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Crikey's fantasy cabinet, with four times the women

Crikey's fantasy cabinet, with four times the women

Tony Abbott reckons he just can't room for more than one woman in his 19-member cabinet, so Crikey has done it for him. Check out our fantasy cabinet, which has four times as many women. You're welcome, Tony.

When you hate on Mirabella, you’re one step from the fruit bowl

When you hate on Mirabella, you’re one step from the fruit bowl

It's become the hobby du jour in Leftie ghettoes to hate on Sophie Mirabella as she struggles to hold her seat. Mirabella's crime? She is apparently annoying and unlikeable. Let's stop and think about that.

Conroy announces first tranche of media reforms

Conroy announces first tranche of media reforms

Stephen Conroy has unveiled the first stage of the government's response to the Convergence Review.

Blowback from Sydney riots: 'punch her for the police'

Blowback from Sydney riots: 'punch her for the police'

Articles by various Muslim writers this week have displayed differing impulses, sometimes within the same article. I'm hedging my bets and trying both.

Thomson and Slipper: desperate times for a desperate government

Thomson and Slipper: desperate times for a desperate government

The Gillard government has been, in policy terms, a good one. It’s not up there with the Hawke-Keating or early Howard governments, but its economic management has been better than both of those courtesy of the steady hand of Wayne Swan, Treasury and the independent RBA, and it has accumulated a substantial reform agenda in […]

Nanny Sends Tracey and Tony to the Naughty Corner

Nanny Sends Tracey and Tony to the Naughty Corner

Tony Abbott’s proposal to provide taxpayer-funded rebates to subside the cost of nannies made me roll my eyes, but not much more. It’s Tony, after all – I don’t expect any better from him. The string of self-indulgent, self-justifying, sense-of-entitlement utter bullshit articles by female journalists and commentators like Tracy Spicer, on the other hand, […]

Is China showing Australia the way on carbon emissions?

Is China showing Australia the way on carbon emissions?

Showing Australia the way. My eagle-eyed colleague Glenn Dyer spotted this on the Xinhua website : “China introduces nationwide resource tax, adjusts rate.” “The State Council, or China’s cabinet, announced on Monday it will tax all resource products starting Nov. 1, extending the resource tax on domestic sales of crude oil and natural gas from some regions […]

The health funding blame game continues

The health funding blame game continues

The buck passing on public hospital funding is well and truly back. The Tasmanian government last week announced it would cut more than $60 million from its elective surgery budget over the next three years. That means, according to federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, that the state risks missing out on Commonwealth funding for not […]

Cracks in the strange creation of Queensland's Liberal National Party

Cracks in the strange creation of Queensland's Liberal National Party

There was always something strange about the combination of the Queensland Liberal and National parties into a single Liberal National Party. The interests and beliefs of city and country conservatives have their differences but they were papered over in the quest to create the united front that would defeat the dreaded Labor Party. It might […]

Gillard's future according to the Crikey Leadership Indicator

Gillard's future according to the Crikey Leadership Indicator

So suppose Labor does take the plunge and sack another Prime Minister: who would the party turn to? Yesterday morning’s Nielsen poll puts a strong case for Kevin Rudd’s return but the betting markets on the event don’t have him favourite. Some bookmakers have Simon Crean as the most likely choice while others opt for […]