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POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: what exactly is a high terror alert?

On Friday Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the terror threat level to “high”, suggesting a terrorist attack is “likely”. Should we all be at panic stations? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

Abbott, the nervy pugilist who may or may not have taken us to war

Tony Abbott’s eagerness to get involved in the “war” against Islamic State obscures how little we know what we’re doing in Iraq, or with whom we’re doing it.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | 8

Why we can’t get enough of jihadi sluts

There is nothing like the heady mix of sex and death, and if you throw in some terrorism and betrayal of “our” values, the Western media just can’t resist.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 10

War, what is it good for? Big bank investments

Some of Australia’s biggest financial institutions stand to make a killing from the return to Iraq.

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POLITICS | 9

Shorten puts on the union schtick for ASC workers, but he doesn’t pull it off

Bill Shorten tried to gee up workers at South Australia’s ASC, but it was a few soundbites with little substance, writes InDaily political reporter Tom Richardson.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Meet the ex-Trot who is begging Scotland to stay

Alistair Darling, an Edinburgh Labour MP and former chancellor of the Exchequer, is chair of Better Together, the umbrella organisation leading the “No” campaign against Scotland’s independence in Thursday’s referendum. Freelance journalist Alex Mitchell reports.

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POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Why Labor bit the bullet and dumped the East West Link

Labor’s recent announcement that it will now oppose the East West Link is not so much a reversal of position as the outcome of a flawed initial decision, writes former Victorian Labor MP Tony Lupton.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Morrison fumes, Cambodia asylum seeker deal stalls

Australia’s plan to send refugees to Cambodia might not come to fruition, as the Cambodian government is dragging its feet.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 39

Abbott has made Australia less safe — so he’s right to lift the threat level

Tony Abbott’s announcement that the terrorism threat level has been raised is correct — after all, he has taken a deliberate decision that will make Australians less safe, and done so for political purposes.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 21 UNLOCK?

Who benefits from the return to Iraq?

The inconsistencies in the case for intervention in Iraq demonstrate how the US and Australia are struggling to see where their real national interests lie.

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BEN SANDILANDS | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Think your arse is 100% safe in a Dreamliner? You’re dreaming

The good news is that Dreamliners aren’t totally unsafe — at least not more so than any other jet. But they aren’t exactly a neurotic’s dream either.

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PADDY MANNING | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Manning: we all hope for an Aussie submarine

There are reasons Australia should build submarines — and they are not all to do with cost.

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Scotland’s possible secession leaves the EU in a bit of a pickle

If Scotland leaves the UK, will it also be leaving the European Union? Freelance journalist James Panichi reports that in Brussels, no one has any idea.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 7 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s dismal poll performance the worst since Whitlam

There has not been much of a honeymoon period for the Abbott government, with approval for the government and for Abbott dismally low.

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POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Volatile jobs numbers break records, maybe not for the right reasons

A big fall in unemployment has more than reversed recent gains, but there are question marks over the figures.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Keane: we are failing domestic violence victims with our terrorism obsession

Why do we prioritise terrorism as a threat to Australians when domestic violence kills hundreds of women and children?

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 27 UNLOCK?

Rundle: while we manufacture IS panic, a real virus is threatening the world

Will the arrival of a possible Ebola case in the Gold Coast reset global priorities? Don’t hold what’s left of your breath.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 33

No matter how many questions, the campaign against Gillard will never end

Julia Gillard haters got their moment to shine yesterday when Gillard fronted the unions royal commission. But not one managed to land a blow.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Guess who’s coming to Bob Carr’s dinner?

Think Joe Tripodi and expelled former lands minister Tony Kelly are personae non gratae around the Labor traps in NSW? Think again …

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: why the Coalition can afford to throw SA under the submarine

Will abandoning its promise to build new submarines in South Australia hurt the Coalition’s chances in that state? Probably — but does it need SA to win at the next election anyway?

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POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Keane is wrong: we should build subs in Australia

Japan has never exported submarines, and buying off-the-shelf subs could hurt our sovereign capability, writes Professor Goran Roos, chair of Advanced Manufacturing Council.

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: Apple a cruel industrialist in Hillsong Jesus clothing

The emotional incontinence of idiot tech journalists as they fetishise graven images (read: iPhones and Apple Watches) glorifies a god (read: cult leader) that is not as benevolent as it seems.

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POLITICS | 26 UNLOCK?

Gillard gives her enemies more than they bargained for at royal commission

The former PM held her own in the witness stand today, but how big a role did the media play in putting her there in the first place? Freelance journalist Scott Mitchell reports from the hearing.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 9 UNLOCK?

Sydney voting changes not the ICAC distraction Baird was hoping for

NSW Premier Mike Baird’s plans to bring City of Sydney in line with City of Melbourne haven’t quite worked out.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 33 UNLOCK?

Japanese subs: government makes the right call

It’s time to stop treating defence as a subset of industry policy and source major purchases from wherever we can find best value.

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