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Crikey Clarifier: the knights (and dames) of the occasional table

Tony Abbott has revived knights and dames. We look at who will pick them and how, and examine who’s in line for the (new) top gong.

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Crikey Clarifier: how soon can you send your kids to work?

Child labour laws in Australia are far from uniform, with some states sending kids as young as 11 to work. After McDonald’s was busted for underage employment, Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro examines the legalities.

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Crikey Clarifier: what would happen if the US defaults?

US Republicans have edged a little closer to a deal with Barack Obama on the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. But what if that can’t meet the deadline? Crikey looks at the consequences.

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Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Tony Abbott is overhauling aid, cutting funding, merging AusAID with DFAT and reorienting spending. Aid expert Thulsi Narayanasamy looks into the changes and what they will mean.

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Crikey Clarifier: Australia’s counter-terrorism legal landscape

With the UK examining its counter-terrorism laws, freelance jouranlist Farz Edraki asks: are Australia’s counter-terrorism laws too restrictive and in need of reform?

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Crikey Clarifier: the election costings, and whether you can believe them

There’s an almighty row over what the election promises would cost. How do the parties come up with their cost estimates, and is there much truth in them? Governance expert Stephen Bartos looks under the bonnet.

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Crikey Clarifier: behind the James Price Point decision

Plans for a gas hub at James Price Point have hit another snag. What’s the big deal about James Price Point anyway? Former native title lawyer and Perth writer Sarah Burnside explains.

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Crikey Clarifier: how the FBI hacked users of Tor, the ‘secret internet’

If Tor keeps users of the “secret internet” hidden, how could the FBI have tracked them down? Yes, it is difficult, but anyone who is going up against world governments should be prepared to lose. Our resident techhead explains.

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Crikey Clarifier: busting the Australian export myths

When it comes to exports, the popular narrative hides plenty of subtleties about where our real economic prosperity lies. Crikey busts the myths on just how much we rely on trade …

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Crikey Clarifier: can we ever solve a problem like Gonski?

There’s been another turn in the Gonski saga — Kevin Rudd has extended the deadline for states to sign up. Is this major education reform still worth it, and what does it now mean?

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Crikey Clarifier: why you’ll see stars on food labels

The Health Minister has approved a new five-star rating system to delineate the nutritional value of food. Crikey intern Joanna Robin chews over the new scheme.

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Crikey Clarifier: Australia v Japan in a whale of a case

Hearings in Australia’s case against Japanese whaling at the International Court of Justice will begin next week. ANU law professor Donald R. Rothwell looks at our case and at what happens next.

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Crikey Clarifier: why is the EU carbon scheme hitting our budget?

Europe’s low carbon price hit Australia’s budget last week in a big way. Erwin Jackson from the Climate Institute explains why, and looks at what might happen next.

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Crikey Clarifier: why is the Great Barrier Reef in danger?

UNESCO has held off putting the Great Barrier Reef on its endangered list — for now. Crikey intern Sasha Petrova finds out why the reef’s in trouble and what the next steps are.

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Crikey Clarifier: the process of appointing a new GG

Australia’s next governor-general could be Peter Cosgrove or Angus Houston … but it’s not likely to be a radical or stirrer. With debate beginning in earnest, governance expert Stephen Bartos explains the process.

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Crikey Clarifier: we explain the baffling world of super

There’s an almighty row brewing over how superannuation is taxed. What on earth are they talking about? Crikey intern Ben Westcott walks us through how super taxes work and what could change.

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Crikey Clarifier: local government recognition in the constitution

Would recognising local government in the constitution protect essential services or undermine states’ rights? Public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos answers Crikey’s questions.

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Crikey Clarifier: how should the Native Title Act be changed?

The government is proposing changes to the Native Title Act — but some say it has missed an opportunity to make the Act much fairer. Former native title lawyer Sarah Burnside explains.

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Crikey Clarifier: how you can patent (isolated) DNA

A Federal Court decision on DNA patents threw up some interesting questions on what is and isn’t intellectual property. Patent and trademark attorney Glen Gordon explains the implications.

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Crikey Clarifier: who are the Obeids and what did they do?

Who is Eddie Obeid, and why is his family now embroiled in a corruption scandal that goes to the heart of NSW politics? Crikey’s courtroom scribe records the history and argues why you should care.

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Crikey Clarifier: are we on or off-the-record?

Jonathan Marshall found himself part of the Alan Jones story amid confusion over what publishing rules applied. Crikey intern Sally Whyte breaks down the journo code.

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What are Australia’s rules of engagement during war?

A raid to find rogue Afghan army member Hek Matullah by combined Australian and Afghanistan forces resulted in two civilians being killed. Priscilla Pho talks to an expert about rules of engagement during war.

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Crikey Clarifier: would a national 10c cash-for-trash scheme work?

It looks like state and federal governments will not be binning plans for more cash-for-containers schemes, with Tony Burke announcing support for a national program. Aicha Marhfour examines how a scheme would work.

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Why the tensions over the South China Sea?

China imposed a ban on fishing in contested territorial waters in the South China Sea yesterday, as its long-time battle with the Philippines over the territory heated up. Scott Barnes asks the experts to explain the historical tensions.

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Why are gene patents so controversial?

Four thousand human genes have already been patented and Melissa Parke and Bill Heffernan want to ban all patents on human genes. Scott Barnes asks the experts on why these patents are so controversial.

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