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Essential: MH17 diplomacy sparks turnaround for the Coalition

Latest Essential poll shows first substantial Coalition gain since the politically disastrous budget, while women remain disengaged with super.

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Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?

Tony Abbott has claimed that before he “stopped the boats”, they were coming in at a rate of 50,000 a year. Is that true? David Tittensor, a research fellow to the UNESCO Chair, with Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, checks the claim.

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MH17: now not the time for diplomatic nuance — and G20 decisions can wait

Tony Abbott’s strong response on the issue of culpability for MH17 was justified and appropriate.

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Carbon repeal: condemning our children for cheap political points

The repeal of a functioning, low-impact carbon price is an economic attack on future generations, and they will damn us for it.

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iSentia Index: Palmer rules broadcast as Senate wrangling dominates coverage

Clive Palmer and his rag-tag bunch of senators have got people talking across all forms of media.

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Palmer out-Abbotts Abbott to complicate carbon price repeal

Clive Palmer’s profound inconsistency resembles Tony Abbott’s opposition tactics — and it’s making life miserable for the government.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: asylum seeker policy not a moral question

Tony Abbott does have a moral reason for refugee cruelty. But it’s not a question of morals — it’s a simple banal evil.

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iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

Asylum seekers and the World Cup were the two biggest conversation drivers of the week.

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iSentia index: with fancy footwork, Clive outshines them all

Clive Palmer certainly knows how to keep his name in the paper.

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Abbott faces the ‘Gillard challenge’: down in the polls

Polling shows the budget sales process has damaged both the budget and its chief spruiker, the PM. Tony Abbott now finds himself in Julia Gillard’s situation; can he climb out of it?

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Abbott scares off Canadian conservatives

Crikey readers talk Santo Santoro, Canadian conservatives’ loss and religion in schools.

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Labor could have headed chaplains off at the pass

The High Court’s declared the federal government’s funding of chaplaincy programs in state schools unconstitutional. It’s another sign the constitution needs serious reform.

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Press gallery party time — and Shorten got the laughs

It’s Mid-Winter Ball time in federal Parliament — so who was hot, who was not, and who drank the most red wine?

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Abbott’s top-secret presser: national security or stunt?

National security secrecy now apparently extends to partisan events on RAAF bases.

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Departure of a gutsy, thoughtful senator leaves politics the poorer

LNP senator Sue Boyce was a rare senatorial figure with guts, principles and a willingness to think issues through.

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iSentia index: Victorian Parliament stumbles on while Abbott stays in the limelight

The Prime Minister’s overseas trip took the attention off the budget, at least for a little while.

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‘My dad’s the Prime Minister’: did Frances Abbott get off too lightly?

Prime ministerial daughter Frances Abbott has had a spot of bother with her landlord but ultimately got her bond back. Tenancy worker Dean Campbell wonders whether the rest of us would have been so lucky.

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Essential: voters don’t trust Abbott to make a good impression overseas

A growing proportion of Australians have little or no trust in the government’s ability to handle Australia’s international relations, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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Cambodia no place for refugees — and Abbott should know it

The desperately poor, corrupt nation of Cambodia is no place for refugees. Crikey sits down with an Australian Jesuit who has made it her home to talk about what might face asylum seekers who have the misfortune of ending up there.

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iSentia index: major parties held to ransom by their smaller opponents

Micro-parties and independent MPs caused plenty of grief at both state and federal levels this week.

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Essential: Labor leader’s odds Shorten as Abbott falls further behind

Women have warmed to Labor’s Bill Shorten, a new Essential poll shows, as the Coalition continues its post-budget slump. And Australians don’t like drones.

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Environmental protection not a luxury good

Crikey readers talk why Abbott must act now on climate change.

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Tips and rumours

Investing in Australia a waste of time … Question time sales ploy … The voices in the PM’s head …

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What you need to know about the PM’s ‘clapped out’ VIP jet

The failure of the prime ministerial jet yesterday — it broke down on the tarmac — is a timely reminder that it might be time to upgrade.

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Tips and rumours

Real estate types defend donations … Who’s heading for splitsville? … Lachlan Murdoch makes a fashion statement …

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