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Country voters miss out on blogging PM

Crikey August 24, 2009

PM Kevin Rudd may be in a tweeting and live-blogging frenzy, but it's alienating regional voters who don't have access to the fast speed internet required to interact, writes North Coast Voices.

Libs in a twist over China

Crikey August 24, 2009

The Coalition just can't decide what their stand is on China/Australia relations. The only thing they can agree on: all the diplomatic problems are thanks to PM Kevin Rudd, writes Lenore Taylor.

Afghanistan: the war that no one mentions

Crikey August 22, 2009

It's costing us over A$1 billion per year, 50% of us oppose Australian troops being deployed and it's failed to improve the rights of Afghan women. Why is public debate about Australia's involvement in the war in Afghanistan muted? asks Lee Rhiannon.

Morgan: 58-42

William Bowe August 21, 2009

The last fortnight’s face-to-face Morgan polling has Labor’s two-party lead down from 60.5-39.5 to 58-42, while Labor's primary vote is down three to 47.5 per cent.

Conroy’s anti-siphoning review set to king hit subscription TV

Bernard Keane August 21, 2009 9 Comments

All the risks in the anti-siphoning review lie with the subscription television sector, or, as Stephen Conroy’s Department has taken to calling it in a minor but noticeable change of usage, the “pay television sector'.

Government 2.0 Taskforce: seeding a cultural revolution

Stilgherrian August 21, 2009

Last night's Government 2.0 Taskforce Road Show in Sydney didn't look like the start of a revolution. Yet the Taskforce has indeed been charged with fomenting a cultural revolution.

Home birth wingnuts shouting down major steps forward for midwifery

Bernard Keane August 21, 2009 66 Comments

No one is stopping Australian women who want home births from choosing them, writes Bernard Keane.

Bernard Keane’s bits and bobs

Bernard Keane August 21, 2009 3 Comments

Liberal Party of Tas plus Exclusive Brethren. Anna Bligh on accountability and Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young on comfort women.

Turnbull underlings wrecking the Libs

Crikey August 21, 2009

Last night Malcolm Turnbull should have flown back to Sydney, gone home and had a few stiff drinks. It has been a hell of a week for him. And this time, it wasn’t of his own making.

Pollies make friends, even with old enemies

Crikey August 21, 2009

Pollies may fight and bicker in parliament, but every so often, for a worthy cause, they do the political equivalent of holding hands and singing Kumbaya, writes Annabel Crabb.