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Peter Garrett has plenty to offer in the portfolio of Indigenous Affairs. He may be relatively inexperienced in the parliamentary bearpit, and lack a factional power base, but he makes the visceral connection with Indigenous Australia in a way that very few other denizens of the house on the hill can manage. Garrett gets it, writes Graham Ring.

Ears are burning: Garrett to get black job?

Peter Garrett has plenty to offer in the portfolio of Indigenous Affairs. He may be relatively inexperienced in the parliamentary bearpit, and lack a factional power base, but he makes the visceral connection with Indigenous Australia in a way that very few other denizens of the house on the hill can manage. Garrett gets it, writes Graham Ring.

Well, well, well, doesn't time fly? Here we are, only one sleep away from what Mark Vaile says is the most important moment in the whole history of the Australian nation . . . and that includes WWII and everything! Where, oh where, have the last six weeks gone? If for any reason you have had trouble sorting the beautiful and the bizarre from the banal over the last 40 days (and hasn't there been a bit of that?), then Crikey's Election Tracker Timeline might be able to help.

The Tracker Timeline: Crikey’s Campaign Corkers and C-ck-Ups

Well, well, well, doesn't time fly? Here we are, only one sleep away from what Mark Vaile says is the most important moment in the whole history of the Australian nation . . . and that includes WWII and everything! Where, oh where, have the last six weeks gone? If for any reason you have had trouble sorting the beautiful and the bizarre from the banal over the last 40 days (and hasn't there been a bit of that?), then Crikey's Election Tracker Timeline might be able to help.

With the polls showing a swing of 6-10% to Labor in Victoria, one curious aspect of this election is the lack of any discussion about the prospect of Peter Costello losing his seat of Higgins, writes independent candidate Stephen Mayne.

Could Costello lose his seat? Could he, huh?

With the polls showing a swing of 6-10% to Labor in Victoria, one curious aspect of this election is the lack of any discussion about the prospect of Peter Costello losing his seat of Higgins, writes independent candidate Stephen Mayne.

My, what a magnificent moment yesterday afternoon must have been for Peter Costello, writes Marieke Hardy.

Hardy: The PM says 18 more months, Costello must be livid

My, what a magnificent moment yesterday afternoon must have been for Peter Costello, writes Marieke Hardy.

More evidence of fuel foolishness in regional airlines in Australia has been released this morning in a final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to an incident in which a small turboprop with 16 passengers on board almost ran dry mid flight in Queensland.

Regional flight just 10 minutes from disaster

More evidence of fuel foolishness in regional airlines in Australia has been released this morning in a final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to an incident in which a small turboprop with 16 passengers on board almost ran dry mid flight in Queensland.

Risk is essential to the rent-seeking business models of the modern left. Climate change. GM food. You name it. The modern left is all about beat-ups in exchange for cash, writes Christian Kerr.

The modern Left: exploiting “risk” to make a buck

Risk is essential to the rent-seeking business models of the modern left. Climate change. GM food. You name it. The modern left is all about beat-ups in exchange for cash, writes Christian Kerr.

Peter Beattie’s announcement at the weekend State Labor conference that he will contemplate retiring in twelve months should come as no great surprise.

Beattie departure is straight from the script

Peter Beattie’s announcement at the weekend State Labor conference that he will contemplate retiring in twelve months should come as no great surprise.

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