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Flying high: Labor ministers racked up millions in VIP travel

Labor used the VIP jets far more than the Howard government, a review of the practice by Rose Iser at The Citizen has found. Despite MPs speaking out against it.

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Rudd’s caucus debacle in Balmain’s ALP theme park

Feral protesters, horrendous traffic and the riot police: whose stupid idea was it to have the Labor caucus meeting in Balmain of all places? Crikey’s Sydney correspondent jostled with the press pack.

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Rudd’s makeshift cabinet: search for stability (and women)

Kevin Rudd faced a significant challenge in naming his cabinet: how could he possibly project an image of authoritative leadership and extend an olive branch to Gillard supporters with frontbenchers jumping ship in droves?

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Sticking point over new powers for asylum-seeker safety

The aftermath of a boat sinking in the early hours of Wednesday demonstrates why improving arrangements between Indonesia and Australia is urgent, writes Stuart Ranfurlie in Jakarta.

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Richardson: Defence needs to know who’s in charge

The attack on Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been relentless.

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Defence is like a fox defining a chicken for a farmer

Aside from the Skype s-x scandal, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has been bullet-proof, writes Eric Palmer, a Defence journalist and analyst.

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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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And the winner is … Smith, Shorten or Crean

Kevin Rudd hasn’t merely lost a vote on Labor’s leadership, he has failed to establish himself as the looming replacement for Julia Gillard.

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Labor will eventually return to the Rudd brand

Brands are critical to Prime Ministers and Julia Gillard’s brand is very likely terminally damaged. There’s only one viable brand in Labor ranks.

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US gets a blank cheque to do what it likes with our troops

Without an Australian input into US foreign policy and strategic plans in Afghanistan, our contribution becomes little more than supplying mercenaries, writes Bruce Haigh, a political commentator and retired diplomat.

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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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Defence: no longer untouchable, the ADF got mugged

For nearly two decades, Australia’s annual budget has been a bit of a ho-hum experience for Defence. But last night it got raided for the first time in years, says Graeme Dobell.

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Defence reform already losing momentum

Prospects are vanishing for serious reform of the Australian Defence Force culture of bullying, brutality and degradation. Little, if anything, seems likely to change substantially following two weeks of grubby disclosures, writes Geoffrey Barker.

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Stephen Smith’s week not one out of the Wayne Bennett playbook

Stephen Smith and the ADFA scandal totally dominated broadcast coverage of politics this week.

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Down Mexico way with Shanahan’s ADFA coverage

It’s stand-offs and resignations everywhere as The Australian deals with the ADFA scandal.

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Put the civilian boss back on top of Defence

The time has surely come to return to the days when senior military brass were clearly under civilian control.

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Smith goes in to battle

With Anzac Day looming, it seems a fitting time to re-examine our attitude towards and within the Australian Defence Force in light of the ADFA scandal.

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ADF into the heat of battle

Stephen Smith could be described as a brave man — even a hero — in the real sense of the words rather than the debased usage much of the media and many militaristic politicos have adopted.

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Why the force is with Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith has cleverly seized on the crisis of confidence in the ADF engendered by the ADFA scandal to push through a reform the military wants.

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Women on the front line

Crikey media wrap: A sex scandal in the Defence Force has led to Australian women finally being allowed to fight on the front line and opened a conversation on misogyny and the culture of Australia’s defence force academies.

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Cadet film case: lessons to be learnt in the way it was reported

The biggest lesson in this case is that the whole matter could have been resolved in much more detail, much swifter and in a much more effective manner if the Commandant of ADFA had been allowed to explain the facts from the beginning, writes Neil James, executive director, Australia Defence Association

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Another death and more political lies

There are more brave soldiers, I read somewhere recently, than there are brave politicians.

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Defence procurement bungles: we’re without amphibious capability

Australia now has almost no amphibious capability to respond to emergencies in our region, writes James Brown, former military commander and Lowy Institute Military Associate.

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A new type of Commonwealth

Crikey media wrap: Top-level meetings between Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and their UK contemporaries, were declared “the most substantial British visit to Australia in many decades.”

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: we’re feelin’ good again about financial prospects

In today’s chunky bits: tourists covered with oil, a beautiful straight bat, how confident consumers vote and more.

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