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Articles by Richard Farmer

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Prime Minister’s great diplomatic escape from Jakarta is a long way from being the political triumph some are portraying it as.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Presumably federal cabinet has changed its mind about imposing a ban on officeholders in the Coalition parties acting as lobbyists. Either that or Alexander Downer is about to step down …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

In the ever-so-polite contest for the leadership of the Labor Party it gets difficult for the two combatants to say anything in public that differentiates them from the opponent.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Here are some of the findings of academics who analysed 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances collected from the Facebook messages of 75,000 volunteers, who also took standard personality tests.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

There’s some piggy drama in Denmark, with daycare centres banning porcine products out of sensitivity to the religious beliefs of their charges. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What in the world is going on in Germany? The Left parties could form a coalition government without Angela Merkel, but they won’t. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The secret may be out of the bottle when it comes to winemaking — no one seems to be buying heritage brands anymore. Plus other political snippets of the day.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Proof that the press release now dominates modern journalism — the complaints about no more daily updates on boat arrivals.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Your politics can influence your decision-making, and even your ability to do maths. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The ACT’s gay marriage push may come to nothing. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Anthony Albanese is the frontrunner to lead the Labor Party, McDonald’s is boasting about how McFattening it is, plus other snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Public servants (particularly those in the Department of Health and Ageing) will be particularly nervous now that their expected restructure has not been announced. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Public servants are sleeping with one eye open as they wait for the axe to fall on their jobs. Plus other political snippets of the day.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer looks back on Shakespeare’s heyday.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Labor to provide new parliament’s first broken election promise … The rise and rise of Angela Merkel and more facts and tidbits from around the net

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Bill Shorten getting the backing of Labor Right faction demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the Labor Party. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What’s really behind those micro-parties getting up in the Senate, plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Coalition has won government in the lower house, but controlling a Senate of micro-parties will be like herding cats.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Most media outlets have called the election for the Liberals — despite Joe Hockey’s sweaty performance and Malcolm Turnbull’s internet filter blunder.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Why can’t politicians be more like honeybees?

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Moving briskly on from the current election, which is all-but-decided anyway, the media are wondering what will happen when an Abbott government tries to repeal the carbon tax.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

The media has given up on pretending this election campaign is actually a contest and is now focusing on what Tony Abbott will do when he is prime minister.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Most media outlets are sounding the death knell for Kevin Rudd’s Labor campaign.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

Kevin Rudd seems to be displaying a weird death rattle obsession with undeliverable promises. Plus other bites from the campaign.

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Richard Farmer’s campaign bites

The public and the media are suffering from election fatigue, and it seems the pollies are too.

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