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The five data retention lies you were told yesterday

The five data retention lies you were told yesterday

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was unaccompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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Public interest in the eye of the beholder in Spurr/Peris email leaks

Public interest in the eye of the beholder in Spurr/Peris email leaks

New Matilda and the NT News have both published damaging stories based on personal emails in recent weeks. Views differ markedly on whether they were right to do so.

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‘Why sacrifice yourself?’ Whistleblowers consider Brandis’ new laws

‘Why sacrifice yourself?’ Whistleblowers consider Brandis’ new laws

The government has introduced harsh new penalties for people who reveal covert operations. Crikey intern Tom Heath asks some of Australia’s high-profile whistleblowers: would you do it all over again today?

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Victorian Liberals face identity crisis as the working class turns blue

Victorian Liberals face identity crisis as the working class turns blue

As ideology replaces class, the Liberal Party needs to figure out exactly just what it believes in.

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Rundle: Atlanta, a black city in a white state, is fired up and ready to go

Atlanta, Georgia — you could hear the rally before you could see it. Booming echo of shouts and sweet music beneath, in the Atlanta night. Dark highway down past a fast food strip, suddenly falling away at one side. Behind trees a vast car park, a huge hole in the land and the night, within which a […]

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Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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The ABC debate: the ABC must innovate

Without the freedom to innovate, the ABC will just become the commercial media’s shadow, writes Margaret Simons

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Mayne: sleeping chairman finally agrees to go … in 12 months

As aging Aurizon Holdings chairman John Prescott finally falls on his sword, Stephen Mayne looks around for more dead wood to cut.

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China takes baby steps towards reforming its legal system

China is not going to revolutionise its legal system and become a Western-style free democracy. But President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption program suggests some change is afoot.

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Tips and rumours

Abbott’s media standards revealed … Jedi mind tricks and money … heroin allowed in the House of Reps? …

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Media briefs: Seven slammed for identifying victim … Ferguson hosting Walkleys … Turia Pitt sells …

Almost one in 10 Australians read the July issue of the Women’s Weekly, according to Roy Morgan. And other media tidbits of the day.

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DECODER

WHAT WAS SAID:

"I just felt that there was perhaps more of the personal in that correspondence that was published than was needed ..."

"Leaking personal emails to newspapers is wrong, but putting all Australians under mass surveillance is fine. "

Malcolm Turnbull
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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