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Five years on from Black Saturday, Victoria drags its feet on bushfire protection

Although the state government has implemented most of the recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission, there is still important work to do, writes Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian.

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Miranda Devine’s bizarre war on cyclists

Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine has written a spray against bike lanes in this morning’s paper. Just where does her hatred of bikes come from? Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian has one suggestion…

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The report cards are in — how our PM stacks up one year on

Media commentators have all filed their report cards for the Abbott government’s first year in office. The different reports share some striking similarities, writes Crikey’s intern Andrei Ghoukassian.

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Crikey Clarifier: just what is the peshmerga, anyway?

There are a lot of distinct groups fighting off Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Kurdistan. But what is the YPG? The PKK? And PJAK? Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian explains.

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Hawks turn dovish on upcoming Iraq invasion

Plenty of usually right-wing commentators seem to have taken a jump to the Left on the issue of whether Australia should commit troops to Iraq this time around. Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian gets the lay of the land.

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Is Dick Warburton already scaring off renewable energy investors?

A Californian algae producer has mysteriously abandoned its $300 million Pilbara project, writes freelance journalist Kerry Faulkner.

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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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