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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Liberals hang on in NSW, but do they have a poles-and-wires mandate?

NSW Premier Mike Baird put his cards on the table and it paid off at yesterday’s state election — but does the Coalition now have a mandate to privatise the state’s poles and wires?

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 19 UNLOCK?

Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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BEN SANDILANDS | POLITICS | 13

What if the real threat on an airplane is inside the cockpit?

We have always worried about keeping baddies out of the cockpit. Should we start worrying about who is inside?

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 13 UNLOCK?

A desperate Foley plays the race card

There is so much Labor could be campaigning on in NSW. And yet it has chosen to alienate Asian-Australian voters instead.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Sydney Liberal holdouts could quash Labor’s dreams

While Labor will win back many seats lost in their 2011 landslide defeat, Premier Mike Baird’s Liberal Party will almost certainly retain government.

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CRIKEY INTERN | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Meet the micro-parties and oddballs campaigning for your vote

From parking meters to mosques, Crikey canvasses some of the pet hates of candidates running for office in tomorrow’s NSW poll.

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GLENN DYER | POLITICS | 9 UNLOCK?

RBA on Australian banks: don’t trust ‘em

The RBA has some choice words for Australian banks, and they would do well to sit up and pay attention.

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SALLY WHYTE | POLITICS | 20 UNLOCK?

Exclusive: Fraser’s progressive vision for a new political party

Malcolm Fraser was avidly working on founding a new political party, Renew Australia, founded on the principles of social justice, progressive democracy and escaping the long arm of the United States.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Fraser’s final political legacy looked forward and back

At his death, Malcolm Fraser was preparing for another act in his political life, with a party intended to address the deep disenchantment of many Australians toward politics.

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Rob Oakeshott: with no ‘plan B’, nothing in NSW — or Canberra — will get done

Political parties are good at making big, sweeping promises in the lead-up to an election. But as former independent federal MP Rob Oakeshott asks, does everyone forget the upper house?

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: ‘Mr Nice Guy’ Mike Baird propping up popularity of embattled PM

NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird is seen by many as a down-to-earth everyman to the extent that, instead of Tony Abbott’s image dragging Baird down, Baird’s popularity is lifting Tony up.

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IRFAN YUSUF | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

How the Western media supports terrorism

Daesh supporters post gruesome photographs on social media to spread propaganda. And the Western media have been very willing to help out with that.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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BEN SANDILANDS | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Germanwings crash: what we know so far

There is nothing known that adversely reflects on the safety culture nor maintenance of Germanwings, but what caused the A320 to crash?

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Rundle: UK election going the full Monty

Ed “Two Kitchens” Miliband has an inexplicable lead over David Cameron. But neither of them can deliver workable government.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

NSW Coalition cruising to victory on voter trust

The NSW Coalition is headed for what should be an easy win, Essential Research polling shows — reflecting the strong trust voters have in its ability to handle major issues.

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SALLY WHYTE | POLITICS | 1

‘PM for Aboriginal Affairs’ slashes millions from indigenous programs

The Aboriginal Legal Service is among the organisations bracing for significant funding cuts.

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POLITICS | 14

Why Jake Lynch was waving money around at an anti-Israel protest

Jake Lynch is a long-time supporter of Palestine, but he has shown no evidence of anti-Semitism, whatever his ideological enemies might say, writes Sydney University senior lecturer Nick Riemer

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CRIKEY INTERN | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

The 10-day election: what if everyone voted below the line?

There are an extraordinary 394 candidates for 21 seats in NSW’s Legislative Council this year. What if every voter carefully considered and ranked them all in order of preference? Brihony Tulloch investigates.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 25 UNLOCK?

NSW Greens-Labor marriage of convenience sours

When will the Greens be able to stand on their own instead of reflexively preferencing Labor?

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No early answers to fatal Alps descent by Germanwings

Darkness has fallen over the site of yesterday’s Germanwings disaster in France, and there are, as would be expected at this stage, no early answers as to its cause.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 19 UNLOCK?

What Joe should tell his colleagues about his budget

Joe Hockey’s budget message has been complicated not just by confusion within the government but by the government’s readiness to look after its mates.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 10

Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

Voters are gloomy about the state of the economy, but they want a stronger Renewable Energy Target, not a watered down one, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Tough love from Singapore’s founding father

The death of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew should remind us that much as he gave Malcolm Fraser some excellent tough-love advice, it might be time to return the favour.

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