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China Free Trade Agreement won't lead to jobs growth

Paul Malone The China Australia Free Trade Agreement will generate increased revenue for primary producers but will do little for jobs growth

Not all questions equal in marriage debate

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Paul Malone Assuming he's re-elected to government, what question would Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, put to the people in a plebiscite or referendum on same sex marriage?

Decision to raise national terror level has cost implications

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Paul Malone Escalating Australia's security level is unlikely to make us safer.

Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey face fiscal scrutiny

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Paul Malone Those who had been panicked into voting Liberal because of all the crisis talks drummed up by Abbott and Hockey, must have realised by May this year that it was all a ruse.

Clive Palmer's China-US confusion-ism

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Paul Malone The film footage of tanks rolling down the streets of Beijing 15 years ago may well have been in Clive Palmer’s mind last Monday as he talked of the Chinese government killing its own people.

Did Abbott believe he had his twin-towers moment with airliner's shooting down?


Paul Malone Prime Minister Tony Abbott must have believed he’d found his nine/eleven moment when he fronted the media immediately after the Malaysian airliner tragedy.

Local tax rules rendered toothless without multinational co-operation

Paul Malone Australia’s largest coalminer, Glencore, was last month rocked by a report by Michael West,✓ business columnist for Fairfax Media, saying it had paid almost zero tax during the past...

Pledging beyond means haunts Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Paul Malone No matter how you look at it, it's near impossible to see how Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey can get out of the budget trap they have set for themselves.

PBO admits to cost doubts

By Paul Malone, Bianca Hall Many of the official costings the government has used to justify its budget-tightening credentials are unreliable.

Federal belt-tightening figures deemed wobbly

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Paul Malone and Bianca Hall Many of the official costings the federal government has used to justify its budget-tightening credentials are unreliable.

Budget office deems billions in savings unreliable

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Paul Malone, Bianca Hall Many of the official costings the government has used to justify its budget-tightening credentials are unreliable.

Reality blights the meet and greet

Paul Malone Although most voters don't think so, it's worth giving up television on a Tuesday night to attend a forum of political candidates in a marginal seat.

Coalition talks in shapes not figures

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Paul Malone Today there are many who claim that the government over-did the stimulus package after the 2008 crisis.

PS must walk a fine line to election day

Paul Malone For months, Tony Abbott has been trying to invoke caretaker conventions to stop the government from governing.

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Abbott PS purge on the cards

Paul Malone TONY ABBOTT will have the opportunity to emulate his hero John Howard and purge the senior ranks of the public service if he wins government in seven months' time.

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It's IT's little things that annoy

Paul Malone 'ADOBE Flash Player Update Available.'' Is there any more annoying pop-up on your computer screen than this notice?

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When perceptions don't add up

Paul Malone POLLS repeatedly show the public believes the Coalition is best able to manage the Australian economy.

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Trials of taxing a passing phase

Paul Malone TO FORECAST revenue from the Mining Resource Rent Tax (MRRT), start by sacrificing a goat and scattering its entrails, Deloitte Access Economics suggested in November 2011.

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Keating consumed with bitterness

Paul Malone It seems former prime minister Bob Hawke and treasurer Paul Keating will never be reconciled, with the two still at odds over events from nearly 30 years ago.

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An Asian vision blinkered by greed

Paul Malone The white paper on Australia in the Asian Century is a catalogue of things Australians can do to benefit from changes happening in Asia.