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Labor takes a hard look at its union dominance

Senator John Faulkner’s proposed reform for state conference to surrender upper house voting power to the party membership does not look promising.

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Labor’s frontbench, too, is a mostly private-school affair

With education reforms given an unclear future, the spotlight has been on Tony Abbott’s private school-dominated cabinet. But a Crikey survey by Dylan Barber finds that the Labor shadow ministry isn’t the bastion of public-school alumni you might think.

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iSentia index: where the hell is Kevin07?

It’s all over, and the media has turned its attention to what the Labor Party will be like in opposition. One thing is for sure — the Comeback Kid has not resurfaced.

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iSentia index: now or never for floundering Rudd campaign

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been acting more like an opposition leader with his promises of change, while Tony Abbott has been acting as if Kevin 07 never happened, assuming the mantle of John Howard.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Rudd and Abbott’s daughters have disappeared from the campaign trail, as media and voters alike hit a wall of election fatigue, writes Richard Farmer.

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iSentia index: it’s all about Labor

Tony Abbott is the only Coalition politician in the top 20 this week as K-Rudd’s ascendancy and cabinet reshuffle take centre stage.

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iSentia index: pollies filling the $12 billion black hole with spin

Suddenly, it seems, both sides of politics have accepted that the point of fiscal policy is to use it to help the country adapt to changing circumstance.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The gender bias in scientific studies, plus other political issues of the day.

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2012 Crikeys: the good, the arsehat and the sexy

The results for our annual Crikey Readers Choice Awards are in for the Person of the Year, the Arsehat of the Year and our country’s sexiest politicians.

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Tips and rumours

So just who is heading up the Libs’ Senate ticket in SA? … proof that Tory spinner loves Kevin07 … why RN needs a revolution …

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Penny’s loss is the SDA’s gain: how Wong got rolled

The Labor Left is furious that Finance Minister Penny Wong has been placed behind Don Farrell on the South Australian ticket. Why was she overlooked in favour of a ‘faceless man’?

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The tax that got away: Gillard v Rudd in mining revenue rout

$3 billion — that’s how much the government will lose based on MYEFO estimates today of the difference between the original mining tax and Julia Gillard’s compromise.

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Why Wong’s business class ban for public servants means nothing

Finance Minister Penny Wong has cracked down on business class travel on flights that don’t offer business class. Brilliant.

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Try not to kill the boom, Mr Ferguson

Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has talked down his own portfolio with a knee-jerk response to BHP’s Olympic Dam decision. James Kirby of Business Spectator reports.

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Labor and the myth of the rational voter

Labor’s plan to recover on the back of a successful carbon price introduction is a fantasy.

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A gay, black boat person? Parliament and its rights questions

There are two “big ticket” items bouncing around federal parliament at the moment — one that seeks to extend rights, and one that seeks to deny them. Chris Graham takes a strong interest in both.

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It was the tax, stupid

Senator George Brandis posed a curly one for Finance Minister Penny Wong in question time yesterday.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Rehearsal time for musical trio

Let me stop pussy-footing around. There will be a Labor leadership change.

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Customers snore on hold as federal cardigans rebel over Wong’s cuts

As Budget speculation reaches fever pitch over a looming Max Moore-Wilton-style disembowelment of the federal public service at the hands of Wayne Swan’s surplus fetish, a survey from the major union representing Canberra cardigans has revealed a tranche of serious workplace issues plaguing the APS.

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Gillard’s to-do list to achieve a miracle comeback

If Julia Gillard is to have any chance of turning around her fortunes, she has a brief window of opportunity to overhaul her government.

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Dear Miranda, here’s a dinner invitation, love Kerryn Phelps

Professor Kerryn Phelps writes an open letter to Miranda Devine.

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Brian Greig: Christian Lobby plays the victim card

The Australian Christian Lobby has taken its bat and ball and gone home, writes former Democrats Senator Brian Greig.

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Sideshow Alley: Rann’s presser, Nile on Wong’s baby & a non story

With the inimitable Lindsay Tanner about to rule on the merits of Crikey’s Slideshow Alley initiative, we thought it was time to bring out the big guns and shine a light on three instances of pollie and media egregiousness over the week that was.

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Risky business in planning for rising sea levels

New government reports found a “worst-case scenario sea level rise of 1.1 metres” within 90 years would have a devastating impact, with as much as $266 billion worth of potential damage, writes David Spratt, climate change analyst and author of Climate Code Red.

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Oakeshott has wrecked Jenkins’ authority — and it shows

Harry Jenkins was never the most authoritative of speakers but is losing the ability to control question time — fast. And this class of pollies is desperately in need of control.

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