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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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Vladimir v Vladimir: meet the Italian transgender ex-MP who took on Putin

An Italian gay rights activist went to Sochi — and got thrown in jail. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro profiles the former MP, who has had a colourful life — and more than one brush with Russian homophobes.

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Arriba! Why are we a trendy destination for Latin American students?

Think you’re hearing more Spanish on George Street? You’re not imagining things — the number of Latin American students studying in Australia is soaring. Crikey intern Isabel Filgueiras looks at why.

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Report card: is Australia doing enough to fight cancer?

In 2008 Australia committed to a five-year plan to fight cancer, including tackling physical inactivity, diet, smoking and alcohol use. Crikey intern Isabel Filgueiras hands down a report card on how we did.

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Hang Ten: will anyone watch the Winter Olympics?

Viewership numbers for the Winter Olympics have fallen down a ski slope in recent years, so Crikey intern David Ross asks: will Ten make its money back? Maybe not — but that’s not the point.

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Get Fact: is marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol?

US President Barack Obama has said marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Crikey intern David Ross takes a look at the figures in Australia to see if that’s true.

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When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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Open for debate? Taxpayers’ big investment in a fortnight of tennis

The Australian Open costs taxpayers millions to keep in Melbourne, but is it money well spent? Crikey intern Broede Carmody reports.

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The year that is: 2014 about kale, beards and ‘crystallography’

Did you know it’s the International Year of Family Farming and Crystallography? And that’s not all you’ve got to look forward to in 2014, reports Crikey intern Broede Carmody.

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Young people stuck in nursing homes need more than the NDIS

Suitable accommodation for younger people with disabilities is hard to come by, writes Crikey intern Broede Carmody, and the NDIS won’t provide an answer.

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King hit or coward’s punch: the language of violence and why it matters

Assault victim Daniel Christie’s family has argued the term “king hit” should be changed to “coward’s punch”. Crikey intern Broede Carmody looks at the arguments for and against the change.

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Return of the chair sniffer? How Barnett screwed it up so badly

Colin Barnett rose from the political ashes to win the WA state election by a landslide, but now he’s facing a leadership spill against him. Perth journalist Tim Oliver asks: how did it all go wrong?

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Holden boss keeps them guessing, defends productivity

Holden boss Mike Devereaux mounted a defence of government assistance but kept workers guessing on their futures. Crikey’s Tim Oliver reports from the Productivity Commission hearing.

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Strict defence: is DHA allowed to lease property to the public?

Defence Housing Australia, whose mandate is to provide housing for Defence personnel, has rented out several Townsville properties to the general public. Crikey intern Tim Oliver reports.

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Clive, Cathy and the newbies: maiden speeches from our new MPs

Clive Palmer, Cathy McGowan and four other MPs stood in federal Parliament yesterday to give their maiden speeches. Crikey intern Tim Oliver captures the best of the rhetoric …

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ABC on a sticky wicket with online broadcasting rights

Cricket Australia’s decision to host audio streams of match commentary in a paid app left many cricket fans and loyal ABC listeners furious. But as Crikey Intern Virginia Millen writes, it comes down to money, not history.

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Crikey clarifier: are there ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka?

Some say there are ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, but the government denies it. With the recent CHOGM meeting shining a light on the issue, Crikey intern Virginia Millen explains the situation and looks at both sides.

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High Court harpoons Sea Shepherd’s tax hopes

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has been unable to secure tax-deductible status. What criteria are used to determine what charities are tax deductible and which are not? Crikey intern Virginia Millen investigates.

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The good, the bad and the ugly: what MPs said about Kevin

Kevin Rudd: parliamentary hero, Labor victim, an inconvenience to the voters of Griffith? This is how MPs reacted to news of Rudd’s resignation last night. Perhaps it is indeed “all about Kevin”, as one Senator said.

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