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Wilkie Jockeys To Shore Up Power

“The Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie held talks with Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, and Labor's chief parliamentary tactician, Anthony Albanese, about his proposed poker machine reforms and other policy issues in what sources said was a bid to leverage the tightened parliamentary numbers to his advantage.”

A Reality Check On The Peter Slipper ‘Scandal’

“What it comes down to is this: Peter Slipper is entitled to the presumption of innocence. He is entitled not to have his reputation destroyed. He is entitled to expect that any and all investigations into his alleged conduct will not be subject to political pressure, if not outright interference. In short, he is entitled to the same rights as every other citizen of Australia.”

The Rorting Oddball Labor Should Have Avoided

“It will take some time to resolve what [Slipper] has or hasn’t done. And the great risk for Swan and Gillard is that it will drift on through the budget session, where their message about the surplus will be undermined by the massive distraction from Slippery Pete, and their wisdom of their decision to cuddle up to him in the first place.”

Experts Back MP Craig Thomson On Cards

"Embattled MP Craig Thomson hired handwriting experts to examine credit card receipts used at a brothel in a bid to clear his name. The three credit card slips examined by the handwriting experts revealed three different people allegedly forged Mr Thomson's signature when paying for sexual services."

Economic Gloom Deepens Europe's Political Crisis

“Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte became the latest euro-zone leader to fall victim to the region's economic funk, tendering his resignation after failing to win enough backing in parliament for measures to cut the country's budget deficit. The leaders of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy also have been forced out recently as the region's economy worsens.”

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