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Crikey Clarifier: are the F-35s a bunch of white (flying) elephants?

Why are spending $12 billion on military planes with a history of faults? Andrew Davies, a senior defence analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, explains.

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The day I (might have) met Harvard and Bin John

A Crikey reader talks about his time in Yemen — and when he might have met Christopher Harvard and Muslim Bin John.

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Media briefs: Greens’ ad pulled … Sat Paper expands … Bard B-day …

The Greens say The Sydney Morning Herald pulled their ad because of bias. The paper’s editors say the ad muddled advertising and editorial. Plus other media tidbits …

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The Sandpit: Matt Bissett-Johnson

*Matt Bissett-Johnson is a freelance cartoonist and sci-fi artist based in Melbourne. He also animates and creates electronic music under the name Error Command.

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Tips and rumours

Jewish links to parliament … Will and Kate, is it OK to take pics of Uluru? … unique O’Farrell protest …

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Crikey says: will the unions get on board Labor reform?

What do you get for $12 billion? Almost 60 flying white elephants. Bernard Keane on the politics, Andrew Davies on the military strategy. In the currency war, we’re completely unarmed. Why our foreign affairs commentator can’t fly to Indonesia. Could newspapers outsource more subediting to Asia? Plus Jane Caro on mediaeval science.

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The case for Medicare Locals: treat patients at GPs, not hospitals

Without an effective approach to the prevention and management of chronic disease in the community we will continue to spend more on hospital care while achieving poorer health outcomes.

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The O’Farrell legacy: a new model of government in NSW

David Clune, NSW Parliament’s historian and an honorary associate in Sydney University’s Department of Government and International Relations, assesses a premiership cut short for Inside Story.

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Hockey sings the 94 US cent budget blues — and wants the RBA to join in

If Joe Hockey is unhappy enough about the strong dollar to compromise the independence of the Reserve Bank, he should try being Treasurer when it’s above parity, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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A fairer way to provide pensions (and save the government money)

Australia’s pension and superannuation tax concessions are costing the government billions, with costs continuing to rise. The Australia Institute researchers David Ingles and Richard Denniss argue there is another way to best serve the elderly.

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Media briefs: paywall hopes … Uluru where? …

Paywalls are not coming close to making up for lost revenue from display ads and print sales for US newspapers. Plus other media tidbits of the day …

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Tips and rumours

No love for Bob Carr from Lowy Institute … Qantas hosties on the clock … Frozen pensions fight to ease the budget burden … PUP man’s take on violence …

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The Sandpit: David Blumenstein

*David Blumenstein is a writer/cartoonist/animator. He’s making his own cop show, slowly. He helped found Melbourne’s Squishface Studio. His little brother Tristian’s school reports are feared by liars and mouthpieces great and powerful.

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The price of forgetfulness

Crikey readers talk Barry O’Farrell’s legacy and the truth about coal.

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Crikey says: Abbott policy needs a health check

An Aussie drone death in Yemen; a disinterested government. Memo to Tony Abbott: Medicare Locals really are working. A more radical approach to fund pensions. Joe Hockey keeps singing the budget blues (this time on the dollar). Barry O’Farrell’s legacy: for a while his government was stable. And no love for Bob Carr from the Lowy Institute.

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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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