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Evading the pink Slipper — or, how to get away with (political) murder

Crikey intern Sherryn Groch looks back on some of recent history’s most memorable controversies and the survival tactics of the MPs at their centre.

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Is curbing deforestation the best way for Australia to combat climate change?

Greg Hunt has a grand plan to help Australia reach its climate targets by winding back land-clearing. Will it work? Crikey intern Sherryn Groch investigates.

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What will George Christensen’s surrogacy inquiry find?

George Christensen has announced Australia will conduct an inquiry into its murky and sometimes restrictive surrogacy laws. What will it find? Crikey intern Jess Davis reports.

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The 357 times Andrew Bolt said ‘Abbott’: a November love story

Andrew Bolt accuses the media of being obsessed with Tony Abbott. But there’s one writer more obsessed than all the rest, writes Crikey intern Jess Davis.

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How would Lib backbencher Bob Baldwin go against Islamic State?

A Liberal backbencher says he would not try to seek asylum elsewhere if Islamic State were to try to take over. But what options do young Syrian men really have? Crikey intern Jess Davis reports.

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Does muzzling anti-abortion protesters infringe freedom of speech?

Victoria has passed legislation preventing the harassment of women outside abortion clinics. But does the new law restrict free speech? Crikey intern Jess Davis investigates.

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Why are female athletes paid so little?

Australia’s female cricket and soccer players make vastly less than their male counterparts, even after recent pay rises. Crikey intern Josh Ribarich investigates.

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When to hold ’em, when to fold ’em: did Nine fail to disclose a Packer-funded trip?

Channel Nine heaped praise on James Packer’s new Macau casino. But who paid for journalist Ross Greenwood’s trip?

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Should we lower the voting age to 16?

Bill Shorten has suggested lowering the voting age, but would it really help to engage the yoof? Crikey intern Joshua Ribarich reports.

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The Stoccos versus the Kelly gang, as told by the media

Are Gino and Mark Stocco the modern-day Ned and Dan Kelly? Crikey intern Mark Kearney reports.

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Kids quit Aussie politics, but get plenty of lessons in realpolitik

The soap opera of federal politics is more instructive than anything high school kids can learn in books, writes Crikey intern Mark Kearney.

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Merde! Govt cuts funding for language education

A month-long program providing teachers with intensive language classes, cultural lessons and the opportunity to network with other teachers has been abolished, writes Crikey intern Mark Kearney.

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Why are Indonesian police censoring a writers’ festival?

Organisers of a Balinese literary event had to cancel certain program items after a fortnight of pressure from local government and police.

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‘Good riddance, Abbott’: Indonesia welcomes Turnbull’s ascension

To repair our relationship with Indonesia, Turnbull must overcome the collective memory of past troubles. Crikey intern Mark Kearney reports.

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Will Turnbull’s new rules really ‘improve’ question time?

How does Malcolm plan to improve the sideshow that is question time? Crikey intern Mark Kearney reports.

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Even the losers: will Hockey go quietly, or will he pull a Rudd?

Joe Hockey is expected to leave politics tomorrow. But will he be sniping and undermining from afar? Crikey intern Mark Kearney looks at ex-pollies who wore defeat with grace — and those who didn’t.

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Why are Chinese buyers snapping up so much Australian property?

Chinese investment in Australian property is on the rise. But why? And is that even legal? Crikey intern Sunny Liu reports.

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Why are ex-employees filing a class action against 7-Eleven?

Serving mediocre, overpriced junk food might not be the worst offence committed by 7-Eleven. Former employees are claiming systemic underpayment. Crikey intern Marc Sudholz explains.

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Jacqui Lambie, going it alone

Political newcomer Jacqui Lambie has never been backwards in coming forwards, promoting the interests of the working class and veterans but ruffling multicultural feathers. But what makes her tick? Crikey intern Aron Lewin takes a close look.

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Is the Bilderberg Conference a conspiracy of Nazi lizards to take over the world?

The Bilderberg Conference is a big annual global policy talkfest. But some people think it might be something more sinister … Crikey intern Bransen Gibson explains.

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Business bites: feeding the greedy … trouble and bubbles … stacked against Maccas …

Data stuck in galah craws, Westpac’s Pollyanna chief in charge, and mayhem in Maccas’ world. Plus more business tidbits of the day.

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Business bites: data smacks of a public whack … high-tech wreck … muted cheers and rate fears …

A lashing for aggressive lending, tech high-fliers hit new lows, and reports of eurozone deflation. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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Poll Bludger: Britain a square peg in electoral system’s round hole

The UK election highlights the redundancy of a majoritarian voting system, but will Britain rise to the challenge of electoral reform?

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Business bites: M2 dash for cash … directors’ cash smashed … China means green business …

Contested iiNet bid unlikely to do anything, Adelaide company announces surprise fee cuts and China report explores carbon trading. Plus more business tidbits of the day.

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Will sitting down really kill you?

The working week may have turned into a walking week, but if sitting down is so bad for us why are people living longer than ever? Sophie Thomas investigates.

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