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Articles by Crikey

In Tasmania, even crooks like Gay can run a business

Tasmania’s judges just don’t have a bad word to say about John Gay. How is it the former Gunns boss can run a company again, asks business director and commentator John Addis.

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Barry O’Farrell’s grapes of wrath

Crikey readers talk coal and that bottle of wine.

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Media briefs: O’Farrell wash-up … news dump … ABC to China …

Barry O’Farrell’s resignation pushes the royals to a close second while the ABC becomes the first Australian broadcaster viewed China-wide… and other media tidbits of the day

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The Sandpit: Chris Kelly

*Chris Kelly is a cartoonist/graphic designer. He once turned a political cartoon idea into a political party, brought down a government and made an Australian state government take a 10% paycut. Seriously (google it).

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Tips and rumours

Greens showdown over party reform … Transfield v Serco for immigration centres? … Barry’s new career …

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Crikey says: Liberals can’t sweep this under the carpet

Barry O’Farrell: trapped in his own net. Bernard Keane and Paddy Manning contextualise, plus Myriam Robin on the media circus. Why can John Gay run a business again? The funniest election ads from India and Indonesia. Margot Saville’s day with the royals, and Helen Razer snipes from afar. Plus Guy Rundle on the ultimate design revolution. Merry Easter.

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The Packers, a lost heir and the end of the media dynasties

Did Sir Frank Packer have another son? Bridget Griffen-Foley updates the family story — and documents the downfall of media dynasties — in a new foreword to her Packer biography.

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Climate foes and friends

Crikey readers talk climate deniers, vote counting systems and who is piloting the move to Badgerys Creek.

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The Sandpit: Wes Mountain

*Wes Mountain is a freelance cartoonist and writer. He blogs and sketches at This is Australia. Today.

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Tips and rumours

O’Farrell’s departure creates a royal problem … Margie Abbott missing from tour? … Mike Smith squared …

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Media briefs: Pulitzer response … Fox shake-up … Boston remembers …

Paging Ten: top executive David Lyle is available … A Pulitzer win, and a dodgy response … Front page of the day …

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Crikey says: ICAC’s extraordinary, inadvertent scalp

A bottle of wine, a thank you note, a premier gone. Did Barry O’Farrell have to walk? Bernard Keane, and the words that trapped the premier. Fact-checking the latest coal spruik, plus Clive Hamilton’s fresh Dirty Dozen. The real Badgerys Creek dilemma — fuel. At the launch of ANZ’s new “newsroom”. And the Packer dynasty (and long-lost son).

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The declining power of the ethnic lobby — with one big exception

In the storm around proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, it’s clear ethnic lobby groups are not as powerful as they once were. Except one, writes Crikey intern Ania Dutka.

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Don’t touch that dial

Crikey readers talk AM radio and how Abbott’s climate change policy has made him a worldwide laughingstock.

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Media briefs: Q&A balance … ACMA keen on High Court … RIP Harradine …

The 10 ways BuzzFeed is infiltrating other media. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Hitchcock the musical in the wings … dispute over digital real estate signs … budget trouble brews in Qld …

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The Sandpit: Department of Australia (Game of Thrones spoiler alert!)

*Department of Australia is an online satire project created by Leslie Nassar. Leslie was Fake Stephen Conroy and Fake Today Tonight; he created TweeVee TV, the Twitter moderation platform that powers the on-air Tweets for ABC’s Q&A; he was a digital media officer for Victoria Police, an “emerging technology” nerd in Telstra’s chief technology office and most recently […]

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Crikey says: delicate surgery needed on Aunty

The Dirty Dozen: who’s standing in the way of climate action? The Badgerys Creek airport decision: a long time coming. Why did the ABC finally apologise to Chris Kenny? And why now? ASIC’s failure to launch. The declining power of ethnic lobby groups. How trade agreements could feed the wolves of Wall Street. (And Game Of Thrones spoiler alert on The Sandpit.)

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Will the TPP feed consumers to the wolves of Wall Street?

Two new trade deals threaten financial protections for consumers, writes ANU College of Law associate professor Dr Matthew Rimmer. The wolves are still at the door of Wall Street.

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Pensions, superannuation and the Education of Joe

A debate on changes to the retirement age is welcome, but it’s more complicated than it appears, according to Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer. And watch out for vested interests …

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Running from war to create a new Palestinian narrative

Palestinians ran for peace in only the second Palestine Marathon on Friday. Kim Wilkinson, a Middle East academic, reports from Bethlehem on an event that makes a peaceful protest.

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Chop negative gearing and there’s savings for buyers and the budget

Negative gearing is costing the government billions but is doing absolutely nothing to boost supply. Let’s get rid of it, writes economist and MacroBusiness commentator Leith van Onselen.

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Radio nowhere: ABC launches Double J, but is anyone listening?

The ABC has launched digital-only station Double J, but if you’re outside a capital city (or in your car), you can only listen online. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte looks at the (incremental) rise of digital radio.

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Counting votes, the Wright way: what the AEC should be looking at

There’s been plenty of talk on the system of preferential voting in the wake of the Western Australian election rerun. But mathematics masters student Casey Briggs says we should focus on the method of counting itself.

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More science, less PR in climate change message

Crikey readers talk unemployment and why PR flacks should not be the ones selling climate change.

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