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Meet the micro-parties and oddballs campaigning for your vote

From parking meters to mosques, Crikey canvasses some of the pet hates of candidates running for office in tomorrow’s NSW poll.

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The 10-day election: what if everyone voted below the line?

There are an extraordinary 394 candidates for 21 seats in NSW’s Legislative Council this year. What if every voter carefully considered and ranked them all in order of preference? Brihony Tulloch investigates.

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Is the West’s love affair with Israel over?

Israel has always had a special relationship with the West, particularly the United States. But recently the bloom seems to be off the rose, writes Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch.

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Take my data — please! How we trade away our liberty for free wi-fi

Australians are beginning to become alarmed by the prospect of the government accessing their data, but how much data do we give away for free every day? Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch reports.

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Baby come back: can Palmer lay claim to the brick with eyes’ Senate seat?

Does Glenn Lazarus’ seat belong to the Palmer United Party? Constitution says no, writes Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch.

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Hillary’s in the hot seat, but Malcolm’s sitting pretty

The American media and public are outraged by Hillary Clinton’s decision to use her personal email while she was secretary of state. But when it was revealed our pollies use encrypted messaging, all we got was a collective shrug, writes Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch.

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Business bites: iron ore slough … Apple joins the Dow … corporate tax vow …

The latest figures from the trade crunch. And other business tidbits of the day.

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What happens to your Facebook account when you die?

Facebook and other social media sites have introduced the concept of a “digital heir”, who will be able to access your photos, statuses and friends after you have died. Crikey intern Abbey Casey reports.

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Crikey Clarifier: has greyhound racing gone to the dogs?

After Monday night’s explosive Four Corners investigation into the use of live bait during greyhound races, the industry is scrambling to right itself. Crikey intern Abbey Casey reports.

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Crikey clarifier: why is a royal commission investigating nuclear power?

Royal commissions usually investigate events after they’ve happened, so why is the case for nuclear power being put to a royal commission in South Australia? Crikey intern Rowan Forster reports.

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Crikey clarifier: is it time for term limits?

Clive Palmer thinks Australia’s “shallow political gene pool” would be better diversified through the introduction of term limits. Is he onto something? Crikey intern Rowan Forster weighs the pros and cons.

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If history is any guide, Bishop’s promise not to challenge not worth a jot

Julie Bishop has said she’s not going to challenge Tony Abbott for the leadership. But that’s what Paul Keating said, and what Julia Gillard said, and what Kevin Rudd said … and said … and said … Crikey intern Rowan Forster looks at a history of spills.

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How did we get here? A Manus Island timeline

From Howard government brainwave to violence, self-harm and hunger strikes, Crikey intern Rochelle Brown reviews the troubled history of Manus Island.

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Big Day Off: who killed Australia’s most famous music festival?

Why are young Australians shunning events like Big Day Out and instead flocking to multi-day music festivals out of the city? Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson explains.

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Crikey Clarifier: why does the govt spend big on media monitoring?

The media plays a big role in shaping political discourse, and politicians want to know who is on their side, writes Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson.

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Crikey‘s Christmas catchup — what you’ve missed

Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson breaks down the big stories of the Christmas break.

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Small bumps on the road to 100% renewable energy

Two small Australian towns want to become 100% powered by renewable energy. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts looks at some overseas examples and finds 100% renewable is nice, but not always 100% reliable.

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What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014

This year has been the most brutal on record for asylum seekers looking for protection in Australia. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts finds a grim litany of human rights abuses, with more to come.

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Crikey Clarifier: how can the government ‘close down’ WA communities?

The WA government has announced it will close down some remote indigenous communities. Is that legal? And what will happen to the people living there? Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts reports.

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Clive’s burn book

After Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie cut ties with the Palmer United Party, Clive had a few choice words about her. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts compiles Clive’s sickest burns.

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Guess who’s back? Top 10 moments of Pauline Hanson

Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov compiles Hanson’s 10 most outrageous moments.

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Crikey Clarifier: why did Scott Morrison cancel asylum seeker applications from Indonesia?

In an effort by the Abbott government to stop people “jumping the queue”, it has made the queue intolerable. Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov reports.

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Putin on the koalas: how the world’s media reported the G20

From India to Canada, China to Russia, Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov scour’s the world’s media for their take on Brisbane’s G20.

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Crikey Clarifier: is Peter Greste coming home?

Foreign nationals could be deported instead of held in Egyptian prison under a new law passed in Egypt last week. Does that mean Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste will be sent home? Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov investigates.

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Russian media shrugs at Australian hunt for Red November

The Australian media has whipped itself into a frenzy over Russian warships off the Queensland coast, but as Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov explains, the Russian media sees it as business as usual.

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