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What will George Christensen’s surrogacy inquiry find?

George Christensen has announced Australia will conduct an inquiry into its murky and sometimes restrictive surrogacy laws. What will it find? Crikey intern Jess Davis reports.

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Does muzzling anti-abortion protesters infringe freedom of speech?

Victoria has passed legislation preventing the harassment of women outside abortion clinics. But does the new law restrict free speech? Crikey intern Jess Davis investigates.

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Why are female athletes paid so little?

Australia’s female cricket and soccer players make vastly less than their male counterparts, even after recent pay rises. Crikey intern Josh Ribarich investigates.

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Should we lower the voting age to 16?

Bill Shorten has suggested lowering the voting age, but would it really help to engage the yoof? Crikey intern Joshua Ribarich reports.

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Why are Indonesian police censoring a writers’ festival?

Organisers of a Balinese literary event had to cancel certain program items after a fortnight of pressure from local government and police.

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Will Turnbull’s new rules really ‘improve’ question time?

How does Malcolm plan to improve the sideshow that is question time? Crikey intern Mark Kearney reports.

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Why are Chinese buyers snapping up so much Australian property?

Chinese investment in Australian property is on the rise. But why? And is that even legal? Crikey intern Sunny Liu reports.

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JOSH TAYLOR | CRIKEY CLARIFIER |

Are asylum seekers on Nauru free to come and go as they please?

The government of Nauru has announced its asylum seeker detention centres will be “open centres”, with detainees allowed to leave if they wish. Will the open centre save the government from a High Court loss?

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JOSH TAYLOR | CRIKEY CLARIFIER |

Why do police want their own mobile broadband network?

In times of crisis, mobile networks can become clogged with people trying to reach fire, ambulance and police services. Does that mean emergency services should have their own networks?

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Can robots do journalists’ jobs better than we can?

Are robots the latest threat to modern journalism? Crikey intern Aron Lewin looks at the rising trend of AI bylines.

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What is a conscience vote, anyway?

Same-sex marriage has reignited debate over the ‘conscience vote’, but what is a conscience vote exactly? And how do they work? Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian explains.

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Should Australia introduce a soft drink tax?

Jamie Oliver wants Australia to introduce a 15% tax on soft drinks. But some industry experts say the success of such a measure is about as likely as producing one of the celebrity chef’s meals in a quarter of an hour. Crikey intern Emer McCarthy reports.

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Crikey Clarifier: has greyhound racing gone to the dogs?

After Monday night’s explosive Four Corners investigation into the use of live bait during greyhound races, the industry is scrambling to right itself. Crikey intern Abbey Casey reports.

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Crikey Clarifier: why does the govt spend big on media monitoring?

The media plays a big role in shaping political discourse, and politicians want to know who is on their side, writes Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s all the fuss about rare earths?

A New Zealand-born Australian resident has been arrested and released in Malaysia for protesting against a rare earths processing plant. What are rare earths? Why are they dangerous? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton has the answers.

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Crikey Clarifier: are the F-35s a bunch of white (flying) elephants?

Why are spending $12 billion on military planes with a history of faults? Andrew Davies, a senior defence analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, explains.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | CRIKEY CLARIFIER |

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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MYRIAM ROBIN | CRIKEY CLARIFIER |

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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MYRIAM ROBIN | CRIKEY CLARIFIER |

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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