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Lay off Lambie

Crikey readers talk Jacqui Lambie, the housing crisis and an “escalator to extinction”.

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Children draw Paul Kelly’s Escalator of Decline

The Australian writer Paul Kelly has invoked the image of the “escalator of decline”. What is this escalator? Where is it going? Crikey’s junior readers give us their take.

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Tips and rumours

Few guests for Abbott in Adelaide … Sydney arts community reacts to job losses … News Corp papers in hospital bins …

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Media briefs: down and down at the Oz … ducking the issue … 1300 jobs lost …

The escalator of decline returns, and what was that about a duck? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Watchdog or attack dog? The Australian at 50

Australia’s only nationwide broadsheet turns 50 today. Former Australian media writers Matthew Ricketson and Andrew Dodd take a look at the vendettas it has pursued over the years.

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Media briefs: escalators of decline (pt 3) … territorial borders … Holden on the Oz

Guy Rundle’s ever-watchful eye on the outpourings at Surry Hills. And other media tidbits of the day …

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Media briefs: Ackland to Guardian … Ten’s big scoop … Carney’s swipe …

Richard Ackland gets snapped up by the Guardian Australia. And other media tid-bits of the day…

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Death of the doyen: life after Gratts, Kelly, Oakes

There are three undisputed doyens of political reporting: Laurie Oakes, Michelle Grattan and Paul Kelly. But all are past retirement age. What will political reporting be like when they are gone?

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Royal commission a step closer, but will it be on Abbott’s watch?

The government’s development of the royal commission terms of reference takes an unprecedented approach. But will it be an Abbott government doing most of the work on it?

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IR media debate ‘without rigour, logic, fact and integrity’

A leading industrial lawyer has teed-off on the state of IR debate in the Australian media. It “occurs without any scientific, factual or empirical basis” — especially at “right-wing blog” The Australian.

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This is what the Right is expert at: smearing

It’s unclear exactly what Julia Gillard is being accused of having done when she worked for Slater and Gordon. But smears of the Prime Minister are part of a long tradition from the Right in Australia.

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Rundle: on Bolt, it’s Marcia Langton v Marcia Langton

The debate between the two Marcia Langtons looks set to continue for years to come.

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The Oz bows out of Manne debate

This Wednesday The Australian’s Paul Kelly and academic Robert Manne were due to debate at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre. But now one side of the battle is not going to show.

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Paul Kelly prints: buy your own W H Chong original

In honour of Australian Book Review’s 50th anniversary, cover designer W H Chong has created a stunning limited edition linocut of singer/songwriter Paul Kelly to rise money for the literary journal.

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Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?

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Why Paul Kelly’s How to Make Gravy is more than a book

Prolific musician Paul Kelly is one of Australia’s best loved songwriter/storytellers. Michael Nolan explains why Kelly’s new memoirs How to Make Gravy is just one part of an innovative reflection on his career, which includes a “musical mirror” CD box set and a collection of audio narrations.

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The long, plodding March of Patriots

Guy Rundle reviews Paul Kelly’s new book, The March of Patriots: the literary equivalent of cleaning out the garage on a grey Saturday afternoon.

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Political power? The writing’s on the wall

It’s been a political writing bonanza, with Liberals finally joining the political book club normally run by Labor. Plus, books generate more kudos than a thousand poll-tested soundbites, writes George Megalogenis.

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Timor history gets a Howard washing: spin and deny

Ex PM John Howard rewrote history with the claims of his and Downer’s secret support of East Timor’s independence, says Bruce Haigh. What about public opinion and the actions of the US?

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Howard govt: mad taxers or lazy and rich?

It’s standard fare for governments to come into power and deride their predecessors. Except PM Kevin Rudd seems to be unsure of exactly which Howard government history he’s pushing.

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We deserve better than legacy wars

Here we are, nearly two years out of the Howard years and happily consigning them to well-deserved oblivion. Then Paul Kelly released his book, and they all came lurching out of the political cemetery.

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What if it’s not the economy, stupid?

Kevin Rudd claimed that neo-liberalism was no longer the dominant paradigm for governments and he was right. But can he extend his critique to those left-over policies that have not been appropriately looked at?

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Rudd can’t claim reform credit yet

There are three men truly entitled to reflect on responsibility for Australia’s economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s: Hawke, Keating and Howard.

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The Steve Fielding podcast, spelt P.O.D.K.A.S.T

Crikey’s Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane and editor Jonathan Green look back at the week’s events in the nation’s capital, their sights firmly set on Senator Steve Fielding and his learning disability.

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Paul Kelly, John Howard and East Timor

Crikey readers weigh in on John Howard’s involvement in East Timor’s independence, the lobbyist to MP ratio and Senator Steve Fielding’s spelling.

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