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Articles by Crikey Intern

Crikey Clarifier: can a teacher smack your kid?

The man at the centre of Christopher Pyne’s national curriculum review, Kevin Donnelly, thinks teachers are within their rights to dole out a little physical discipline now and then. Crikey intern Paul Millar asks: is that even legal?

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From Diaz’s stop-the-boats plan to ‘shit happens’, pollies’ on-air gaffes

Following Clive Palmer’s dramatic 7.30 walk-out, Crikey intern Paul Millar finds eight recent moments in political on-air infamy.

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Crikey Clarifier: what authority does Australia have over the Sri Lankan boat?

More than 150 people remain on an Australian Customs boat after a last-minute injunction stopped them from being returned to Sri Lanka. Crikey intern Paul Millar explains where Australia’s sovereignty begins and ends.

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Murder, human rights abuse and kidnapping: WikiLeaks cables reveal Prabowo’s brutal past

Prabowo Subianto could end up as Indonesia’s president by the end of the week. Crikey intern Paul Millar trawls through diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and finds distressing allegations.

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As Iraq collapses, where will Syrian refugees go?

Iraq is home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. But with ISIS destabilising Iraq, where will they go? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton reports.

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Crikey’s Senate balance of power game

Cut out the independent senators at the bottom and mix and match them to see if the Coalition can pass legislation. If the PUP-aligned senators demur, can Tony Abbott pass his legislative agenda with just Bob Day, John Madigan and Nick Xenophon? Crikey intern Jake Stevens has it covered.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s all the fuss about rare earths?

A New Zealand-born Australian resident has been arrested and released in Malaysia for protesting against a rare earths processing plant. What are rare earths? Why are they dangerous? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton has the answers.

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From murder to match-fixing: top controversies in World Cup history

Think Luis Suarez flashing his pearly whites is bad? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks back at some of the mayhem on and off the pitch at previous World Cups.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s so dangerous about Uthman Badar?

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas has scrapped a lecture on “honour killings” — murder of women said to have brought shame on their families. The talk’s author now says the cancellation was due to racism, and he would never defend honour killings. Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks at the facts.

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Country for old men? A parliamentary snapshot

Which political party is full of spring chickens, and which is moving gracefully into later years? Are our senators older or younger than our lower house MPs? Crikey intern Jake Stevens takes a look at the demographics of our august chambers.

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Australia’s ‘overly generous’ welfare in context

The government and its News Corp cheerleaders have called Australia’s welfare system “unsustainable”, “overly generous” and “sending Australia broke”. Crikey intern Jake Stevens asks: do the numbers stack up?

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Nicht nachmachen! Lessons in Germany’s failed GP co-pay

Germany recently scrapped a GP co-pay similar to the one being brought in by the Australian government. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson asks: will Australia’s work out any better?

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What the Melbourne student protest was really like

News Corp reported violent clashes between students and police at yesterday’s Melbourne protest. But Crikey intern Danielle Thompson, who was there, says it was much less dramatic …

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s the mechanism for hiking the GST?

Tony Abbott has goaded state governments into lobbying for hiking the GST. Crikey intern Danielle Thompson looks at the mechanisms for change.

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The pundits: compromises, proud character and free money

News Corp papers were generally supportive of Joe Hockey’s first budget, with even Andrew Bolt saying the cuts and taxes were necessary. The Fairfax papers were less generous …

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Racism, homophobia, drink-driving: end of the road for Jeremy Clarkson?

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson is in hot water again, this time for reportedly using racist language. Crikey intern Clovelle Car takes a look back at Clarkson’s past controversies

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We found the missing plane! Oh wait, no, hang on …

The search for missing flight MH370 continues, with yet another party coming forward to claim to be on the verge of finding it. Crikey intern Clovelle Car looks at those who might have cried wolf …

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How the pretty royals are turning young people into monarchists

Support for the monarchy has almost doubled among Australians under the age of 30. Monarchists and republicans agree Wills and Kate are partly responsible. Crikey intern Luke Cooper talks to both sides.

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Indian, Indonesian wannabe pollies get their star turns on TV

Western countries aren’t the only ones spending big on electioneering. Crikey intern Luke Cooper takes a look at some of the campaign ads in Indonesia and India.

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How bitcoin is transitioning from nerdy quirk to big business

When businesspeople start taking the cryptocurrency seriously, it’s time to pay attention. Crikey intern Ania Dutka meets the people who are staking their future on a shadowy digital currency.

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Plane crazy: the wackiest theories on flight MH370

Was MH370 hijacked by terrorists? Taken to China? Found in the ocean? Covered up by the US government? All of the above? Crikey intern Ania Dutka takes a look at what we didn’t know and when we didn’t know it …

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Crikey Clarifier: will we ban animal testing for cosmetics?

Parliament will consider a bill that would ban animal testing for Australian cosmetics. Crikey intern Ania Dutka finds out what the current situation is — and whether things are likely to change.

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Playtime in parliament: meet the world’s youngest leaders

At 39, Italy’s new prime minister is the youngest in Europe. But as Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro discovers, the baby-faced PM is not even in the top five youngest leaders in the world.

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Crikey Clarifier: how soon can you send your kids to work?

Child labour laws in Australia are far from uniform, with some states sending kids as young as 11 to work. After McDonald’s was busted for underage employment, Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro examines the legalities.

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On the ‘front lines’: what is Indonesia doing to fight climate change?

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an extraordinary speech calling for Indonesia to address climate change or risk losing everything. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro looks into what the archipelago is doing to protect itself from catastrophe.

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