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Federal Politics

Political Opinion

MH17: Ukraine seeks advantage in tragedy

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DANIEL FLITTON 6:47am Opinion An old story does the rounds in Australian diplomatic circles about the difficulty of dealing with Russia, a tale that must leave Tony Abbott wondering.

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Tapping away into the night: The Shipping News provides a poster girl for Eric Abetz's new dole plans

Tony Wright

TONY WRIGHT Opinion Should Eric Abetz need a poster girl for the federal government's tough new proposals for job seekers, he could hardly ignore literary character Dawn Budgel.

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COMMENT

New rules for young job seekers an 'aberration'

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PETER MARTIN Opinion Red tape? It's only just begun. Forcing job seekers to apply for 40 jobs each per month will bombard employers with more than 1 million applications per day, every working day of every year.

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Lousy days loom for small businesses bombarded by job-seekers

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PETER MARTIN Opinion Red tape? It's only just begun. Forcing job-seekers to apply for 40 jobs each per month will bombard employers with more than 1 million applications per day, every working day of every year.

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India will want something in return for taking asylum seekers

BEN DOHERTY Opinion India has agreed to repatriate the Indian citizens, if there are any, of the 157 Tamil asylum seekers currently in the Curtin detention centre.

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Jenna Price: Tony Abbott should get back to work and stop focusing on MH17

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JENNA PRICE Opinion What happened with MH17 was appalling. Innocent people murdered as a result of conflict.

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Here comes the Imperator! Potty potentates stake claims on a kingdom of their own

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Andrew Masterson Opinion The term "terra nullius", used to devastating effect in Australia, was deployed again last month, although the context was not so much genocidal as goofy.

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

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Paul Malone Opinion Prime Minister Tony Abbott must have believed he'd found his 9/11 moment when he fronted the media immediately after the Malaysian airliner tragedy.

Costly, cruel, futile: the price of Scott Morrison holding 157 asylum seekers on floating prison

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MICHAEL GORDON Opinion Let's, for a moment, put to one side the ordeal that the Abbott government inflicted on 157 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted off Christmas Island, just outside Australia's migration zone late last month.

Tony Abbott in disaster mode

In short, Tony Abbott has had his first good week for months and months.

JUDITH IRELAND Opinion There has been the sense this week that we have been seeing a different side of Tony Abbott.

How Greg Combet's extraordinary answer made me question the future of Australian democracy

Revelation: Greg Combet.

Conal Hanna Opinion Greg Combet comes across as a thoroughly decent chap, but it seems he still hasn't learnt the lessons of the Rudd/Gillard roller-coaster ride.

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Australia spruiking for a major war against Russia

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JACK WATERFORD Opinion "Around the world, people are crying out for justice,'' a BBC reporter intoned as he watched the ceremonial return of bodies to the Netherlands from eastern Ukraine. "But the politicians are not listening.''

Paid parental leave, childcare: worth doing despite the economics

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PETER MARTIN Opinion Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia's present system of support for childcare and she can't.

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Tony Abbott's next diplomatic challenge over MH17

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MICHAEL GORDON Opinion Having been firmer and sterner than all other leaders in his initial response to the MH17 catastrophe, Tony Abbott is now cautioning against 'facile optimism' in the difficult days ahead.

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Double-standards let Jacqui Lambie off the hook for inappropriate 'well-hung' comments

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie arrives for an interview in the press gallery at Parliament House as a Senator, in Canberra on Thursday 3 July 2014. Photo:

JUDITH IRELAND Opinion If a male politician offered a similar opinion to the PUP senator it would be a career-ending offence.

Stop fiddling around the edges of constitutional reform

Crispin Hull

CRISPIN HULL Opinion Few people look at how spectacularly unsuccessful the ''successful'' referendums were.

ANALYSIS

China looms large over MH17 debate at UN Security Council

Power of two: Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin speaks with his Chinese counterpart Liu Jieyi at a UN Security Council meeting on Syria on July 14.

JOHN GARNAUT Opinion It was no accident that Tony Abbott talked about “countries” in the plural form when he fronted Parliament to lambast the kind of behaviour that led to the MH17 disaster.

Tony Abbott must regain voters' trust, Bill Shorten needs strength

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MICHAEL GORDON Opinion The voters' ranking of Tony Abbott on the last of 11 leadership attributes is the one that offers the Coalition most comfort as he faces awesome challenges on multiple political and social fronts.

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Local tax rules rendered toothless without multinational co-operation

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Paul Malone Opinion 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 three years on its income of $15 billion.

MH17 means it is time for Australia to help shape a global response

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Peter Hartcher Opinion Putin must discover that Russian recidivism will not be tolerated by the world.

Tony Abbott's government srsly needs to get a handle on the Senate

Judith Ireland

JUDITH IRELAND Opinion It was Thursday evening and a weary Senate was deep in the throes of a debate on the mining tax.

Joe Hockey needs to change tack in budget offensive

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MARK KENNY Opinion The Treasurer is still fighting for his budget nine weeks after it was handed down. Perhaps it's time for another approach.

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Battle lines drawn: carbon politics are not going away any time soon

Mark Kenny.

MARK KENNY Opinion The imaginary banner behind Tony Abbott might have read ''Emission accomplished!'' such was his obvious delight as he strode to the lectern on Thursday.

Tony Abbott's Japan remarks open old wounds

Hamish McDonald

HAMISH MCDONALD Opinion Tony Abbott stirred an old and painful issue with his remarks welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Australian parliament last week.

Senate passions run deep in the face of government's carbon tax repeal

Greens leader Senator Christine Milne speaks on the Carbon Tax Repeal bill in the Senate at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 16 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

CHRIS JOHNSON Opinion The death of the carbon tax may well have been an inevitability, but it took the new Senate its entire first sitting fortnight to finally vote it down.

Tony Abbott battles the future by axing carbon tax

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TOM ARUP Opinion Australia is in a climate coma. The bitter five-year political tussle over carbon pricing has left us numb and weary of the debate.

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Sunday roast was lamb to the slaughter of the carbon tax

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PETER MARTIN Opinion The good news is that without the carbon tax you won’t be paying $100 for a Sunday roast. But you never did.

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Does Clive Palmer have a women problem?

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JACQUELINE MALEY Opinion Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has many politically incorrect quirks, but his alleged bullying of female Senate staff has observers asking: Does everyone's favourite jolly billionaire have a women problem?

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Analysis

Financial dossier sheds light on super and retirement incomes

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JOHN COLLETT Opinion The Financial System Inquiry's interim report is not just about the banks. The inquiry has a surprising amount to say about superannuation, retirement incomes and financial advice. For example, the report questions whether gearing, or borrowing to invest inside a super fund should be allowed.

Why did a Chinese newspaper call Julie Bishop a 'complete fool'?

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in her office at Parliament House.

JOHN GARNAUT Opinion The personal attack raised eyebrows in the diplomatic corps both in Australia and abroad. So what was Ms Bishop’s sin?