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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Crikey’s Tony Abbott coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


iSentia index: the great disconnect edition

Are voters really turning against the Abbott government? The polls say yes, but there might be something bigger at play here.

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Climate foes and friends

Crikey readers talk climate deniers, vote counting systems and who is piloting the move to Badgerys Creek.

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Media briefs: Q&A balance … ACMA keen on High Court … RIP Harradine …

The 10 ways BuzzFeed is infiltrating other media. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Better optics, but Abbott sidestepping tricky issues of trade

The Australian trade mission is progressing as planned, but will anything tangible come of it?

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Closing the gap on work: a misframed debate that needs new thinking

How do we get more Aboriginal adults into the workforce? Old thinking needs to be thrown out — Tony Abbott needs a radical new agenda, writes indigenous academic Jon Altman from the Australian National University.

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iSentia index: WA Senate and ICAC get people talking

The ICAC hearing and WA Senate do-over kept party leaders at the forefront of political discussion across the country.

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Sorry, but free trade agreements are duds, no matter how ‘nuanced’

Bilateral free trade agreements like the one negotiated with Japan deliver few benefits. The only worthwhile trade reform is unilateral tariff reductions. Don’t hold your breath for that.

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Essential: over-55s climate deniers, everyone hates Direct Action

Climate denialism is very closely linked to age, new polling from Essential Research finds. But support for the federal government’s “Direct Action” plan is minimal across the board.

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‘Free trade’ with Japan: not much to crow about for farmers, exporters

The free trade agreement with Japan is an innocuous win for Tony Abbott that won’t help farmers and other exporters all that much, writes Leith van Onselen of MacroBusiness.

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Tips and rumours

Australia Network goes all-out for Abbott’s visit, but can it survive? … Sinodinos gives ‘no promises’ … factcheck: Clive Palmer …

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Talk is cheap: Abbott’s Asia trip missing the real opportunities?

Tony Abbott will get some valuable face time with prime ministers in China, but his entourage’s insistence on sticking with him instead of meeting with Chinese business means the trip’s real potential value could be lost.

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iSentia index: Knights, dames and boats

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was back at the top of the charts this week, with his latest announcements proving particularly unpopular.

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Tips and rumours

Abbott’s guest list for China trip … Greens’ Tassie love triangle … Villawood detainees on the move …

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Saville’s Shout: Tony’s surprise … a trip to KL? …

After promising to be the “no-surprises” government, boy, did Tony Abbott get us good. Plus what the search for MH370 has done to Malaysia’s economy (nothing good) and an excellent street art exhibition.

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The Sandpit: Casey Bennetto in song

What does it take to be a Modern Man? Singer-songwriter-funny-bugger Casey Bennetto enters the Crikey Sandpit to lay down a tune on the week in politics …

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Tips and rumours

All the gossip from ye olde Crikey court … jobs going at Downer Rail … Bolt blog vetoes The Australian? …

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Death-defying diplomacy when Abbott’s three-ring circus rolls into Asia

Tony Abbott will be trying to appease China, Japan and South Korea on his upcoming Asian tour. Competing interests, a lack of planning and a whirlwind itinerary mean the trip will be fraught.

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iSentia index: Abbott and Sinodinos keep the cycle spinning

It was a week of leaders sticking by their men in the wake of controversy, across state and federal politics.

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Crikey Clarifier: the knights (and dames) of the occasional table

Tony Abbott has revived knights and dames. We look at who will pick them and how, and examine who’s in line for the (new) top gong.

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Wall-to-wall blue gives Abbott the chance of real COAG reform

Tomorrow’s Tasmanian and South Australian elections represent a huge opportunity for Tony Abbott to drive real reform via COAG. But Kevin Rudd had a similar opportunity and wasn’t able to exploit it.

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iSentia index: football, foreign affairs and finance dominate

It’s rare for state politicians to make national news, but controversial WA MP Troy Buswell has managed it — and not for the first time.

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Essential: strong opposition to offshoring of Qantas

Voters are deeply hostile to offshoring of Qantas jobs, while Bill Shorten continues to creep up on Tony Abbott, new polling from Essential Research reveals.

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iSentia index: Senators and state elections hog the media

Senator Stephen Conroy was the most unexpected entry onto this week’s lists.

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Ageing Abbott appointees

Crikey readers talk old men and the joys of lambrusco.

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Tony Abbott’s challenge: sell a courageous call on Qantas

Tony Abbott has made the right call on Qantas. But it’s a tough sell in the face of Labor opposition — and convincing voters will be important to his government’s prospects.

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