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Articles by Margot Saville

They did but see them pass them by, but not much love before they die

Wills and Kate (and baby Prince George) are in Sydney to meet their loyal subjects. But our enterprising royal correspondent found loyal subjects were rather thin on the ground.

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Saville’s Shout: Carr’s quest … trashing email … table for one …

Bob Carr’s diary has been rightly ridiculed, but it’s actually a cracking read. Plus how to make your office ever so much more efficient, and sad meals in sadder kitchens.

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Saville’s Shout: money and politics … ‘be interesting’ … Coalition squabbles …

Arthur Sinodinos left the confines of public life for a well-paying job at NAB, but Australian Water Holdings beckoned …

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Saville’s Shout: Tony’s surprise … a trip to KL? …

After promising to be the “no-surprises” government, boy, did Tony Abbott get us good. Plus what the search for MH370 has done to Malaysia’s economy (nothing good) and an excellent street art exhibition.

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Pell brushes up on humility but points fingers elsewhere at royal commission

George Pell started his day with contrition at the royal commission into child sexual abuse. But he’s not taking responsibility for the Church’s failure to help victims.

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Saville’s Shout: politics’ revolving door … antisocial app …

With Australia allowing — even encouraging — politicians to profit from holding ministerial portfolios once they retire from politics, is it any wonder Arthur Sinodinos is in hot water?

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Saville’s Shout: rational refugee policy … food for thought …

Labor MP Andrew Leigh has some sensible things to say about the immigration debate. Plus why the Western diet is killing the world.

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What Pell must explain: inquiry hears victim’s long fight for justice

John Ellis fought for 12 years to win compensation for horrific sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The man who took his brave fight to the High Court framed the issue at the royal commission this morning.

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Saville’s Shout: Balmain preselection … Biennale boycott stupidity …

Things are hotting up for preselection for the NSW state seat of Balmain — just a year before the election.

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Saville’s Shout: bottoms up … listen to Buffett …

Do we really need our wine to be heavy and dominated by alcohol? A New York sommelier says no and is investing in lighter wines. Plus words of wisdom from the Oracle of Omaha, and a new Sydney exhibition.

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Saville’s Shout: school’s out at Google … financial advice: don’t bother …

Do you really need a university education? And should you pay for secondary school? Plus why a blind monkey could invest better than your broker.

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Saville’s shout: few law jobs … work from home … setting a scene …

There are far more law graduates than jobs in the legal profession at the moment, with law school grads being encouraged to choose another profession. Plus other bits and pieces.

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Saville’s shout: colonial cricket … earning a beer … tasting notes …

England, Australia and England seem to be picking on other cricket-playing companies. Plus how long does it take to earn a beer?

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Saville’s Shout: BuzzFeed in Oz … liminal art … Fairfax innovates …

Everyone’s favourite purveyor of listicles, BuzzFeed, has launched an Australian site. But with competitors nipping at its heels, can BuzzFeed’s model survive? Plus other tidbits.

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Saville’s Shout: China seeing red … art on the hoof … comma down …

China is understandably angry about Australia’s siding with Japan over a territorial dispute, so Abbott will have his work cut out for him in his first official visit as PM. Plus Chinese New Year art and the best of punctuation.

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Saville’s Shout: a tour of Sydney’s art and music gigs

Sydney is chockers with music, art and dance this January. Crikey hits up some of the shows — but finds we just can’t learn to love jazz.

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Saville’s shout: Syd Festival picks … the open-plan office … futility of resolutions …

Unless your New Year’s resolution is to move from an open-plan office to a closed one, they’re probably as useless as they are harmless. And the best of the Sydney Festival.

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Saville’s Shout: library goes open-access … wise words from GFC …

The British Library is releasing more than a million images from its works — and anyone can use or repurpose them. But how do you know what the images show? That’s the next step …

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Saville’s Shout: cheers to smarts … Korean education … foreign affairs …

Do smarter people drink more? … The cost of an over-educated nation … Qantas and its foreign affair … A toast to culture and diversity …

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Saville’s Shout: Nine’s lives … charitable film … Dinnigan’s advice …

How much would you pay for Channel Nine? You get more than a choctop at the movies with Peter Hall. And Collette Dinnigan says for god’s sake, brighten up.

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Aung San Suu Kyi on the past, the future, and the need for mercy

The Burmese democracy fighter spoke in Sydney last night on sacrifice, the 2015 elections in her country, and the need to temper justice by mercy. She visits Melbourne and Canberra next.

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An outsider writes: what federal Parliament is really like (weird)

Crikey reporter Margot Saville was sent to Canberra to cover Parliament. She found Parliament House baffling and weird, and was suspected of being a security threat. This is what it’s really like, by an outsider.

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Tidbits: from Deng ‘encounters’ to surfing in Bondi

Our Sydney reporter brings you a round-up of tidbits from around the world — ranging from that story about Wendi Deng to some cultural treats from the streets of Sydney.

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Week in review: Coalition gets a taste of its own medicine

A “kinder, gentler polity” was nowhere in sight during the first week of Parliament under the Abbott government.

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Farewell Kevin Rudd: a sensitive enigma touched by revenge

Kevin Rudd dropped his bombshell in Parliament at 8.30pm last night. Our reporter was in a bar nearby when the text messages landed — signalling the end for one of our more enigmatic and controversial pollies. This is how the day unfolded.

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