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AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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Rundle: the Rodent’s back, and he’s still lying

Rundle: the Rodent’s back, and he’s still lying

John Howard’s spectacular (but not in a good way) interview with Janet Albrechtsen last night disinterred two great (again, not in a good way) Howard-government lies.

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How John Key could become New Zealand’s Richard Nixon

How John Key could become New Zealand’s Richard Nixon

John Key’s National Party has regained power in New Zealand, despite being plagued by accusations of misdeeds. But it might not be long before the scandals catch up with Key, writes NZ-based writer Giovanni Tiso.

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Children draw Paul Kelly’s Escalator of Decline

Children draw Paul Kelly’s Escalator of Decline

The Australian writer Paul Kelly has invoked the image of the “escalator of decline”. What is this escalator? Where is it going? Crikey’s junior readers give us their take.

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Brandis concedes some ground on terror laws

The government has given some ground on anti-terror laws, in a move designed to head off criticism of some of the most draconian aspects of its current package.

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The Liberal Alan Jones associate behind a ‘grassroots’ anti-bike lane campaign

A controversial plan to put bike lanes on Castlereagh St has found a reliable media opponent in the Save our Streets campaign, fronted by Jai Martinkovits. But is this really a grass-roots campaign?

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Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

Would lowering the voting age and installing indigenous-only Senate seats re-engage people disillusioned with Australia’s political process? Perhaps, but a conservative government would never allow it.

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Scots stay put, but there are others in the queue

Despite a resounding win for the unionists in Scotland, other regions around the world seeking independence, like Catalonia and Kurdistan, remain hopeful.

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Tips and rumours

Carbon tax money still in council coffers … Landcare Australia digging up problems … social media is difficult for MPs …

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Kate Durham: activist or artist?

Refugee activist Kate Durham talks to Ray Gill about jewellery as armour, her husband, Julian Burnside, and creation in a cave.

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Media briefs: Lateline to go? … Howard exclusive … tracking TV dialogue …

Lateline could be the first high-profile victim of Abbott’s ABC budget cuts. And other media tidbits of the day.

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DECODER

WHAT WAS SAID:

"Why on Earth is [Bernardi], this out-of-touch, out-of-line senator on a rampage with his ignorant and stupid comments?"

"Why does this Senator get more media attention than me, the leader of the Opposition?"

Bill Shorten
Election Deciders
Forget Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard, who rreally decided the federal election? The Power Index profiles the influential insiders, flacks and tabloid hacks.
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