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ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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Murky accounts and obfuscation keep Glencore’s tax bill well hidden

Murky accounts and obfuscation keep Glencore’s tax bill well hidden

Fairfax has reported that mining giant Glencore Coal paid just $15 million to the Tax Office over the last three years. Glencore says it has paid $400 million — but details are thin on the ground.

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Rundle: zombies run (well, shuffle) amok on the streets of Denver

Rundle: zombies run (well, shuffle) amok on the streets of Denver

Crikey’s writer-at-large finds himself surrounded by fat men with guns and the slavering undead.

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Poll Bludger: would a modern-day Gough solve voters’ malaise?

Poll Bludger: would a modern-day Gough solve voters’ malaise?

Australia needs a practically minded leader with a sensitivity to bread-and-butter issues — if only our parties had the ingenuity to produce them.

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The ABC debate: game shows and drama not part of the ABC Act

Any debate about the future of the ABC has to take into account its charter — and nowhere does it say the national broadcaster must air drama, comedy, sport and game shows, writes Geoff Heriot, former chief of corporate planning and governance at the ABC.

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Iron ore miners, beware: China is not going to keep buying our resources

China’s economy is slowing, and its housing market is in the toilet. While Treasury forecasts suggest everything is fine, underneath the surface the cracks are beginning to show.

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Mayne: why the Senate should not abolish the 100-signature rule for EGMs

Big businesses do not need to be protected from shareholder activists hijacking EGMs, no matter what The Australian says.

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Movin’ to the country: Napthine’s rural strategy

Most pundits and pollies discount rural seats, but country Victoria could be the crucial difference Denis Napthine’s Coalition government needs to retain power.

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Media briefs: Gough’s day … defamation watch … Barbara Walters resurrected …

The AFP has dropped its war crimes investigation into the Balibo Five. And other media tidbits of the day.

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CPI result shows soft wages offsetting the dollar

Australia’s already low inflation rate has fallen further, while wages are likely to remain subdued — meaning lower demand in the economy, something business isn’t very happy about, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Tips and rumours

Memories of Gough Whitlam … staffers have to stand at the back … it’s the other Imbruglia sister …

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Ferguson on narrow odds as Business Walkley shortlist announced

Fairfax’s award-winning business scribe proved the common ingredient in two of the three short-listed nominations yesterday.

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DECODER

WHAT WAS SAID:

"Do you have any information to suggest that Australia’s enemies could attack our country or military using [Ebola]?"

"I'm just keeping all the bases covered. We should keep an eye out for sharks with laser beams too. "

Jacqui Lambie
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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