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Media briefs: Reith in Fairfax … SMH‘s world … Nippon ‘racist’ ad …

Peter Reith joins Fairfax as a regular columnist. And other media tidbits.

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Reith’s backdoor into WorkChoices could work for Abbott

Calls for an inquiry into trade unions could be an effective vehicle for the Coalition to return to aspects of WorkChoices — without using that hated name.

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Forget Deveny and Reith, Go Back’s refugees have the real story

Refugees, not celebrities, my have the most interesting stories in the new series of SBS’ Go Back to Where You Came From, which premiered last night.

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What a toxic media environment Australia has

Crikey readers have their say.

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Flagging labour productivity is understandable: report

The National Australia Bank has, with its paper The Productivity Puzzle, entered the productivity debate and its contribution won’t be much liked by conservative economists, columnists and perhaps even sections of the Reserve Bank and Federal Treasury.

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The ABC confected nothing

Crikey readers have their say.

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The WorkChoices reincarnated podcast

This week, Crikey’s Canberra Correspondent Bernard Keane and Crikey editor Sophie Black discuss the return of WorkChoices, Peter Reith’s failed Liberal Party presidency bid and Bob Brown’s report into the foreign ownership of Australia’s mining sector.

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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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What will lure people back to political parties?

Until parties empower their members and can convince them they can achieve something positive for society, voters won’t be interested.

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For Pete’s sake, Reith, just retire

Tony Abbott was a wise man in not voting to give Peter Reith the platform of the party’s presidency.

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Abbott makes Irish joke of Liberals’ economic cred

Tony Abbott’s incapacity to handle the basics of economic policy is hurting his party.

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Reith on track to lead the Libs — despite his best efforts

Indications are that the Liberal Party will elect former minister and deputy leader Peter Reith as its new federal president at tomorrow’s federal council meeting.

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A very fair question for the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Julia Gillard knows how to ask a fair question. It’s a pity she doesn’t know how to answer it.

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Peter Reith may be the answer, but what’s the question?

If you ever wanted a demonstration of the chaotic nature of the Liberal Party’s factional landscape, the fight for the federal presidency should do it.

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Australians frugal as personal lending finance decreases

That Australians are being cautious with their finances was shown again this morning.

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Keane on the trail: the real population debate

It’s a very different campaign in regional Australia — and there are very different approaches to the issues that dominate nationally.

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Readers’ choice awards: Golden Arsehat nominations

Here’e a sample of Arsehats suggested by our readers.

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The Howard Years: history told by the players

The Howard Years is an illustration of the problems of history-telling, writes Peter Brent.

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Credit where it’s due for Rudd’s code of conduct

Kevin Rudd’s ministerial code of conduct takes several positive steps in the right direction, especially on the question of financial disclosure and conflicts of interest, writes Stephen Mayne.

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The Monk’s not mad

Tony Abbott might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he is a decent bloke, writes Christian Kerr.

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Bracks crosses the line, but there’s been far worse

The decision by Steve Bracks to take a lucrative gig with accounting giant KPMG just weeks after resigning as Victorian Premier has once again ignited the debate about conflicts of interest and misuse of privileged information, writes Stephen Mayne.

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The Incredible Shrinking Julia Gillard: silence the best policy

That the importance of occupational health and safety in the work place relations debate is not seen as a subject of importance by the national press is hardly the fault of Julia Gillard, writes Richard Farmer.

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