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‘I’d rather slam my cock in a door than debate climate change’

The sum total of useful commentary on ABC’s stultifying I Can Change Your Mind About Climate was five minutes of British scientist and author Ben Goldacre saying he’d rather slam his c-ck in the door then debate climate change, writes climate researcher Ian McHugh.

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ABC climate doco producer fights back: ‘climate deniers aren’t mad, they’re human’

Climate deniers are not mad, they are human. And the sooner you begin to engage with them rather than dismiss them, the better chance you may have of bringing a few along with you, writes Simon Nasht, producer of ABC doco I Can Change Your Mind About Climate.

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Hamilton: ABC’s latest climate change doco another PR victory for doubters

Because it falls for the deniers’ tactic of doubt-mongering, ABC TV’s I Can Change Your Mind … About Climate Change is a victory for climate denial even before it goes to air .

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Carbon tax: for Abbott it’s appalling policy or appalling hypocrisy

Even if Abbott wins a 2013 election it would likely be mid-2015 before any carbon price legislation could potentially pass a joint sitting of both houses, writes Matt Grudnoff, a senior economist at The Australia Institute.

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Nick Minchin, keeper of the Howard flame … NGV’s power benefactor …

Leader of the Right and keeper of the Howard flame, Nick Minchin is still regarded by some as the Liberal Party’s spiritual leader. Also, the NGV’s power benefactor, Alan Joyce finds friends in the market and Bolt and Negus back in 2012.

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Reith v Abbott: the early 90s wants its zeal back

The tensions between Tony Abbott and Peter Reith have deep roots in recent Liberal history. The former minister’s eagerness to prevent a return to “the Fraser years”, unencumbered by the party presidency, will be fascinating to watch.

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Parting shots: Liberal senators bid their political careers farewell

It’s that time of the six-year electoral Senate cycle again, where departing senators give their valedictory speeches outlining what they’ve accomplished and how their political dreams were crushed. Crikey documents the farewells.

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Latham: Gerard Henderson suffers from chronic corresponditis

I worry about Gerard Henderson, really. He has a chronic case of corresponditis — the inability, at the end of a protracted exchange of letters, to allow his correspondent to have the last word, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham.

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If the Liberals oppose the NBN, they have to back splitting Telstra

If the Liberals are serious about an alternative approach to NBN, they have to start with the vertical separation of Telstra, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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A love letter to my ‘mate’ Nick Minchin

Sinologist-at-large Graeme Smith reports from behind the Q&A scenes. Nick Minchin said they were “mates”, then it all went sour…

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Crikey Polls – Taking the Nation’s Temperature

… one bottom at a time.

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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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Less than 50 ain’t a fail

Crikey readers weigh in on Mike Rann’s personal approval rating, Guy Rundle’s fact checking and whether Nick Minchin is retiring due to family reasons or cash.

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The media tells Minchin to get Nick’d

Daily media wrap: Coalition frontbencher Nick Minchin announced his resignation from Federal politics yesterday. With the dirt in his political grave still fresh, the nation’s pundits have gathered round his tombstone this morning to carve in their own epitaph.

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Climate change, brought to you by dumb and dumber

Earth Hour was never much more than a branding exercise concocted by a major ad agency to make corporations look good. We get that. But does it have to be a reds vs. greens issue?

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Minchin departs: mission (mostly)
accomplished

It’s official, Nick Minchin will be retiring at the next election. Bernard Keane reflects on the senator whose greatest coup was wrangling the leadership for Tony Abbott.

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The Piping Shrike | FEDERAL|

Abbott’s a good sport with political games

This week’s Four Corners offered a fascinating profile on Tony Abbott’s life before he became Opposition leader. But what about since then? Is he just Howard 2.0? asks The Piping Shrike.

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RECs — what on earth are they all about?

Evan Beaver explains just what Renewable Energy Certificates are all about. What are they? Where do they come from? Is Nick Minchin making them?

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The Piping Shrike | FEDERAL|

The Aussie year in politics: all the #spills and thrills

From Malcolm Turnbull’s reckless interview with Laurie Oakes, to Nick Minchin mouthing off over climate change sceptics, The Piping Shrike puts together the best Aussie politics moments of ‘09.

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Nick Minchin: 2009′s most appalling person

Nick Minchin beats out the likes of Stephen Conroy, a snivelling public servant, a philandering golfer and an Iranian dictator for the coveted Golden Arsehat of 2009.

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The 2009 Crikey Arsehat Awards

From Vegemite’s iSnack 2.0 to Andrew Bolt to the overuse of the phrase “A great big tax”, Crikey readers vote on the biggest Arsehats of 2009.

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Dollar a pain in the bottom line for Telstra, Foster’s

A bit of a confession Friday with two of our largest companies revealing lower earnings, and both blaming the high value of the Australian dollar.

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Nuclear energy: the Coalition’s next big power struggle

The Coalition’s internal squabbling is far from over, and the next big battle will be fought over the highly-divisive issue of nuclear power, says Jim Green, when Abbott is finally forced to take a position on it next year.

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Rundle: on Minchin, the green movement and Marxism

Understand this clearly – more people now believe the Red-Green hypothesis, that capitalism is a system testing us to destruction in its current form, than go with the idea that it is some empty charade of communism by other means.

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A return to Kevin07?

Stand by for pointless aggro, because the sooner we get the next election over, the better. Plus, Westpac boss Gail Kelly surely can’t believe her own press?

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