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Articles by Cassidy Knowlton

Why cheater details ‘leaked’, but terrorists are ‘hackers’

About half the stories mentioning the Ashley Madison data dump used the term “leak”, bringing to mind whistleblowers revealing information in the public interest. So why was an Islamic State data dump called a “hack”?

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Why is Abbott pushing for a referendum or plebiscite? And what’s the difference?

Why have a referendum or plebiscite on same-sex marriage?

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Which Labor MPs have changed their minds on same-sex marriage?

The last time the Australian House of Representatives voted on gay marriage, just 42 MPs voted for it. Which Labor MPs have switched sides?

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How to get your name in the paper if you’re a lowly backbencher

Why do loudmouths like Cory Bernardi get to front the National Press Club while many backbenchers languish in the pages of their local rags? Crikey investigates what it takes to get your name up in lights if you don’t have a ministerial portfolio.

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How (not) to write a same-sex marriage headline

There are a lot of good ways to write a headline for a story about same-sex marriage — none of these are among them.

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If judges wrote headlines

Justice Richard White’s ruling in Joe Hockey’s defamation suit against Fairfax is a landmark moment for media law, and fundamentally rewrites the rules around news headlines.

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De Brito comes good (no, not like that)

Sam de Brito talks sense on the Q&A debacle.

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Tips and rumours

Rounding up the virgins … Paul Barry and Sharri in agreement … George Brandis v the arts …

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A softer, gentler budget ahead

It’s budget day! Humiliated Hockey delivers Rupert’s agenda. Journos to keep schtum in lockup. Crikey fantasy budget: scrap Centrelink; hand out cash. Bob Day’s big idea: abolish the ABC. Adam Bandt a no-show at Di Natale’s drinks. Fairfax journos sprint for the exits. And do the Greens have the stomach to go mainstream?

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Pop quiz, hot shot: what you need to know to become an Aussie

What’s Donald Bradman’s batting average? What was the most successful horse ever to run the Melbourne Cup? Howard’s “culture” questions have gone from the citizenship test, but there a few curveballs left.

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What is driving Tony Abbott?

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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Crikey says: money can’t buy love for Abbott

All eyes on Tony: Keane on the PM’s make-or-break Press Club address. Political donations dump: Libs attract the big bucks, plus the firms that helped Abbott to power. What Greste’s release means for journalism in Egypt. Poll Bludger: the surprising voters who elected Labor in Queensland. Ten’s reality TV win. Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary. Sally Neighbour to Four Corners. And Bernard Keane’s nudie run … yes, you read that right.

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Crikey says: poor people drive second-hand cars

Keating conjures a nude Hawke at Evans book launch. The Kim Williams interview that was never released. Leaked documents reveal Tinkler’s last-ditch effort to get back into coal. Why Macquarie Uni is taking its own students to court. Keane on how to halt the remorseless march of security powers. Lord mayor Robert Doyle goes rogue. The pollies who double as property moguls. And ABCNewsIntern uncovered?

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Get Fact: do men make much more than women for the same job?

Australian men are said to earn 17.1% more than Australian women, and even those in the same jobs are paid 10% more just for being men. Right? Well, not exactly …

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Media briefs: Guardian to Melb … ABC cuts… Tele ads …

The Guardian is opening a Melbourne office, making editors around the Victorian capital nervous. Plus Crikey’s White Night coverage and other media tidbits of the day.

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‘No one wants to know you’: unemployment catch-22 for older Aussies

The Productivity Commission has recommended increasing the pension age to 70 to keep Australians working longer. But with employers loath to hire anyone over 50, is this any kind of solution?

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Crikey says: a historic day indeed

Bye bye Kevin Rudd: how the day unfolded in Canberra, his successes and failures, and who will win Griffith? Plus we crunch some numbers on Direct Action and take a look at James Packer’s sudden interest in the arts. We bring you Campbell Newman: bikie’s pal. And finally, should restaurants be allowed to seat ugly people at the back?

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Bolt: the Left is rude and crude (just like his commenters)

Andrew Bolt has decided those on the Left need to mind their manners. We had a look at some of his commenters, and think perhaps they could use an etiquette lesson or two themselves …

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‘Victory Ride Down Under’: how the world’s media covered the election

Tony Abbott’s victory has been widely reported from London to Beijing, with each country’s national media taking a slightly different tack. And then there are those cycling photos …

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An alternate election night Crikey drinking game

Guy Rundle has a pretty epic drinking game, or if you like your games slightly simpler (or don’t have parfait d’amour to hand), try this one …

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London polling: how will Aussie expats vote?

Australians around the world have started voting by post and in person. But with hundreds of thousands disenfranchised due to strict AEC rules, will their votes make a difference?

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Losing the faith? Irish lessons for Catholics under pressure

With Australia’s royal commission into child sex abuse dominating national headlines — and senior Catholic George Pell facing a similar state enquiry today — will the faithful stop going to church? Ireland offers some clues.

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Want to save the planet? Don’t have any children

Having child increases your carbon emissions by a factor of about six throughout your lifetime, and no amount of cycling, turning off lights or veganism will offset it. Can having children be environmentally sustainable?

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Job-seeking Alaskan or 15-year-old Maldives rape victim?

Mamamia’s reports of a 15-year-old rape victim in the Maldives has an image of a scowling teenage girl. But Crikey discovers she’s not all she seems …

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Crikey playlist: don’t stop thinking about your campaign song

We take a look at the good, the bad and the (litigiously) ugly of political campaign songs. While Aussie pollies have been reluctant to use pop singers, the playlist for UK and US campaigns rocks.

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