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Articles by Amber Jamieson

Hawke’s spider poem and scary Keating: novel reveals life as an ’80s MP

A former Labor MP from Adelaide has penned a novel about life in Parliament House in the 1980s. Keep an eye out for appearances by Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard …

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Royal commission: victims to speak, for as long as it takes

Some 5000 victims of child sexual abuse will speak to the royal commission, which is overdue before it even begins. But they tell Crikey they must be heard for as long as it takes.

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Battle Scars: a Crikey investigation

Battle Scars: a Crikey investigative series examining post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues among Australian veterans. Personal stories and the Defence Force response.

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Battle Scars: veterans and their families respond

To end the Battle Scars series on Crikey — examining the prevalence of PTSD in younger veterans — ex-military personnel and family of veterans weigh in.

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Battle Scars: how angry young veterans rewrote PTSD treatment

Younger veterans battling PTSD have different issues than from the Vietnam days — new treatment programs were needed. Psychologists tell Crikey how they treat those struggling with combat stress.

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Langton’s ‘racist accusation’ expunged from history

The transcript and audio of academic Marcia Langton’s recent Boyer Lectures has been altered to remove her querying whether environmentalist Tim Flannery is “provocative and racist”.

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Battle Scars: breaking PTSD stereotypes

As a young female navy veteran in her 30s, Hannah Parker doesn’t fit the mould of a post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer. But her story illustrates how the navy treats those who seek mental health support.

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Battle Scars: how the govt treats broken soldiers

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is in charge of helping veterans struggling with mental health issues. Its deputy director speaks to Crikey about what the department is doing — and its future challenges.

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‘Take your best shot’: Gillard’s political timeline

From her 2007 election as deputy prime minister to the challenges from Kevin Rudd, Crikey maps Julia Gillard’s political timeline …

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Battle Scars: fighting on ‘until you’re about to put a rope around your neck’

Steve Ager couldn’t admit his psychological suffering to himself, and was then warned off admitting it to his military superiors. The trauma of witnessing horrific scenes at home and abroad still haunts.

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Battle Scars: fighting the ADF’s warrior culture on mental health

Soldiers are told to be tough, but mental scars go undiagnosed. A new Crikey investigation Battle Scars examines post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues in younger veterans.

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BBC’s loss may be Lonely Planet’s biggest adventure

Lonely Planet continues its global nomadism, with BBC selling up the travel giant to a reclusive US billionaire’s company. What next for the traveller’s bible?

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Crikey Clarifier: is an appeal a free ride for asylum seekers?

Just why is it that so many of the protection visa applications that get rejected by the department of immigration get overturned on appeal? Crikey asked the experts.

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How do you beat Kevin Rudd? LNP farms out campaign to kids

Kevin Rudd’s opponent for the seat of Griffith at the next election has roped in outside help for his campaign. He’s asking students from QUT’s Business School to help him attract more younger voters.

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Life as a graduate teacher: does uni prepare you for a classroom?

Wannabe teachers must have literacy and numeracy skills in the top 30% of the nation and prove their interest in teaching through interviews and aptitude tests. Crikey interviews graduate teachers for their take on the proposed changes.

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The downfall of Baillieu: how a Premier lost a state

Why did Ted Baillieu resign as Victorian premier? Crikey outlines the ups and downs of the Baillieu government, from TAFE cuts to nurse protests and teacher disputes.

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Cost of life in Afghanistan: a few hundred dollars the norm

The family of two Afghan boys killed in a mission involving Australian troops is likely to receive less than $2000 — appropriate compensation for the country.

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Essential: Labor vote collapses, Greens deemed ‘too extreme’

Labor’s primary vote has dropped to just 32%, according to the latest Essential Research poll. Plus, Greens leader Christine Milne has only 20% of voters approval.

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Military mental health plan revealed — but problem underestimated

A new Defence Force report outlines how the military plans to deal with mental health issues like alcoholism and post traumatic stress disorder among troops. The problem is being underestimated.

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New chapter for publishers and the online quest for readers

The relationship between publishers and readers has changed dramatically — and it’s all thanks to digital marketing technologies. Social media and video trailers are flogging more books.

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‘No aliens living inside us’: Scientology educates the media

A media guide released by the Church of Scientology is aimed at dispelling myths around the religion — turns out they’re not descended from aliens, but they do teach English to African migrants.

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Credlin a ‘reluctant’ but savvy star in Abbott’s female strategy

Were Peta Credlin’s media interviews about her IVF issues really part of a deliberate strategy by the Tony Abbott camp to woo female voters? Yes and no, Crikey can reveal.

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2012 Crikeys: the good, the arsehat and the sexy

The results for our annual Crikey Readers Choice Awards are in for the Person of the Year, the Arsehat of the Year and our country’s sexiest politicians.

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No photos, please: Nauru ‘unlike anything ever seen in Australia’

Amnesty International inspectors became the first independent assessors to visit the Nauru immigration camp this week, describing the conditions in vivid details for Crikey.

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Rinehart’s get-rich-quick book for the nation shrouded in secrecy

Gina Rinehart will spend the next 36 hours zipping between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to launch her top-secret book of political essays. A presentation reveals personal photos of the billionaire.

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