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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: screw you all edition

Let’s tackle the real bludgers in our society — pensioners, young people trying to get an education and asylum seekers. Screw ‘em!

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: the privileged and the bigoted

Abbott’s brought back knighthoods, which is apt given he has a very mediaeval attitude towards the climate, asylum seekers and education.

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Foreign farm subsidies hurting Aussie farmers

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers on Manus Island, the reality for Australian farmers, the gender pay gap and why Wills and Kate might be doing our air force a favour.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: death the inevitable result of our asylum seeker policy

There are plenty of horrifying accounts of individual acts of violence on Manus Island. But we need to step back from them and see what is really at fault here: policy, not people.

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The Indian solution: how a subcontinent strategy would save lives — and money

The Manus Island and Nauru offshore detention centres are proving to be not feasible. But there is an unlikely solution: a temporary safe haven processing facility in India, writes former detention centre worker and academic Richard Curzon.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: Our Cate … failing vulnerable … stop the planes …

This year’s Academy Awards was a triumph for Australians, with Cate Blanchett and Catherine Martin taking home gongs. Plus our treatment of asylum seekers, girls’ homes and other shameful moral failings.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: on asylum seekers and intolerable cruelty

Our appalling treatment of asylum seekers is not only bad for them — but it is bad for us. When asylum seekers die in detention centres, we need to take a hard look at what kind of democracy we want to be.

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Our new refugee ‘dumping ground’: what Cambodia thinks of the request

Australia now wants to send asylum seekers to Cambodia. Kevin Ponniah, a freelance journalist in Phnom Penh, reports while the government is conducive there are many questioning the fairness.

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We talk with Indonesia every day — but is anyone listening?

Indonesian feathers have been ruffled by Australia’s policy of sending back asylum seekers. Julie Bishop says our relationship with Indonesia is fine, but no one on the Indonesian side seems to agree.

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Losing faith in Aunty

Crikey readers talk refugees and whether the ABC is really unAustralian.

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Dangerous brinkmanship with Indonesia could have disastrous consequences

Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison are playing a dangerous game with Indonesia. Unless someone starts taking responsibility Australia could find itself in a mess, says former diplomat Bruce Haigh.

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A comedy of errors

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers, and Guy Rundle weighs in on Nauru.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: border idiots … think of the ‘burbs … Palin v MLK …

Are those in charge of “border” protection really that stupid? We are not only bullying East Timor but have “mistakenly” sent our navy into Indonesian waters. Who is in charge here, and what on earth are they thinking?

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Australia Post scheme delivering a small-town headache

Crikey readers talk Australia Post and what should be done about asylum seekers arriving by boat.

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Essential: public backs Abbott’s asylum seeker ‘war’

An Essential poll has found the Coalition’s tough line on asylum seekers is popular with the public, who don’t think most are genuine refugees. And people remain fairly evenly split on whether anthropogenic climate change is real.

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ATO decision nothing new

An ATO beat-up Martin Gordon writes: Re. “Corporate tax avoidance is rife — but the ATO is willing to trust them” (yesterday). I was surprised when the media reported breathlessly that the oversight of taxpayers would be outsourced with some spin about it being of great benefit to bigger taxpayers. When I worked for the ATO it had […]

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Reporting both sides is not balance

Crikey readers have a lot to say about climate denialism — and our shameful media.

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Abbott’s asylum seeker policy an affront to our Jesuit education

John O’Mara, a businessman and friend of Tony Abbott, says the government’s asylum seeker policy is unChristian — and Abbott should know better.

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Tips and rumours

Turn back the boats? Not on my watch … For sale: PM’s house for $54m … Proof of life for super (cont) … Unfortunate acronyms — the final straw …

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Welcome to Elysium

Crikey readers talk Cory Bernardi, the “gold standard” of families and asylum seekers.

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Razer’s class warfare: Destroy the Joint’s useless crimson tide

Sending tampons to Scott Morrison is not going to help asylum seekers, but go right ahead if it makes you feel better.

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Tips and rumours

Sir Howard … whale watching for Sri Lankan boats? … Whovians in Parliament …

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Week in review: Coalition gets a taste of its own medicine

A “kinder, gentler polity” was nowhere in sight during the first week of Parliament under the Abbott government.

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With Indonesia, the relationship is going from bad to worse

Relations between Australia and Indonesia have reached a nadir. And it’s entirely the fault of Australian policy. The government’s turn-back-the-boats policy is now in tatters.

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Parliamentary poet Judi Moylan on being a political terrorist

Retired Liberal backbencher Judi Moylan talks to Crikey about why she crossed the floor on single parent payments, the asylum seeker debate and how an “accidental MP” like her can make a difference.

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