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POWER BILLS

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"Power bills have become the new petrol prices," according to Julia Gillard in her speech today. Power prices have risen up to 69% over the past five years, and the government is keen to make the point that prices were rising long before the carbon tax …

FREE SPEECH

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Generally Tony Abbott's words have shed little light on how he would govern in practical terms (by design, no doubt) but in today's speech at the Institute of Public Affairs, Abbott's view is clear: he stands with Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones, Gina Rinehart …

SELLING THE FARM

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Tony Abbott and the Coalition are starting to give shape to their position on Australia's engagement with Asia.Just a week after announcing to China that an Abbott government would introduce a more stringent test on foreign (read: Chinese) business investment …

U.S. FORCES

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The United States could base a nuclear-equipped aircraft carrier fleet in Perth, according to plans to be presented to Congress today (reported by the Age). This is one of the options being considered by the Pentagon-commissioned report …

BRUCE. WAYNE.

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Wayne Swan's John Button Lecture, to be delivered tonight, is an ambitious attempt to link ALP values with those of the great Bruce Springsteen. More accurately, it is an attempt to locate values that the ALP can promote as its own. Like Springsteen, …

DIRT SPREADS

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The timing couldn't be worse. On the day after Mal Brough won preselection to contest Peter Slipper's seat at the next election, ABC's 7:30 reported that Slipper's accuser, James Ashby, is himself under criminal investigation, …

A MOMENT’S REPRIEVE

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It's two weeks until parliament next sits, and with most of the nation's attention turned to the Olympics, some in the government may appreciate a brief respite from the grind of recent months. Following another hard-won victory negotiating NDIS trials …

ANY OPPORTUNITY

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"Another wasted chance for Gillard", laments the Australian. The 'offer' referred to in its lead article was actually more a suggestion. It was made by QLD premier Campbell Newman to Julia Gillard over dinner on Tuesday night, and it …

IMPASSE

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The National Disability Insurance scheme is a program that promises to virtually double the funding for disability services in Australia and greatly improve the way these are provided. It has been widely praised, and support for it has been pledged by …

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