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Articles by Andrew Crook

Greens and Labor move to end microparty double dipping

A loophole that allows the same person to serve as the registered officer for more than one political party is likely to be closed.

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The LA nun who’s teaching Australians to rise up in anger

A 63-year-old Catholic nun is proving an unlikely fillip for Sydney activists. A social progressive for 35 years, Sister Maribeth Larkin is teaching Australians how it’s done.

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Catalano appointed CEO of Fairfax’s Domain

Antony Catalano has been appointed CEO of Fairfax’s real estate classifieds business, Domain.

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Exit interview: Trish Crossin on Julia, Nova and Labor’s strategy

Trish Crossin was dumped from Labor’s Senate ticket in the Northern Territory and she’s got plenty to say in hindsight. Crikey gave the veteran Senator her parliamentary exit interview.

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Master Shang’s bogus student group blackballed after Crikey probe

A two-part Crikey investigation into an illegitimate overseas student group accused of scams and rorts has led to an unprecedented government crackdown.

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Ladies’ choice: secret Labor doc shows affirmative action gains

The Victorian branch of the ALP is still falling behind the national target when it comes to female representation, but with fewer men being elected this time around, gains are being made.

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‘Demonisation’ in The Oz: the damage from a Springtime dance

A troubling series of events involving The Australian newspaper and coverage of a supposedly “anti-Semitic attack” have left University of NSW political rivals sickened.

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Master Shang’s business links revealed: students hang up

Mysterious international student agitator Jan “Master” Shang’s web stretches far and wide. Crikey investigates his business dealings and offerings to students.

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Parliamentary poet Judi Moylan on being a political terrorist

Retired Liberal backbencher Judi Moylan talks to Crikey about why she crossed the floor on single parent payments, the asylum seeker debate and how an “accidental MP” like her can make a difference.

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Which $800k Aunty staffer got paid more than Mark Scott?

One lucky ABC staffer walked away with over $800k last financial year. Wonder who it was …

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Cops crack down on Master Shang’s group after OS student queries

Police and universities are distancing themselves from a private international students’ group and its chief, the mysterious Chinese venture capitalist Master Shang.

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Totting up Gillard’s income — author, speaker, ex-PM

Julia Gillard should make a pretty good income next year as she writes her memoirs, gives speeches and earns the standard ex-PMs salary. Crikey tots up the total.

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‘The new normal’: Rhiannon forces triumph in NSW Greens

Lee Rhiannon supporters inside the NSW Greens are dancing in the aisles after a smackdown of party rivals at the weekend’s State Delegates Council on the weekend. So what will this mean for the national Greens?

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Labor leadership showdown: Albo needs 58% member support to win

Labor Party leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese will need to snare at least 57% of the Labor rank-and-file ballot to triumph over Bill Shorten, an exclusive analysis of this afternoon’s likely caucus ballot result reveals.

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Labor leadership vote: MPs, their faction and who they’re backing

Who Labor MPs are backing in today’s leadership vote in caucus …

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Fairfax business merger: staff told about cuts

Journalists across Fairfax’s newspaper titles are learning the details of the merger of business reporting desks — and the job losses that will result.

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Steve Gibbons on ‘filthy’ Rudd, the gallery and vintage cars

In the first of Crikey’s exit interviews of departing MPs, former Labor member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons lets fly with a frank assessment of his 13 years in office — and the people he worked with.

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Victorian bureaucrat facing questions over child protection scandal

A high-ranking secretary at Victoria’s Department of Education has been mentioned in a local government scandal involving the mismanagement of child sexual assault allegations.

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WA Senate drama: ballot-box anomalies boost Ludlam’s fight

Independent analysis of the WA Senate count shows irregularities that, if fully investigated, could return the Greens’ Scott Ludlam. As it stands, he will lose his seat on the red leather.

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Packer biopic Power Games zapped public funds for dwindling viewers

Channel Nine’s prime-time tributes to the Packers and its television legacy were put to air with $2 million in taxpayer funds, a Crikey analysis has revealed.

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It’s Family First’s Day thanks to Greens preferences in Senate race

A Greens preference deal has snared votes for Sarah Hanson-Young while funneling preferences to conservative former HR Nicholls Society board member Bob Day, who has the effective balance of power.

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At the Opera House, a Gillard curtain call to a cacophony of love

She hit out at the haters and a sell-out crowd went wild. Julia Gillard emerged from exile to talk to Anne Summers in front of a packed Sydney Opera House audience. Crikey was there.

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Fact check: the ongoing viability of Fray’s PolitiFact team

Australian fact checking outlet PolitiFact is struggling for cash but is hopeful a white knight will emerge to keep it afloat. Some staff have already left the organisation.

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Greens staffer exodus? Supporters round behind Milne

Senior Greens staffers have slammed reportage of an internal crack-up in Christine Milne’s office as a media beat-up.

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Pyne’s crusade: campus fight looming over uni services fees

Campus Liberals are celebrating after Christopher Pyne moved to act on voluntary student unionism. But Labor and the Greens are rallying to defeat any moves to abolish compulsory fees.

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