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Ask the economists: should we be sweating the debt?

The Abbott government wants to hike up the debt ceiling to $500 billion, while Labor and the Greens say that’s too high. Crikey intern Virginia Millen asks the economists what should be done.

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A day to recognise cats, the net … and psoriasis (Crikey‘s is coming)

How does World Psoriasis Day come about? How about the year of quinoa? Crikey intern Natalie Tencic takes a look at how these days are created. It’s mostly the UN’s fault.

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'Complete hogwash'? When Bolt grilled Abbott, it sure was

Three months ago, Andrew Bolt interviewed then-PM Kevin Rudd. Today Bolt has interviewed Tony Abbott. Crikey intern Natalie Tencic compares the two interviews.

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How to beat George Brandis and marry your same-sex partner

Gay couples are racing to wed in the ACT before a mooted High Court challenge. If they get in under the wire, though, it is by no means certain that their marriages will remain valid, writes Natalie Tencic.

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What Bill said: a rhetorical history of the new Labor leader

What can we learn about new Labor leader Bill Shorten from the record? Crikey intern Rose Iser trawls the records to piece together the political narrative.

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The cost of housing the homeless: will Abbott foot the bill?

The federal government acknowledges a “social crisis” but has rejected the need to increase funding for housing development. Crikey intern Rose Iser talks to advocates about what’s needed.

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Crikey Clarifier: the cost of entitlement for roaming MPs

Parliamentary expenses are in the news. So what exactly are pollies allowed to claim? And how much is it costing us? asks Crikey intern Rose Iser.

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Strait talking: boats issue barely rates on Indonesian street

What has Indonesia made of Australia’s obsession over the asylum seeker issue? Opinions range from critical to ignorant, writes Crikey intern Soren Frederiksen.

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The dangers of psychic counsel: is regulation in the crystal ball?

Some psychics offer more than visions of the future. But are the “counselling” services putting people at risk? There’s a call for greater regulation, writes Crikey intern Soren Frederiksen.

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Abuse experts blast News Corp’s paedophile fear mongering

Can you spot a paedophile? News.com.au has assembled a checklist, but the experts tell Crikey intern Angelo Risso it’s rubbish.

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The landslide that wasn’t: how Labor kept its Sydney heartland

The polls pointed to a landslide to the Liberals in Sydney, but Labor managed to retain its base. How did they do it, and how did the polls get it so wrong? Crikey intern Angelo Risso reports.

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The extreme winners and losers — outliers from an election

We have a Coalition majority and a Senate that is shaping up to be pretty interesting, but what about the unsung place-getters? Crikey intern Angelo Risso crunches the numbers.

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Campaign scorecard: Abbott’s teenage dream with Katy Perry

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

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Campaign scorecard: great debate splits the voters

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

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Coke or Pepsi: election campaigns in the age of branding

Political parties spend vast amounts of money on branding, marketing and advertising. But it takes more than bright colours and three word slogans to win hearts and minds, writes Crikey intern Henry Belot.

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Campaign scorecard: company tax cut gives Libs a win

Crikey asks the sharpest political commentators which leader got the best of the campaigning day yesterday, plus we track where the leaders are and what cash promises they’ve made …

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Campaign scorecard: RBA gives a sweet election boost to Labor

The RBA’s decision to cut interest rates made Tuesday a winner for Labor. But Tony Abbott’s move to reduce the company tax rate is a major promise which may shift some votes.

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Campaign scorecard: Labor’s day of announceables and cash

In our daily election scorecard, we ask the experts who won the first day of campaigning, check in on the leaders’ activities, keep track of their spending (and saving) promises, and crown a tweet of the day.

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Tax hike: will smokers cough up or butt out?

Labor wants to jack up the tax on cigarettes. Crikey intern Henry Belot investigates whether that will really cut smoking rates, or if it’s a cash grab.

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Mid-term report card: Australia a US ‘puppet’ on the Security Council?

Australia has been on the UN Security Council for six months. Are we using the experience to make the world a better place — or just doing the US’ bidding? Crikey intern Fergus Hunter reports.

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Legally speaking, taxidermy roadkill artist could be stuffed

Gerard Geer makes sculptures and jewellery out of roadkill, contravening the Wildlife Act. He promises to burn his art, but not before one final exhibition. Crikey intern Bension Siebert reports.

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Let the chips fall where they may: mapping Packer’s empire

James Packer won big when Crown was granted a gaming licence for a facility at Barangaroo, but as Crikey’s map of the company’s international portfolio shows, there’s plenty more where that came from.

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Godless congregation coming to the city of churches

An atheist church is about to open its second Australian congregation. Crikey intern Bension Siebert got out his Sunday best and headed down to talk to Melbourne’s godless believers.

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Get Fact: did every kid get a Labor laptop?

Kevin Rudd promised to give every Australian student in years 9-12 a lap top. But did Labor follow through? Crikey intern Bension Siebert finds out.

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Fond farewells: more valedictory speeches from departing MPs

We say goodbye to many long-serving parliamentarians this week, including Rob Oakeshott and Stephen Smith, Crikey intern Bension Siebert collected the best thoughts from them.

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