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Articles by Amber Jamieson

A tale of two Bills: sipping cider with New York’s new mayor

New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio was sworn in last week by Bill Clinton in a ceremony that covered issues of race and poverty, backed by an excellent soundtrack. Amber Jamieson reports from Manhattan.

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Don’t look now, but here’s some good news for journalism

You’ve heard the doom and gloom about the future of journalism. Well here’s some good news — venture capitalists are investing in quality content, due to a ‘perfect storm’ of favourable conditions. And they’re not planning to lose money.

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Anti-Bloomberg de Blasio to become NYC’s new Bloomberg

New York City Democrats will rally around Bill de Blasio to tip Michael Bloomberg out of the mayor’s job, a candidate who has successfully adopted the Bloomberg swagger.

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Stop the planes? The frustrations of educated, working migrants

The government’s hard-line anti-immigration rhetoric focuses on asylum seekers, particularly those arriving by boat, but what about the hundreds of thousands of migrants who come to Australia to work?

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How the media covered the PNG asylum seeker plan

Kevin Rudd broke the news of the new PNG asylum seeker solution in classic media style — late on a Friday. How did the media react?

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Forced sterilisation of people with disabilities: submissions that led to change

A Senate committee examining sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia recommended in a report yesterday a tightening of regulations and the prosecution of parents who take their children overseas to be sterilised.

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Ask the economists: the impact of a floating emissions trading scheme

What impact will shifting the fixed carbon price to a floating price have on the Australian economy? Not a whole lot, economists tell Crikey.

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Get Fact: how many asylum seekers turn up without ID?

Opposition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison has been claiming that over 90% of asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australia turn up without ID. Does that allegation hold up? Not quite …

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Want funding for your arts project? Better live in Sydney or Melbourne

The new Australia Council board is dominated by members from Melbourne and Sydney, giving power to the complaint regional organisations get ignored when it comes to funding. Crikey examines the data.

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Bowling over publishers, Waugh’s words on independent wicket

Former cricketer Steve Waugh is self-publishing his latest memoir and selling it exclusively through Big W. What does this mean for traditional biography publishers?

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Murray-Darling Basin plan flows on — despite recalcitrant states

Remember the push to save the Murray-Darling Basin? We check in and find the plan is broadly on-track, although two states have just missed a crucial deadline — a challenge for new federal minister Mark Butler.

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Asylum seeker policy under Rudd: what should he do?

One of Kevin Rudd’s greatest policy challenges is the treatment of asylum seekers. We ask immigration experts what the new PM should do on this vexed issue.

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Labor leadership: how Kevin Rudd came back

Kevin Rudd has won the ALP leadership ballot and is expected to be sworn in today. Check Crikey’s live blog for a summary of yesterday’s tumultuous events.

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Day one of Rudd reboot: how it happened

Kevin Rudd has been sworn in as Australia’s prime minister. But he has a ministry to fill, independents to appease and a Parliament majority to wrangle. Crikey covers the latest …

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Fake or remake: National Gallery in contemporary art tiff

A contemporary Australian artist is accusing the National Gallery of Australia of purchasing a “fake” painting of his, a claim the gallery vehemently challenges. You spot the fraud.

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What happens when an asylum seeker dies?

Fifty-five people are assumed drowned after an asylum seeker boat sunk near Christmas Island last week. How do Australian authorities deal with deceased asylum seekers?

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Research Council bows out of anti-wind-farm ethics complaint

The national peak body for medical research will not continue to examine the research ethics of well-known anti-wind farm activist Sarah Laurie, as the activist (and the group she is associated with) receives no Commonwealth funding.

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Cheat sheet for Michael Kirby on abuses in North Korea

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby will lead a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea. He says he has no preconceptions, but the evidence is already damning.

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What life is like on Newstart: ‘every day is a worry’

What’s life like living on Newstart unemployment benefits? Crikey talks to a jobseeker, a single mum and a graduate about how they live on just $497 a fortnight.

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From sausage fest to ladies’ choice: Miles Franklin returns to her roots

Female writers have stormed back into contention for the Miles Franklin — this year it’s the men left off the shortlist. So is it reactionism or simply a stellar year for women authors?

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How much does an Aussie teacher earn?

We hear much debate over the battle with the Australian Education Union and the state governments about teacher pay. But how much do teachers across Oz actually earn?

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Authorities examine complaint against anti-wind farm activist

Prominent anti-wind farm activist Sarah Laurie is being examined by the National Health and Medical Research Council’s ethics committee regarding claims she has breached ethical research codes.

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How Stella got her groove: the story behind our newest lit prize

Last night the first winner of the Stella Prize, a new award for Australian women writers, was announced. How did the founders create a $50,000 award in just two years?

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Church abuse whistleblower Peter Fox denied police protection

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox may have given a whistleblowing interview to Lateline last November that sparked the royal commission into institutionalised child sex abuse, but he’s been refused official whistleblower status.

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Win for farmers as $1 milk headed down the drain

It’s been more than two years since the $1 milk price war began. But are Coles and Woolworths indicating that the end of the war is in sight?

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