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Pink batts commission hands Abbott four explosive problems

Tony “the infrastructure Prime Minister” Abbott may well find that the report by the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program comes back to burn him, writes freelance journalist Alan Austin.

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NSW shooters bring out federal big guns in parkland battle

A stretch of parkland south-east of Sydney has become a federal political hot potato, with an incoming senator promising to block the budget unless it is given to the rifle club. Crikey writers Paddy Manning and Melanie Garrick report.

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Tips and rumours

RBA who’s who … story behind troubled trucking company … found: one missing ex-environment minister …

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Tips and rumours

Journos move gigs … spotlight on new senators … Michelle Grattan in biscuit faux pas …

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Fond farewells: more valedictory speeches from departing MPs

We say goodbye to many long-serving parliamentarians this week, including Rob Oakeshott and Stephen Smith, Crikey intern Bension Siebert collected the best thoughts from them.

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Live music face-off: Lee Rhiannon v Peter Garrett

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and frontbencher Peter Garrett vied for dominance in an upstairs downstairs feud over live music on Friday night. So who won?

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Tips and rumours

Lee Rhiannon in live music scandal … ex-ALP advisers doing well at DFAT? … “woof woof” from the PM …

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iSentia index: PM had the running over Ford, ASIO

With all the bad news around this week, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott did what he was supposed to and kept his mouth shut.

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iSentia Index: schools, trains dominate as Rudd fades

The Greens are the model supporters of the government’s education and high-speed rail plans, but Liberal state premiers are having none of it. And what’s happened to Kevin Rudd?

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School’s out: why ‘fixing’ teacher entry won’t help

The latest plan to “fix” education by modifying teacher selection and training ignores the real problem. The education system is broken and Gonski’s sound ideas on fixing it are going nowhere fast.

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Transfield snags extra $10m in pink batt contract cheques

Infrastructure firm Transfield Services, contracted to clean up the federal government’s troubled pink batts program, has won a series of funding boosters from its contract.

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Parliament reports on indigenous tongues: can they be saved?

The release of the Our Land, Our Languages report could be the start of a new era for Australia’s rich and remarkable indigenous languages. Greg Dickson of Crikey blog Fully (sic) reports.

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Europe’s unraveling begins

Reuters reports the Finnish government telling its parliament that Helsinki and its Dutch allies would block the bailout fund.

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Minister gives thumbs down to Tarkine on National Heritage list

Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced that he had no intention of using his emergency powers to include the Tarkine on the National Heritage List, write Deb Wilkinson and Andrew Macintosh from ANU.

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ALP wake: after the vodka wore off, the whine kicked in

On a election day with a entirely predictable outcome, it was great to live in an electorate where your vote actually counted. By 6.30pm, I’d heard all the conspiracy theories and so headed off to the Randwick Labor Club to wait for Kristina.

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Daily Proposition: run for the covers

Old blokes playing covers has led the odd brush with fame.

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Boat people sympathy seems to be winning

Perhaps I mix in the wrong circles but I have not yet noticed any surge in anti-boat people feeling.

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How to fix the systemic corrosion of the public service

We should return to the pre-1984 situation in which department secretaries have unambiguous responsibility for “the department and all the business thereof”, writes Paul Barratt, a former secretary to the departments of Defence and Primary Industries and Energy.

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‘Window dresser’ Garrett a pain in the arts …

For someone who was once a working artist, on the whole Peter Garrett has been missing from every aspect of what is an enormous portfolio, writes a Sydney arts insider.

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Four Corners: we stand by our story

Wendy Carlisle, of the ABC’s Four Corners responds to Crikey’s Bernard Keane. Facts weren’t cherry picked and ignored in the “Lethal Miscalculation” story.

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What did Four Corners know and when did they know it?

In April the ABC broadcast a strong attack on the Government’s insulation program on 4 Corners. But why was a key document omitted?

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Who’s gonna save me? The Oils are gone, and the oil spill won’t stop

Twenty years ago Midnight Oil sang out to Exxon Oil executives in New York City. With the latest oil spill not stopping, who’s going to save us now, asks < Stuart Nettle?

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Art dealers slam ‘meaningless bureaucratic bullshit’ for indigenous industry

From the managers of the remote art centres to the big-city galleries that deal in the fine-art end of the Aboriginal art market, all are still saying that the Resale Royalty scheme will prove to be a financial disaster.

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Our lame, uncool leaders

The US gets sexy, smooth Barack Obama, Australia gets nerdy, dad joke loving Rudd. We’re lacking in political cool and not even a bonafide rock star for a MP can make up for it, says Kane Loxley.

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Peter Garrett is exonerated, nobody cares

A detailed report on the insulation saga shows what went wrong — and, incidentally, just how badly wrong the media was in savaging Peter Garrett.

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