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Newspoll: 53-47

William BoweJun 16, 2009

The latest fortnightly Newspoll has given the Coalition its best result since the election of the Rudd government, with Labor's lead at 53-47.

Essential Report: 57-43

Possum ComitatusJun 16, 2009

Possum Comitatus wraps the latest Essential Report -– a one point gain to the ALP -- and takes down Christian Kerr in one fell swoop.

Costello ends his long tease

Bernard KeaneJun 15, 200910 Comments

Peter Costello has announced he will not contest the next election, effectively drawing his 20-year political career -- and the Howard years -- to an end. (Revisit the Crikey Costello archive here.)

40 pages of mental health policy clichés

CrikeyJun 15, 2009

Australian Doctor’s political editor Paul Smith laments the latest National Mental Health Policy, endorsed in March, saying it offers "no real clue as to what will be done".

Woolcott and US Embassy slam The Oz for Obama story

by Barry EveringhamJun 15, 20092 Comments

Veteran Australian diplomat Richard Woolcott has labelled a report that the US is not in agreement with Kevin Rudd's Asia-Pacific plan as "mischievous and incorrect", reports Barry Everingham.

Companies must justify their ETS whingeing

Bernard KeaneJun 15, 200910 Comments

The hypocrisy -- or, more accurately, blatant dishonesty -- of some of our biggest polluters is on the public record. Roll up Boral, Bluescope Steel, Caltex, Rio Tinto, Woodside and Xstrata.

The Lowy down on why Rudd Labor just loves the round ball code

Bernard KeaneJun 15, 20091 Comment

It’s always unwise to get between an Australian politician and some sportsmen.

Gillard's other ABCC dilemma: making it work

by Professor David PeetzJun 15, 2009

There is a major clash of cultures between Fair Work Australia tand the Australian Building and Construction Commission, writes Professor David Peetz.

Dear Ms Gillard ... a Crikey job application

CrikeyJun 15, 20091 Comment

Walter Slurry applies for the role of senior adviser within Julia Gillard's office.

There's plenty Rudd could do about CBA's gouging

Adam SchwabJun 15, 2009

The CBA home rate rise last week is typical of Australian banks' cartel behavior, but don't expect Rudd, Gillard and Swan to do anything about it, writes Adam Schwab.

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