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THE NEW, NEW ECONOMIC REALITY

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In the traditional pre-budget bad news drop, Prime Minister Gillard will today reveal a $12 billion hole in tax revenue. Back in December, the government was still insisting it could deliver a surplus based on the anticipated tax take. But if it was questioned …

CLIVE FOR PM

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It must be fun to be Clive Palmer. Last night on Lateline, the mining magnate announced his latest venture: he will be heading up a new political party to compete in the September federal election, aiming to run candidates in every seat. Tony Jones …

BARRY DEALS

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NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell threw Julia Gillard a lifeline by signing up to her signature Gonski funding package. It came as something of a surprise in terms of timing, but O'Farrell has done a clever thing. He knows, as do most state premiers, …

THE HISTORY WARS

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Christopher Pyne, the Opposition's education spokesman, has told Sky News that a Coalition government would review the national curriculum because it didn't give enough prominence to ANZAC Day. He also attacked the current curriculum …

LONG-RANGE FORECAST

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Wayne Swan has announced that tax revenues were $7.5 billion lower than forecast this financial year, and the budget will not return to surplus until tax collections recover. The Opposition has heard the signals and back-pedalled on the promise of immediate …

CHOOSING SIDES

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Federal Coalition spokesman Christopher Pyne announced this morning that the Liberal Party may change its same-sex marriage policy to allow a conscience vote in the next parliament. Barry O'Farrell has declared his support for same-sex marriage …

SITUATION NORMAL

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In the past two days, Europe's carbon market has crashed, with the carbon price collapsing to $4 per tonne. Australia's carbon tax (fixed at $23 per tonne) is due to be replaced by a trading scheme, in 2015, linked to Europe's. When this happens, …

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

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The Immigration Department has delivered a scathing assessment of its own detention facility on Manus Island. In an unusual submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, it listed unreliable and unsafe power, tents degrading in the …

UNSOLD POLICIES

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Just 48 hours after its announcement, the Gonski education reform package is dangerously poised. This is a highly symbolic moment for the Gillard government. It is surely the last major reform that the government will enact before the election, and for …

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