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‘Suck it up, comrades’: Whitlam would have been a Green today

Sorry Labor, the Greens are the modern-day heirs to Gough Whitlam’s legacy, writes NSW Greens convenor Hall Greenland.

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Pyne’s curriculum review should have learnt from history

Christopher Pyne’s education review was rushed, partisan and now seemingly doomed. Adjunct professor Tony Taylor at the University of Technology Sydney says it didn’t have to be this way.

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Victorian fringe candidates fight for their right to micro-paaaaaaarty

The 2013 federal election had some very strange results, with micro-parties benefiting from byzantine preference deals. Crikey’s Victorian election reporter Dan Moss asks: is Victoria in for motoring enthusiasts and smart meter haters?

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Is Crikey pushing a right-wing News Corp agenda?

Crikey readers love their ABC — and they do not like Crikey asking questions about its funding.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: the ABC the only hope for thoughtful programming

A win for Seven in the metros and regions in Total People and 25 to 54s. Nine won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s thanks to Big Brother. Despite that win Big Brother had another weak night. Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus again stood out, making Big Brother look […]

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Media briefs: Graham goes solo … Disney at Press Club … Shep Smith rants …

New Matilda’s editor Chris Graham takes on Barry Spurr. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Kaspar Wowser

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Tips and rumours

The revolving door between politics and journalism … conservative and liberal names … the wrong Freya Newman .,.

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Crikey says: we stand with Freya

Keane: Bishop bows to Ebola pressure. Suck it up Labor, today’s Gough would be Green. New Matilda in landmark privacy case. More ads for SBS. Rundle in America: curtains for the Dems’ Senate majority. Gillard’s goldfish (sort of) explained. The preference whisperer heads to Spring St. Pyne’s curriculum review shambolic compared to Howard’s. Mayne: name and shame secretive councils. Whitlam’s mining legacy. And Razer reckons baby, you weren’t born this way.

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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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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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Why we need the ABC

The ABC pokes the powerful and holds them to account. It annoys the media and flusters politicians. And that is why we need it.

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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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Tips and rumours

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

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Crikey says: why we must learn the truth about the Balibo Five

Wondered what you’ve been missing out on at Crikey? Here’s a taste of today’s newsletter, including Bernard Keane’s investigation into the data retention powers ASIO already has, and the strange things we did in Gough’s honour. Want to find out more about the mining companies dodging tax or Guy Rundle’s adventures among zombies? Click here to subscribe.

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Abbott gets an audience with Indonesia’s shrubbery-defacing President

Just 12 hours into his presidency, Joko Widodo has shown himself to be a new kind of leader, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Tinkler’s studs go to auction, with creditors — and the ATO — lining up

Former billionaire Nathan Tinkler will try to unload four horse properties — but with numerous outstanding debts, it’s unlikely Tinkler will get to keep much of the cash. Property Observer’s Jonathan Chancellor and Crikey’s Paddy Manning report.

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John Menadue: farewell to Gough Whitlam

John Menadue, private secretary to Gough Whitlam 1960-67, remembers the achievements of one of the brightest lights in Australian public life.

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Why George Brandis wants to throw me in jail

I travelled to Iraq to see the effects of the war being waged in my name. But under the Foreign Fighters Bill, I could be prosecuted and jailed — and I would have no defence, writes freelance journalist Dan Moss.

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No need to bully the ABC from the sidelines

Crikey readers talk funding cuts and Barry O’Farrell.

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Media briefs: $50K to buy the paper … BBC in Oz … Spectator takes on ABC …

Competitions sure help those circulations figures. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Vale Gough Whitlam … Green paper with no climate change … Senate estimates goings on …

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Crikey says: vale Gough Whitlam

Rundle: how Gough changed Australia. Keane: Whitlam, where modern politics started. Gina Rinehart’s sackable offence. Tinkler’s stud goes to auction. Faulkner’s false humility. Potty-mouthed mandarins. Dan Moss: why Brandis wants to send me to jail. Airstrike! The musical. Voters back Abbott’s Ebola apathy. The Beeb heads Down Under. And a response to Eric Beecher: why Crikey fears the ABC.

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Cutting staff at regional newspapers hurts the bush

Crikey readers share their views on MH17 and Fairfax’s new plans for its regional newspapers.

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Media briefs: Greste on war and journalism … craggy-faced women … SMH questions Baird …

Could Australia tolerate a crabby-faced woman on its TV screens, asks Virginia Trioli. And other media tidbits of the day.

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