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Joke political donation laws hide half the story from voters

Joke political donation laws hide half the story from voters

Commonwealth political donation laws mean we don’t find out until 18 months after an election who gave money to political parties - and even then we only get half the story.

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Crikey list: politicians who have sued media outlets for defamation
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Crikey list: politicians who have sued media outlets for defamation

For all our politicians profess a love of free speech, here are some of our elected representatives who decided to cash in on a media that might have been a little too free …

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Buck up, Campbell — when it comes to defamation, Australia is a litigious pollie’s dream

Buck up, Campbell — when it comes to defamation, Australia is a litigious pollie’s dream

Politicians find it much easier to sue in Australia than in countries like the United States, United Kingdom or Canada.

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Is <em>American Sniper</em> right-wing propaganda?

Is American Sniper right-wing propaganda?

American Sniper won’t turn you into a gun-toting Republican. But it will provoke some interesting discussion.

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Reds under the bed: where are our socialist MPs?

New NSW Labor boss Luke Foley is emphatically not a socialist. So where are the socialists in government?

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Rundle: the notorious Allen Jones, who shocked the unshockable

Allen Jones has gone from enfant terrible of the avant-garde to a bit of a historical footnote.

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Tips and rumours

Video games get you far … taxpayers are learning … and the red wine is sold!

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Why Melbourne Bike Share riders shouldn’t have to wear helmets

The new Victorian government has to decide what to do about the lacklustre performance of Melbourne Bicycle Share. One possible action could be to exempt it from the mandatory helmet law.

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Poll Bludger: parties play the odds with Qld how-to-vote cards

Both major parties, and some of the minor parties too, are manipulating the optional preferential voting system to secure seats.

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CPI falls, but don’t expect a rate cut

Inflation in the December quarter showed a marked slowing, but it’s unlikely to lead to an interest rate cut, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Even My Kitchen Rules can’t save flagging TV ad revenues

On the face of it, things look peachy for some players in the free-to-air TV advertising market. There’s just one problem: there’s no growth. And even blockbuster reality TV might not be able to salvage this dead-end business.

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iSentia Index: Knighthood for Queen’s Consort drowns out everything else

It’s been a busy week for Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman, with both leaders forced to defend their decisions.

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DECODER

WHAT WAS SAID:

"If [Abbott] won't replace top aide Peta Credlin, she must do her patriotic duty and resign."

"Of course Tony wouldn't make a mistake like this. It must be that woman's fault. "

Rupert Murdoch
Election Deciders
The Power Index profiles the influential insiders, flacks and tabloid hacks.
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The campaign directors
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The strategists
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The spinners
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The unionists
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The lobbyists
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The ad creatives
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The money bags
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The TV directors
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The tabloid editors
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Womens Agenda

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Smart Company

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Property Observer

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