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In One Day, 17 Signs Of How Bad Press Treatment Will Be Under Trump

Yesterday’s press conference laid bare President-elect Donald Trump’s strategy for dealing with the press as president: He will seek to delegitimize news outlets that provide critical coverage, try to turn them against one another, reward sycophantic coverage from openly pro-Trump … Continue reading

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Malcolm Turnbull chooses the truth defence, even if it means war with Tony Abbott

Malcolm Turnbull has shown, albeit reluctantly, that he will take on his predecessor publicly, if he must. Source: Malcolm Turnbull chooses the truth defence, even if it means war with Tony Abbott

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Xenophon shoots down Abbott’s proposal on 18C with ‘no, no and no’ – as it happened | Australia news | The Guardian

The Coalition prepares to bring registered organisations bill to crack down on unions while the windfarm commissioner will appear before Senate estimates. As it happened Source: Xenophon shoots down Abbott’s proposal on 18C with ‘no, no and no’ – as … Continue reading

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Idiocracy now: Donald Trump and the Dunning-Kruger effect — when stupid people don’t know they are stupid – Salon.com

Trump is not merely ignorant. He is also supremely confident and feels superior — the most dangerous kind of idiot Source: Idiocracy now: Donald Trump and the Dunning-Kruger effect — when stupid people don’t know they are stupid – Salon.com

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Sacking public servants doesn’t always lower public spending

There are good reasons to doubt the prudence of Tony Abbott’s attack on public service jobs. Source: Sacking public servants doesn’t always lower public spending

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Senator James Ashby: Why not?

Is Ashbygate assassin James Ashby on the way to become a One Nation senator? Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones sees just four obstacles in his way. Source: Senator James Ashby: Why not?

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Tony Abbott left grinning as Malcolm Turnbull flounders

Tony Abbott’s grin said it all. When the former prime minister left Parliament House after Thursday’s embarrassing lower house debacle he looked perilously close to schadenfreude overdose. Source: Tony Abbott left grinning as Malcolm Turnbull flounders

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Election 2016: Former Liberal nominates against Fiona Scott in Lindsay

Liberal MP Fiona Scott’s battle to retain her seat of Lindsay is under mounting pressure after a Penrith councillor and former Liberal nominated against her. Source: Election 2016: Former Liberal nominates against Fiona Scott in Lindsay

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Institute of Public Affairs: the think tank with arms everywhere

Question. When is libertarianism not liberating? Answer: When it’s the low-profile but remarkably influential Institute for Public Affairs. Source: Institute of Public Affairs: the think tank with arms everywhere

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Abbott Confirms He’ll Directly Confront Putin About Money Laundering Allegations

By The Shovel on April 4, 2016 The tricky question of who will confront Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about an alleged $2 billion tax-avoidance scheme has been answered this evening, with former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying he’ll … Continue reading

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Republicans and Australian Conservatives want War

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Malcolm’s NBN innovation: from helpful and important to ferret underpants | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Now he is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should totally be able to make the NBN work. Just turn it off then on again Source: Malcolm’s NBN innovation: from helpful and important to ferret underpants | First Dog on the Moon … Continue reading

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Why should we be concerned by the destruction of Peter Slipper?

In a speech at the official launch of his new book last week (10/12/15), Ashbygate: The Plot to Destroy Australia’s Speaker author Ross Jones explains why this scandal won’t go away any time soon. Source: Why should we be concerned … Continue reading

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The government is considering whether to scrap or delay its tax green paper

Call me naïve, but I can’t see why Malcolm Turnbull would rush to an election early next year after flagging he will go full term. Source: The government is considering whether to scrap or delay its tax green paper

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Solemn, Reflective Tony Abbott Wondering If He Should’ve Said Death Cult More

By The Shovel on September 28, 2015 Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was today reflecting on the occasions he had the opportunity to say Death Cult but didn’t. “It’s those ‘if only’s’ and ‘what ifs’ that go through your mind,” … Continue reading

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Liberal leadership spill coup sparks News Corp ‘civil war’

Malcolm Turnbull’s overthrow of Tony Abbott has ‘set off a civil war within News Corp’, according to the media giant’s conservative commentator Andrew Bolt. Source: Liberal leadership spill coup sparks News Corp ‘civil war’

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How it happened: Inside the Malcolm Turnbull leadership coup. More plausible than Andrew Bolt

‘This guy has got to go, and it has to happen before Christmas,’ Malcolm Turnbull said of Tony Abbott a month ago in conversation with colleagues. Source: How it happened: Inside the Malcolm Turnbull leadership coup

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Liberal Party To Let Tony Abbott Keep Being Prime Minister In His Head

By The Shovel on September 17, 2015 Saying it was ‘harmless’ and that ‘we should just let him have his fun’, members of the Coalition front bench have agreed to let Tony Abbott keep on thinking that he is running … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Turnbull and the end of Abbottland

Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence hopes that the ascension of Malcolm Turnbull to the prime ministership will usher in a better and less brutal form of politics. Source: Prime Minister Turnbull and the end of Abbottland

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Julia Gillard’s response to the latest leadership spill.

No, she’s not chortling into her cornflakes. Source: Julia Gillard’s response to the latest leadership spill.

