Nick Feik

Nick Feik
Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.



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The New Senate

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The Senate vote counting is now complete. There may be a recount in Western Australia, at the request of Greens senator Scott Ludlam following his narrow defeat. But barring any changes, the new Senate – which will sit from July 1, 2014 – …

SUGAR ON THE TABLE

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On his inaugural state visit, Tony Abbott was quick to apologise for his predecessors' past behaviour regarding Indonesia, for the live cattle bans and "putting sugar on the table for people smugglers." But he was a little more circumspect …

MATURE GOVERNMENT

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Abbott has promised a mature government. His earliest challenge is to deal with the consequences of his team's immaturity in Opposition. Abbott's first state visit (today) is to Jakarta. The overblown rhetoric has already been put aside, …

MANAGING BLOCS

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Tony Abbott is expected to announce his new ministry today. With a few notable exceptions, it will largely resemble the leadership team he put together in Opposition, as promised.  Judging from various leaks to media the major changes are likely …

Culture wars need to be consigned to history

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"Mr Abbott, if you care about us at all (and we know you do because your daughters say you care about everybody), please spare us a rerun of the 'culture wars'. You can sense them grinding into gear again, the 'right' salivating a …

From little margins, big margins grow

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"Like many people around Australia, a group of Indi locals watched the past three years of politics – one of the ugliest and most negative in the country’s history – in despair. Feeling alienated from what they saw in Canberra, …

PM for Indigenous Affairs?

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"No-one, including within the media, ever stopped to ask Aboriginal people if they actually wanted a "Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs", and in particular whether or not they wanted Abbott. As it turns out, they apparently don't. …

Abbott policies anger Indonesia

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"Tony Abbott faces new hurdles in his bid to recruit Indonesia to his plans on asylum seekers, with Jakarta delivering its sternest broadside yet at the Coalition's border protection policies. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has …

HIGH NOON

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Labor MPs are back in Canberra for their first caucus meeting since the election. Top of the agenda is, of course, the party's leadership. Bill Shorten has already declared his candidacy, deciding to make his pitch to supporters via the media yesterday. …

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