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Bishop a distraction for a government that needs clear air

Bronwyn Bishop isn’t much worse than some Speakers of the modern era. But she’s becoming a distraction for the government.

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Razer’s class warfare: it’s the economy, stupid (or why Scorsese is a girl’s blouse)

When did we decide that economics and a real class struggle were too hard and we could just get by with our feely feely feelings?

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Tips and rumours

Indonesia a no-go zone for Scott Morrison? … Garnaut on economic dog days … Paypackets at The Oz

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Why Joe Hockey should not have sacked me

Former Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing chairman Everald Compton says the government’s decision to dismiss the panel is leaving us woefully unprepared to deal with a rapidly ageing population.

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Thank you, Helen Razer

Crikey readers talk Helen Razer, overpopulation and what was up with the $9 billion the government gave to the RBA.

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Glenn Stevens (kind of) weighs in on Hockey’s Handout

The RBA’s Glenn Stevens has discussed Joe Hockey’s Reserve Fund handout, but his words were allusive. Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Question for Hockey: Treasury said no need for big RBA cash gift

There was no imperative to give the Reserve Bank a capital injection, Treasury told Wayne Swan in April, in advice that discredits Joe Hockey’s recent $9 billion handout to the RBA.

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When impotence is the only policy option

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey now face the same challenge that confronted Wayne Swan — how to handle a budget when the currency is too strong? Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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The Power 50 for 2013: Bernard Keane on the most powerful in politics

There is a new political power structure in Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott heads Crikey’s 2013 list of Australia’s most powerful 50 people, but there are some surprising movers and shakers on there too. The Power Index goes live today.

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Psychic concerns should spark government action

Crikey readers have their say on regulating psychics and Wayne Swan’s budget management.

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What happened to Swan’s surplus? Now we know

The Final Budget Outcome for 2012-13 shows how Wayne Swan’s surplus commitment fell apart - and why he was right to walk away from it.

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Tips and rumours

Who’s next in line for Pacific Mags gig … MMP cuts freelancer rate … test your climate knowledge …

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iSentia index: it’s all about the Liberals now

The iSentia media coverage list looks about as it will for the next three years — Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Bill Shorten are likely to lead the list most weeks, with a smattering of Liberal ministers filling it out.

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We’re only ‘doing it tough’ out of envy

Australians claim they are on Struggle Street when in fact they’ve never had it better. So what’s going on? Economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin examines our aspirations and envy.

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How to spin economics, both here and in China

There’s economic spin and then there’s economic spin, Chinese style. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane compare the digesting and reporting of economic news in Australia and China.

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Swan’s final report card: a treasurer whose triumph was invisible

Wayne Swan is donning his hoodie and heading for the exit. So how did he rate as treasurer? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer argue, despite his inability to communicate, he was a success.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Can we kiss the Gold Coast goodbye? Plus other political views noted along the way.

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iSentia index: good news is shared, but bad news is Gillard’s alone

Voters punish Julia Gillard for bad news, but Tony Abbott seems to share in the spoils of good policy announcements.

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The mystery of Treasury’s disappearing revenue: Parkinson explains

The Treasury Secretary’s discussion of what has gone wrong with revenue forecasting in recent years provides a context for the coming challenges on fiscal policy. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Crikey calling: budget blues — and surprises

Budget week in Canberra highlighted the economic constraints facing an Abbott government — and gave a hint that the Coalition may be Labor lite when it comes to future budgets. Crikey deputy editor Cathy Alexander talks with Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane.

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Abbott’s golden promises

Crikeyreaders talk gold in its various permutations and what the Treasurer’s real job is.

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Swan’s mixed legacy as an economic and fiscal manager

If Wayne Swan had had a couple more budgets like last night’s, he might have faced a different electoral fate.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The normal record of Treasury over the last 20 years was to underestimate likely revenue rather than overestimate it, Richard Farmer reminds us.

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Forecasts: how wrong will Treasury get it this year?

Treasury always gets it wrong — but is the margin of error acceptable? History shows it has a variable record, and suggests what Wayne Swan’s deficit might end up being.

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iSentia index: Swan flies into first as PM loses media ground

No surprises to see Wayne Swan win the most media mentions in budget week. But Tony Abbott shaded the Prime Minister in the fight for attention.

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