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Julia Gillard Rushed To Hospital After Overdosing On Schadenfreude. | SBS Comedy

Source: Julia Gillard Rushed To Hospital After Overdosing On Schadenfreude. | SBS Comedy

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Government Starts Search For New Electorate

By The Shovel on September 13, 2015 The Coalition will today start the painstaking search for a fresh electorate, after it became apparent the current one had become increasingly out of touch with the Government’s reform agenda. There is no … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott likely to face Liberal leadership spill regardless of result of Canning by-election – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

It looks increasingly likely the Prime Minister will face a leadership spill before the year is out. Source: Tony Abbott likely to face Liberal leadership spill regardless of result of Canning by-election – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Incoming…! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Illustration by Simon Kneebone For those watching closely this week, Rupert Murdoch’s tweets clearly signposted how the political scenario is likely to unfold over the next six months. There will be a snap election. The trigger for this will arise from either … Continue reading

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Government caves in to big business | The New Daily

EXCLUSIVE: The Abbott administration has dropped a major reform to competition law after big business allegedly threatened an anti-government campaign. Source: Government caves in to big business | The New Daily

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Abbott under pressure to boost refugee intake amid desperate scenes in Europe | Australia news | The Guardian

Two Liberal premiers and several cabinet ministers call for action, with Mike Baird saying ‘NSW remains ready and willing to do more than our fair share’ Source: Abbott under pressure to boost refugee intake amid desperate scenes in Europe | … Continue reading

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The Nazis, ashamed? Abbott’s Third Reich comparisons are not ‘gaffes’ | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian

There’s something very unsettling about the prime minister invocation of a fictitious Nazi sense of shame as part of his moral account of the Islamic State Source: The Nazis, ashamed? Abbott’s Third Reich comparisons are not ‘gaffes’ | Jason Wilson … Continue reading

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Fact check: Is it a crime to attack a royal commissioner?

The claim: Tony Abbott says it is a criminal offence to attack a royal commissioner. The verdict: There is a criminal offence for “insulting” a royal commissioner but experts say the provision is likely to be unconstitutional because it impinges … Continue reading

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Bombing Syria smells like a khaki election, Mr Abbott

Source: Bombing Syria smells like a khaki election, Mr Abbott

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Australia’s Brutal Treatment of Migrants – The New York Times

The government’s policy would be a terrible model for other prosperous countries facing huge numbers of people fleeing wars and persecution. Source: Australia’s Brutal Treatment of Migrants – The New York Times

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Desperate Abbott struggles to maintain control –

Like a cat struggling to avoid a bath, Tony Abbott has been scrabbling for purchase; desperately latching on to anything within reach in the hope of escaping his dire situation. Source: Desperate Abbott struggles to maintain control – The Drum … Continue reading

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Abbott Threatens To Turn Off ABC’s Twitter Machine

By The Shovel on August 25, 2015 A furious Tony Abbott has told the ABC he will personally turn off its Twitter at the wall if the national broadcaster doesn’t bring its flagship show Q&A into line. The demand comes … Continue reading

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Please, think of the poor satirists before you shaft the PM

Please, think of the poor satirists before you shaft the PM.

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Abbott is losing the plot in his war on environmentalists

Environmentalism: communism?

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Abbott government may be out on a limb with voters over climate action as emissions announcement looms

Abbott government may be out on a limb with voters over climate action as emissions announcement looms.

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Method in the madness | The Monthly

Method in the madness | The Monthly.

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Abbott refuses to listen to the electorate

Indigenous backdown further isolates Abbott

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It’s inability to pass meaningful legislation is just one of many areas where the government has substantially failed.

Is Abbott’s government Australia’s worst ever?

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Tony Abbott faces further backlash following rejection of Indigenous constitutional recognition talks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott faces further backlash following rejection of Indigenous constitutional recognition talks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Abbott’s Middle Eastern Double Cross.

Allies tolerate Turkey’s double game to boost IS fight: analysts

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Left unattended, the crisis surrounding Bishop threatens to consume the entire government.

Abbott’s loyalty to Bishop invites calamity

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Unexplained

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In turning back boats in this way Australia could be in breach of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, which Australia has ratified.

As evidence of abuse mounts, prosecution of Abbott Govt in ICC looking more likely

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US think tank labels Abbott “shockingly incompetent”, compares him with “unhinged” leaders like Kim Jong-un & Putin.

Who will rid us of this turbulent priest?

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Pamplona a Metaphor fo Aus Politics

Australian gored twice by bull in Pamplona

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Tony Abbott is in a sticky situation. Tony Abbott: “I will not change my mind on gay marriage”

Gay marriage: Why it’s better to be a U.S. Republican than an Australian Liberal

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It’s now he clear did nothing wrong, and Abbott’s demand that “heads should roll”was unjust and he should apologise for it.

Tony Abbott and Zaky Mallah: The story so far Bob Ellis

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Abbott’s not much chop at leadership. He’s making a hash of the economy. But he is good at fear mongering. And we’re all suckers for it.

Abbott’s hiding a big mess

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Black and white |Public debate is becoming dangerously simplified

Black and white | The Monthly.

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Australia Not Ready To Join 21st Century Just Yet, Abbott Says

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his views on joining the 21st Century haven’t changed. “I think it is inevitable that Australia will one day join the current century. But my views on this matter are well known. And as I’ve … Continue reading

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