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Peter Hartcher: ‘He has given himself a fighting chance’


Sydney, 17 May : The federal budget has put Tony Abbott back in the game. The Steve Jobs of the political world, he was responsible for his fall and has now engineered his comeback.The Abbott government is now back at parity with the opposition for the first time since last year’s budget. On the election-deciding measure, the two-party share of ...

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Smoking taxes make cigarette smuggling an increasingly attractive option


Sydney, 17 May : When a government treats citizens like criminals they tend to respond like criminals. The federal government, as large and intrusive as it has ever been, has helped create an underworld trade that is costing multi-billions of dollars.Every week, the equivalent of one full container of illicit cigarettes is smuggled into Australia. There are only guesstimates about ...

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Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Tony Abbott’s remarkable budget bounce


Perth : Tony Abbott’s battle-scared government has stormed back into contention on the back of a softer and “fairer” federal budget which has dissolved voter anger, papered over last year’s broken promises, and increased the prospects of an early election in 2015.In a stunning reversal of fortunes, the government and the opposition are now dead-even at 50/50 after preferences and ...

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Spotted! Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma enjoy a light moment during IPL 2015 match


Mumbai, 17 May : Lovebirds Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma seem to be inseparable. After all, this is what it is to be like in love! The two individuals who are busy with their hectic schedule ensure to spend quality time with each other whenever possible. Virat, who is leading Royal Challengers Bangalore had his lady love cheering for the ...

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Louis van Gaal insists Arsenal are a better side than EPL Champions Chelsea


Manchester : Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that in spite of not winning the title, Arsenal are a better team than Premier League champions Chelsea. He said that Arsenal had a better team than Chelsea but could not finish like the 2015 Premier League champions, which has the talent and experience of players like John Terry and Gary ...

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