Politics in 2014: the Coalition dished out slogans, and its sentence is clear

This year Tony Abbott was punished for his reliance on mantras and oversimplifications instead of real policy solutions. The question for Australia in 2015 is who will grasp the nettle of a detailed debate

Fifteen months after his supremely confident election night pledge to give Australia a competent and trustworthy government, Tony Abbott did a long and purging media conference to try to “reboot” his relationship with an electorate that doesn’t think his administration is either of those things.

Backed by a merrily twinkling Christmas tree, a sombre prime minister insisted he was listening and conceded things had been a bit “ragged” of late. But he also said he was sticking to his existing policies, with a few minor tweaks. The tone was conciliatory and just a little bit humble, but the substance was, in essence, the same old slogans.

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Politics in 2014: the Coalition dished out slogans, and its sentence is clear

This year Tony Abbott was punished for his reliance on mantras and oversimplifications instead of real policy solutions. The question for Australia in 2015 is who will grasp the nettle of a detailed debate

Fifteen months after his supremely confident election night pledge to give Australia a competent and trustworthy government, Tony Abbott did a long and purging media conference to try to “reboot” his relationship with an electorate that doesn’t think his administration is either of those things.

Backed by a merrily twinkling Christmas tree, a sombre prime minister insisted he was listening and conceded things had been a bit “ragged” of late. But he also said he was sticking to his existing policies, with a few minor tweaks. The tone was conciliatory and just a little bit humble, but the substance was, in essence, the same old slogans.

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Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns

Victims aged from 18 months to 15 years were all from same family, with mother being treated in hospital for wounds to chest

Fatal stabbings in Cairns – rolling report as it happened
Detective speaks to media of distressing scene – audio

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Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns

Victims aged from 18 months to 15 years were all from same family, with mother being treated in hospital for wounds to chest

Fatal stabbings in Cairns – rolling report as it happened
Detective speaks to media of distressing scene – audio

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Australia vs. India 2014, 2nd Test, Day 3: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

An excellent partnership between Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson helped Australia take the lead on Day 3 of the second Test match against India.

Another century for Smith and a commendable 88 from Johnson led the hosts to 505 all out, meaning they boasted a 97-run advantage after both teams completed their first innings. The Baggy Greens then struck with the ball late on in the day, leaving India 71-1, and 26 runs behind going into the penultimate day of the Test.

Here’s a recap of how Day 3 played out and a look at how the match is shaping up:

Having gotten his eye in on Day 2—finishing on 65 not out—there was always a sense that stand-in skipper Smith would go on to continue his glittering form here in Brisbane. And while the 25-year-old is never the easiest on the eye, he produced the goods again here on Day 3.

Leading by example, he helped push Australia up to within touching distance of India’s first innings total and went on to notch his sixth Test century in the process. Here are some of the best moments from his outstanding knock, courtesy of the Cricket Australia Twitter account, and as we can see, it’s a score that clearly meant a lot to the man from Sydney:

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle praised the improvements in Smith’s game as of late:

Indeed, there’s a certain similarity between the New South Welshman and current captain Michael Clarke, flowing blonde locks—something Clarke was renowned for in his earlier years—aside. While Smith may not be quite as classy an operator, he digs in at vital moments for this team and there’s an unwavering focus to his play that makes him a tough man to dislodge.

Smith was assisted by a somewhat surprising companion during his surge, with fast bowler Mitchell Johnson tucking into some uninspired Indian bowling. His 88 from just 93 balls provided a great foil for the sturdy Smith’s metronomic scoring and Clarke paid tribute to what could be a hugely significant partnership between the pair:

The Aussie supporters will be hoping that this score from Johnson will help galvanise his bowling—which has been a little off colour in this series—in the second innings. And one man who certainly carried some momentum with the bat into his bowling display was Mitchell Starc.

Starc is a very underrated batsman and once again he proved his mettle by adding some crucial runs down the order for the Baggy Greens. His 52 from 59 balls represented a fourth half-century in Test cricket for Starc, and it helped Australia move into a comfortable lead against some tired Indian bowling.

He then went on to play a key role with the ball early in the second innings, something predicted by former India batsman Aakash Chopra:

After his glittering century in the first innings, Murali Vijay was the man the Aussies would have wanted to dislodge in their 23-over spell toward the end of the day. And Starc duly obliged, as he clean bowled the Indian opener for just 27.

Reeling from that dismissal, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara helped steady the ship and guided India to 71/1 at stumps, but it’ll be the hosts that take major impetus into Day 4.

Here’s how the Indian team finished up the day:

While the hosts are in the stronger position going into the penultimate day of this engrossing match, it’s imperative they find some cutting edge with the ball. Johnson, in particular, has struggled to capture his patented ferocity in this series and a return to his brutal best would stand Australia in great stead.

On the flip-side, if Dhawan and Pujara can set a positive precedent early in the day and stay together for the morning session, the hosts could easily be batted out of this game. In what’s a four-Test series it’s not imperative that MS Dhoni’s team win this match, but it’s vital they do not lose and hand Australia a sizeable lead.

With that in mind, caution could well be the order of the day for this Indian team on Day 4, as they look to establish a much-needed foothold in the series.

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Availability is being offered through Casio London for $3,462, as well as g-shock.co.uk.

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