists whether Wayne Swan should tinker with super, Medicare, taxes or the GST to balance his books.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: that’s not a roll rort

He has a strange definition of rorting does Christopher Pyne. The Liberal frontbencher was out this morning bemoaning the Labor move to have people not on the electoral roll put on it.

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ABC election coverage

Crikey readers have their say.

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