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The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How hard will Tony Abbott run against the Finkel plan?

Bedding down an energy security policy based broadly on the Finkel model is now crucial for Malcolm Turnbull. But the issue will also test Tony Abbott’s judgement and influence, in what has long been a…
Former trade minister Andrew Robb walked from parliament into a high-paying post with a Chinese company. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Chinese influence compromises the integrity of our politics

This week’s ABC Four Corners/Fairfax expose of Chinese activities in Australia is alarming – not just for its revelations about a multi-fronted pattern of influence-seeking, but also for what it says about…
Richard Di Natale is publicly perched on the barbed-wire fence over the government’s Gonski legislation. Mick Tsikas/AAP

‘Giving a Gonski’ will be torrid test for the Greens

Labor has formally decided to try to thwart the government’s Gonski schools legislation, while the Greens are looking over their shoulder at what their base would think if they opt to back it. Meanwhile…
Malcolm Turnbull has left the decision on Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s place on the council for Australian-Arab relations with Julie Bishop. AAP/Lukas Coch

Malcolm Turnbull leaves Julie Bishop in the hot seat in Abdel-Magied affair

Malcolm Turnbull engaged in an unedifying cop-out when questioned about the Yassmin Abdel-Magied affair on Friday. Quizzed by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, Turnbull described her Anzac Day Facebook post – “Lest…
It is important to remember Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s comment was not made when she was actually presenting on the ABC. http://www.yassminam.com/

Abdel-Magied Anzac row is a storm over not much

There are two issues in the latest episode of the culture wars, sparked by the Anzac Day Facebook comment by controversial young Muslim activist and part-time ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied. One is…
Peter Dutton is a former policeman, which is just one reason why he should be held to the highest standards of accuracy in making a claim. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How Dutton comes out of dispute about Manus claim goes to the question of character

Peter Dutton has put his credibility in the frame by sticking to his claim about the role of an incident involving a young boy in triggering the Manus Island disturbance that saw Papua New Guinea defence…