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THE LAST MILE

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The Coalition today announces its alternative broadband plan, its first major policy release since the start of the year. Malcolm Turnbull says the plan will cost $20 billion and be completed by 2019. It will use existing assets, including cable TV networks, …

DIPLOMATIC NICETIES

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Leading the most senior Australian delegation ever to visit China, Julia Gillard became one of the first world leaders to meet new Chinese president Xi Jinping. The visit comes at a time of heightened tension throughout the Asian region. This is …

EMPTY NESTERS

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After all the hullabaloo, the proposed superannuation changes were announced this morning. Far from being a 'Cyprus-style' grab on working people's nest eggs, or a recipe for class war, they appear modest, sensible and designed for the long-term. From …

COUNTING MILESTONES

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With the political media concerned primarily with the ALP's internal problems and the nest eggs of the wealthiest Australians, three major milestones in Australian public life, affecting the nation's most disadvantaged citizens, have passed virtually …

THE TWO TONYS

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In today's Australian, Paul Kelly writes about the 'Two Tonys'. He describes the campaign to re-make Tony Abbott into a prime ministerial figure. On the one hand, we're to understand Tony is a kinder, gentler, more moderate family …

CALL AND RESPONSE

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It is hard keeping track of the strange dynamics of ALP politics at the moment. Far from the unity that might have been expected after the failed leadership bid, its members have begun to wage a cold war to claim the mantle of 'true believers'. …

SNAKE IN THE GRASS

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The dire warnings about the future of the ALP are arriving hourly. With new polls pointing at a generational wipeout, commentators and Labor elder statesmen are lining up to offer their prognostications and advice. They are under no illusion about …

HOME BY CHRISTMAS

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Usually an announcement like this would be a big deal - it's almost a trope of war reporting.  But the withdrawal of the bulk of Australia's troops from Afghanistan by Christmas has been barely reported. Arguably, this lack of discussion …

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES

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Julia Gillard unsurprisingly put a premium on loyalty in her ministerial reshuffle. Most of the vacated portfolios were loaded onto trusted allies Craig Emerson, Gary Gray, Greg Combet, Mark Dreyfus and Tony Burke. Anthony Albanese also picked up new …

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