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The 2014 Crikeys: Arsehat, Person of the Year and Sexiest Pollies are …

Hey, girl! Did Malcolm Turnbull hang onto his Sexiest Male Pollie Crown? And who is Crikey’s Person of the Year 2014?

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Poll Bludger: it ain’t over yet for Abbott

Previous governments have recovered from polls as bad as Abbott’s.

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iSentia index: Tony Abbott reaches Rudd-like levels of media coverage in 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dominated media coverage this year, with his mention numbers nearly eclipsing Kevin Rudd’s at the heigh of his popularity.

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Keane: the day the Australian media lost its credibility

Yesterday’s events in Sydney showed the media, for the most part, isn’t up to the task of calm, well-informed coverage of terrorism events.

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Politics on hold while Sydney siege continues

An unfolding siege in Sydney, with possible terrorist links, has put federal politics on hold while we wait for the incident to be brought to an end.

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Tips and rumours

Accessibility an issue in Young remembrance … worst Christmas present ever … tabloid moniker answers …

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Credlin is not the problem, Abbott and his ministers are

Responsibility for the government’s woes rests not with the PM’s chief of staff but with ministers, from the PM down, who have failed to explain themselves to voters.

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Rundle: if Morrison rolls Abbott, the Greens could end up stronger than ever

The Labor Party seems fresh out of ideas. And the Greens are more than happy to eat Labor’s lunch.

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Abbott dumps co-payment — onto GPs

The government has dumped responsibility for a Medicare co-payment onto GPs — but hasn’t resolved the absurdity at the heart of the proposal.

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iSentia index: the end of a long, long year for the government

The government finished off its last sitting week of the year with a bang.

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France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

France is trying to trying to avoid a repeat of the Copenhagen disaster by keeping heads of state away from the Paris climate talks. But it has also singled out Australian and Canada as likely roadblocks.

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Essential: Abbott ends year with a collapse

The Prime Minister has plumbed new depths in approval as voters sour on the economy, their own circumstances and politics in general, Essential’s latest report shows.

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Surprise! Fact-checking Abbott’s pre-election promises

Tony Abbott famously promised there would be “no surprises” in his new government. Freelance journalist Hari Raj goes back to the Coalition’s pre-election policy document and finds a couple of, well, surprises.

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‘They’re trying to take the journalism away’: Oakes and Ferguson on pollies’ obstinacy

Gold Walkley winners Sarah Ferguson and Laurie Oakes discuss the art of political interviewing.

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Tips and rumours

Walkleys goss edition … Abbott’s Facebook re-examined … budget cuts hurt at defence …

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iSentia index: Annus Horribilis or Year of Achievement? The media marks the Abbott government down for 2014

Coalition losses and artificial intelligence got the media and media waters talking this week.

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Is the Liberal Party’s goose cooked?

Crikey readers have their say on Abbott’s long presser, the great source of energy just above our heads, and the future of the Right.

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Fossil fuel’s trillion-dollar incentive to rain on Lima climate conference parade

Climate talks are making progress in Peru (with one noted dissenting voice — no points for guessing). But the fossil fuel industry has a trillion reasons to try to stop climate action.

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Essential: you haven’t kept faith with us, PM

Voters reject the Prime Minister’s contention that he has “fundamentally kept faith” with them, and see more positive attributes in the Opposition Leader, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Abbott tries to hit reset but Hockey’s critics can smell blood

The Prime Minister has given ground in an effort to get an end-of-year win but his Treasurer is badly wounded.

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Keane: another week, another shocker for a troubled government

The government has suffered yet another bad week — and with no relief in sight.

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‘Full confidence’? David Johnston better watch his back

Tony Abbott has “full confidence” in the Defence Minister. That is probably not good for David Johnston’s career. Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian looks at the political kiss of death.

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The curious case of the missing French nukes

French President Francois Hollande delivered a strongly worded speech on Australian-French defence co-operation. But there was a word or two missing in the English translation. Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher in the Pacific, reports.

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iSentia index: Lambie leaps as PUP split dominates broadcast coverage

The split between Jacqui Lambie and the Palmer United Party kept the media entertained, but voters just weren’t into the personality politics.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir leader’s murder exposes Abbott’s (and our) ignorance

Tony Abbott has accused Hizb ut-Tahrir of supporting terrorism, and Emma Alberici has accused it of having links to Islamic State. But tell that to the leader of HT recently murdered by IS. Lawyer, author and commentator Irfan Yusuf reports.

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