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OLD WOUNDS

The Coalition's pursuit of Labor was entirely understandable and justifiable when it was in Opposition. Using the power and privileges of government to continue to flog old wounds risks looking not only petty but vindictive. The Coalition …

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NO WIMPS

"You don't want a wimp running border protection," said Tony Abbott yesterday, attempting to defend Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. It was an extraordinary response, given the issue revolves around one man being beaten to death and …

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A FRESH ELECTION

The High Court declared the WA Senate result void, so the entire state will go back to the polls, most likely in April or May, to elect six federal senators. The result will dictate how many cross-bench votes the Abbott government needs to pass legislation …

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BAD MAPS

It beggars belief that the vessel commanders conducting Operation Sovereign Borders wouldn't know the location of sovereign borders. The report issued into Australia's six "inadvertent" incursions into Indonesian waters only suggests …

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CLEAR AS DAY

The details of what happened on Manus Island are gradually emerging, regardless of the efforts of Scott Morrison. The situation was obviously out of control. But if anyone is relying on the minister responsible to take responsibility, or explain what …

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HOWLS OF PROTEST

In breaking news, one asylum seeker is dead and 77 have been treated for injuries following a rolling series of serious disturbances at the Manus Island detention centre. Unconfirmed reports suggest scenes of carnage involving ongoing rioting by …

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TERRITORIAL TENSIONS

The Indonesian government had only just finished protesting to Australian ambassador Greg Moriarty over the Abbott government's border protection policies when its foreign minister Marty Natalegawa was again fronting the media to object to Australian …

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BUT WILL IT FLY?

Unemployment has hit 6%, the highest rate in a decade. With the bad news coming just days after Toyota announced its exit from Australian manufacturing, there is renewed pressure on the government to outline its plan for jobs. Treasurer Joe Hockey has …

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YOU DECIDE

Alastair Furnival, the chief of staff of Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash, intervened to shut down a website late last week. The website contained detailed information on Australia's new labelling policy for food and beverages, which is to …

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STILL CLOSING THE GAP

This morning Tony Abbott delivered this year's Closing the Gap report on indigenous disadvantage to a joint sitting of parliament. The report, intended to track progress on indigenous welfare, life expectancy, child mortality, employment and …

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TOUGH LUCK

The federal government was unaware that Toyota was about to announce the end of car making in Australia. Toyota will cease manufacturing in 2017, heralding the end of the line too for the web of component manufacturers that currently employ up to 40,000 …

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ENGINEERING A ROYAL COMMISSION

Cabinet is expected to sign off today on a new Royal Commission into union corruption. Following revelations by Fairfax and the ABC about malfeasance in the building and construction industry, the federal government believes the time is right for …

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BLACK-OUT

Fairfax has published an extensive investigative report on the recent allegations that Navy personnel deliberately burned the hands of asylum seekers during a towback operation. Michael Bachelard's account, based on a detailed interview with …

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ALL ABOUT PAUL HOWES

Paul Howes laid out his vision for Australian industrial relations at the National Press Club yesterday. The Australian Workers’ Union national secretary said unions must root out any corruption, because it undermined the interests of the "2 …

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THE NEW IR WAR

You know something's really gone wrong for the Coalition when even Dennis Shanahan labels it a political failure. The SPC Ardmona issue yesterday went from bad to worse for the government. Following Liberal member Sharman Stone's accusation of …