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Articles by Margot Saville

‘Clever, diligent, effective’: Bishop every bit the better PM

Why hasn’t Julie Bishop joined Malcolm Turnbull and mounted a leadership challenge against Tony Abbott? She would nail it.

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A day in Joe Hockey’s little bubble of privilege

Cashmere, “sous-vide” beef and sea views — Joe Hockey lives in a fantasy land for the cloistered elite. No wonder he doesn’t understand economic hardship.

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‘The Nats are a waste of space’: Windsor opens up about life in politics

Tony Windsor told a rapt audience at Gleebooks about the problem with the current government, what he thinks of The Australian and who Tony Abbott’s parents might be.

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It’s back to the future with the jubilant Greens

Travelling from the Libs’ election party to the Greens’ shindig took only 10 minutes, but they were worlds apart.

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Lycra brigade muscles in on Labor-Greens death match in Balmain

The Australian Cyclists Party are trying to pedal their message in inner Sydney.

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Hockey in the ‘dock’: Treasurer can’t recall much

Joe Hockey has taken the stand in his defamation proceedings against Fairfax.

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Packed house to hear Hockey tear strips off Fairfax

What good will suing Fairfax do for Hockey? The public already mistrust politicians, writes Margot Saville from the court room.

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AFP chief’s long-winded speech asks more questions than it answers

Yesterday, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin delivered a speech in Sydney that was heavy on corporate jargon, and light on answers for the Bali Nine duo.

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Uber channels Obamania for some hope and change of its own

The ride-sharing app has hired Obama strategist David Plouffe to convince people worldwide that sometimes it is OK to get in a car with strangers.

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Alan Rusbridger on journalism in the ‘Golden Age of Surveillance’

It’s hard to be at the forefront of the encryption arms race when you’re still carrying a tracking signal in your pocket, writes Margot Saville.

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Sisters doin’ it for themselves: a poorly catered debate

When it comes to ruling the world, women have every right to be just as bad as men.

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Annabel Crabb needs a wife — and you do, too

The veteran ABC writer and broadcaster was in fine form at the launch of her new book. If only she had a wife to corral her three children, it might have gone off without a hitch.

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Gillard’s back in the limelight, with Kevin nowhere to be seen

Julia Gillard was warm, funny and engaging at a discussion of her memoir in Sydney last night.

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Pyne and vile Kyle most outstanding sexists

The Ernie awards for Sexist Remarks are great fun — but wouldn’t it be great if there weren’t enough nominees?

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Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

This morning Kim Williams launched his new book, Rules of Engagement, which focuses more on family, wine, sport and good living, rather than his tumble from the News Corp roost.

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Crikey’s intrepid reporter meets the News Corp CEO

Julian Clarke had “a very interesting day” yesterday — and today was gracious enough to speak to a Crikey reporter without throwing anything.

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The ghost of Kevin lingers, but Swan regrets nothing

Freed from the confines of being in the government frontbench, Wayne Swan is ready to let loose on Kevin Rudd and what’s wrong with the economy.

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Stand by for fireworks as gold-class A-listers front ICAC

ICAC’s focus turns to Newcastle, with disgraced former billionaire Nathan Tinkler rating more than a mere mention.

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‘Nothing to hide, nothing to fear’: whistleblowers warn of threats to privacy

As cabinet debates data retention laws for Australia, US whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack remind us that “the people are supposed the govern the government, not the other way around”.

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Schadenfreude and champers at Obeid book launch

There were drinks all round and plenty of “toldjasos” at the launch of He Who Must Be Obeid.

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‘Stand up and fight!’ Combet gets feisty at book launch

The former climate change and energy minister launched his book to a packed house — but will it resonate outside the ALP bubble?

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No, chef! Rise up against restaurant tyranny

When did the tables turn in fine dining? And how can you get a decent meal at a decent time with a decent number of courses without ingesting “fish milk”?

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Mal Turnbull so camera-shy at Rupert’s party

The Australian celebrated its 50th birthday with a gala dinner in Sydney — but why was Turnbull so shy, and where was Ken Cowley? Crikey stood outside to get the goss.

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Climate sceptic HQ: undercover at Ian Plimer’s book launch

Ian Plimer’s latest book argues manmade climate change is not real and environmentalists are damaging the planet. Crikey infiltrated the book launch to see Plimer’s fans in action.

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A class act: how Cate Blanchett saved STC

Cate Blanchett charmed a packed house in Sydney last night, as part of her interview with Anne Summers.

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