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THE GREAT HYPE

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The Opposition was preparing to spend the final week of parliament pursuing Julia Gillard over the AWU/Slater & Gordon affair. The mainstream media - the ABC and Fairfax by now in lockstep with The Australian – were building up a head of steam and …

A TACTICAL BREAK

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Tony Abbott countered the government's proposed processing changes with some of his own.The government's policy of bridging visas had brought it within a hair's breadth of the Coalition; Abbott tracked further to the right again, announcing that the Coalition …

OMNISHAMBLES

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With current arrangements failing, the government announced yet another change to its processing regime. The introduction of bridging visas for refugees, reminiscent of Howard-era Temporary Protection Visas, drew the inevitable storm of criticism.Under …

NAURU: IN THE STOP ZONE

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An Amnesty International delegation visited the Nauru detention centre yesterday. They were shocked by what they saw.  There are around 400 people living in cramped tents, up to 14 in each tent. Temperatures reach 40 degrees during the day, and when …

NO EASY ALLIANCES

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Julia Gillard arrived in Phnom Penh last night for the East Asia Summit. Trade negotiations can often be a dry affair, but the undercurrents at this conference will be fascinating.As America under Obama shifts its strategic and economic focus back to our …

THOSE WERE THE DAYS: JULIE GILLON AND JULIA GILLARD

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No doubt fed up with the stream of inferences about Julia Gillard's past, the ALP yesterday decided to dish a little dirt of its own.Labor MPs invoked "Australians' understandable anger over the fate of asbestos victims," (Sam Maiden, Daily Telegraph) …

HERE ON EARTH

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In today's AFR, Laura Tingle quotes extensively from a very interesting piece of correspondence by former Bligh government transport minister Rachel Nolan. She writes that “in the absence of a clear vision of the modern role of government, …

TO BE CONTINUED

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The heavy coverage of the the Gillard/AWU affair continues today.The Australian's reporting, in particular, is tenacious. While yet to uncover any evidence of wrongdoing by Gillard, it is investing a lot in this story, firm in its belief that …

NOT SINCE THE RUM CORPS

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While much of the national press this week has been consumed by the announcement of the royal commission into child sex abuse, the ICAC inquiry in NSW has been hearing astonishing evidence about alleged corruption in the former ALP state government.The …

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