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Articles by Margot Saville

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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‘A complete fucking shambles’: Bramston dishes dirt on Rudd’s campaign

Troy Bramston has written a book giving an inside look at the problem with Kevin Rudd, why the Labor Party hit the skids and Julia Gillard’s coup.

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Gillard’s ex calm under pressure at unions commission

Julia Gillard’s former boyfriend appeared in front of a packed house, giving evidence regarding his (and Gillard’s) possible involvement in a union slush fund.

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‘A fine human being’: Keneally celebrates 50 years in print

Australian author Thomas Keneally celebrated 50 years since the release of his first book at an exclusive event in Sydney last night.

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‘Colin Barnett hiding in the desert’: King Clive holds court

Say what you will about Clive Palmer; the man knows how to woo the public. Crikey headed along to see the Cult of Clive first-hand.

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Saville’s Shout: Australia’s soul … Tsiolkas uncut … literary siblings …

Authors at the Sydney Writers’ Festival make a compelling argument that Australia has lost its moral compass. Plus other fantastic events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Saville’s Shout: surveillance state … terror climate … PNG art …

Australia is spying on one in 67 of its citizens, often on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. But are we ignoring the real driver of terrorism in the coming decades — climate change?

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Saville’s Shout: cost of asylum seekers … eat fat … Angel eyes …

Listening to Scott Morrison talk up OSB is a great way to put yourself in a funereal mood. Plus, why carbs are more dangerous than fat.

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Saville’s Shout: women in politics … jailbird advice … turning Japanese …

Who says women in politics are any more pure and ethical than the men? Plus a famous jailbird offering financial advice, and the art of isolation.

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Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Historian Clare Wright has won the Stella prize for literature for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, and a literary who’s who were out in force at last night’s awards ceremony.

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Saville’s Shout: older workers … email remorse … punching in …

The more educated you are, the more likely you are to work past 65. Plus a new email service to handle sender’s remorse, and an artist’s year-long experiment.

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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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