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POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Little common ground and less understanding at pro-life conference

Freelance writer Connor Tomas O’Brien attended the World Congress of Families. He discovered angry protesters and outraged attendees — with neither side willing to give an inch.

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POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

How and why Shiites are sidelined from Australian public life

The majority of Western Muslim organisations are dominated by Sunni Muslims, writes lawyer, author and commentator Irfan Yusuf. But what about the Shia?

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 20

Brandis moves to jail whistleblower and lawyer for revealing ASIS scandal

The government’s move to prosecute a whistleblower and his lawyer for revealing an ASIS scandal illustrates its determination to send a signal to all potential whistleblowers.

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Can the NT govt oust its ‘nest of vipers’ and restore public trust?

The Northern Territory’s Country Liberal Party can’t seem to put a foot right, but an upcoming meeting of the CLP’s parliamentary wing will try to stem the tide of mistakes.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 20 UNLOCK?

Government breaches its own terror laws in returning to Iraq

In arming the Kurdish regional government, Tony Abbott is helping a proscribed terrorist organisation and placing Australians at greater risk of terrorist attack.

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CRIKEY INTERN | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Is Dick Warburton already scaring off renewable energy investors?

A Californian algae producer has mysteriously abandoned its $300 million Pilbara project, writes freelance journalist Kerry Faulkner.

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Photo Gallery: World Congresss of Families

All photos by Connor O’Brien

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POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

The anti-surveillance document we signed with Indonesia may be obsolete in a matter of months — so what’s the point of it?

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 9 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Pyne’s bizarre free speech rhetoric a dog whistle to the IPA

Free speech on university campuses is crucial — but only if said free speech aligns with the government’s rhetoric.

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BEN SANDILANDS | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Qantas v Virgin: the kick-and-gouge, cut-throat brawl

Qantas isn’t the only airline in financial strife, as Virgin Australia releases its latest financial results.

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GILES PARKINSON | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

How the coal industry hoodwinked us all into higher electricity prices

The dirty coal industry has won a victory over renewables with the recommendations of the RET review panel to neuter the target. The losers will be consumers — and the earth.

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POLITICS | 24

Broadband is just a toy for bored geeks, right?

The Coalition’s independent NBN modelling appears to be based on spurious (and sometimes laughable) assumptions about the way Australians use the internet, now and in the future, writes board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia Colin Jacobs.

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POLITICS | 13

‘We don’t know what to do’: Ukraine’s desperate cry for help

Russia has invaded Ukrainian sovereignty, and without help it is unlikely Ukraine can hold off the Russian bear. Freelance journalist Charles McPhedran reports from Kiev.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: a tale of two state Liberal governments

It is the best of times (for Mike Baird), it is the worst of times (for Denis Napthine). How is it that the NSW government is able to maintain the goodwill of voters, while its Victorian counterpart languishes?

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

Tony Abbott hoped he’d be able to beguile the oddball crossbenchers in the Senate, but revelations about Ricky Muir’s unionist past could prove a sticking point.

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POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Geoff Shaw and the curious case of suspended sentences

Will Geoff Shaw be able to resume his seat, and will his apology to Parliament pass muster? Tony Lupton, former Labor member of Victorian Parliament, explains.

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BEN SANDILANDS | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Shareholders or passengers? Steep losses pose tough questions for the future of Qantas

Qantas international has suffered serious financial setbacks, despite earlier assurances to the contrary. The domestic arm isn’t looking too flash either.

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STILGHERRIAN | POLITICS | 25 UNLOCK?

Govt modelling says NBN is just fine — as long as you don’t want to use the internet much

The government’s estimations of the download speeds we’ll need in the future are laughable — and alarming.

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PADDY MANNING | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

The murky world of Tinkler’s Maules Creek approval revealed

More corruption and skulduggery has emerged in ICAC hearings, with Nathan Tinkler involved in much of it.

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POLITICS | 21 UNLOCK?

‘It’s very dire’: ABC budget cuts shaping up to be far worse than expected

Cuts to the ABC budget first flagged in May are shaping up to be far larger than expected, with insiders describing the situation as “very dire”.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 20

Retracing our steps on the march into Iraq

The parallels between the current path to intervention in Iraq and Syria and the Iraq War 11 years ago are uncanny and discomfitting.

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POLITICS | 50 UNLOCK?

Mike Carlton: Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious

Benjamin Netanyahu has ensured that no Israeli will ever again know peace, writes former ABC war correspondent and naval historian Mike Carlton.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: NSW Libs can’t stop the rot as ICAC claims another soul

The NSW Liberals are hemorrhaging MPs in the wake of ICAC investigations. The latest victim is Londonderry MP Bart Bassett, whose recent history shows branch-stacking and factional squabbles aren’t just for Labor.

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POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

The leak that saved the RET, good for jobs and energy prices

Reneging on the RET wouldn’t just cost jobs, it would actually increase electricity prices as well, writes executive director of The Australia Institute Richard Denniss.

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POLITICS | 20

The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

University vice-chancellors have singularly failed to live up to the ideals of social justice and equity they so frequently profess, writes Nick Riemer, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the NTEU Sydney University branch committee.

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