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UPSETTING MINING ROYALTY

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It's become clearer now why Campbell Newman was so keen to fight the federal mining 'super-profits' tax: he wanted any extra tax revenues to go to his own government. In the effort to bring its budget back to surplus, Queensland yesterday became the third …

VERY TEMPORARY

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The first round of asylum seekers will be sent to Nauru by the end of the week, under the government's new processing regime. They'll be put in tents, because the permanent detention facilities are still under construction. Why the rush? Because 2150 …

POLITICAL ANIMAL

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David Marr's new Quarterly Essay, Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott, will be much discussed this week, and for good reason. Abbott is a deeply polarising figure; so, arguably, is Marr. The general public, perhaps sensing that what we …

THE ’NEW’ PARADIGM

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"It says something about our country and about us," says Anne Summers, "that we could subject our leader to such vile abuse." Her bracing lecture, available to read here, comes with a legitimate warning, for all of the sexist material about Julia Gillard …

DIRTY HANDS

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Adam Bandt called Martin Ferguson the "minister for the twentieth century" the other night, but the Greens are probably using stronger terms behind closed doors today. Ferguson, Resources Minister, has announced that the government is shelving plans to …

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

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Chinese consortium Shandong Ruyi is seeking to buy Australia's largest cotton farm, Cubbie Station, and the purchase now has the approval of the government.The decision to approve has opened a rift among Coalition members. First outspoken National …

GRINDING IT OUT

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The Prime Minister has started to develop a playbook for major reforms. Learning from the Rudd government's chaotic experiences (the mining and carbon taxes, hospital reform), Gillard's approach is a more traditional one, and it runs like this: commission …

THE BEST KIDS IN THE WORLD

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Today Julia Gillard will announce details of the next plank of her government's reform agenda: the long-awaited school funding overhaul following the Gonski review. The Prime Minister will announce plans to put Australian schools into the top five in …

A TRAGIC DAY

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Yesterday was a day of many tragedies.Five Australian soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan. Three of the deaths were at the hands of an Afghan soldier that the Australians were training, a fact that must make the loss even more …

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