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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Rundle: why Clinton needs Sanders to split the Republicans

In the desert of the real, the spectacle is all. And what a spectacle the race for US president is already turning out to be.

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POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Would the ALP’s ‘Buffett tax’ put an end to tax-rorting millionaires?

Some 55 millionaires paid no tax at all in 2012-13, and they claimed an average of $700 in benefits. Economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy says that doesn’t necessarily mean they are rorters, but the chances are pretty good …

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 33 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

ISDS benefits only corporations, and governments lose out even when they win, the evidence shows.

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Essential: just go, Bronwyn, just go

Many voters, including Liberal voters, want Bronwyn Bishop gone from politics altogether. And few people are buying the government’s efforts to link a carbon price and higher electricity prices, Essential Report shows.

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Madam Speaker to the back of the plane …

Flight attendants continue to dish on the flying habits of Bronwyn Bishop.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 26

Rundle: Labor signs on for efficient bastardy in an unsatisfying pageant

The Labor conference is all for show, of course. These decisions have been made long ago, behind closed doors.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Conference settles Labor’s leadership issue — for now

Bill Shorten emerged from Labor’s national conference with his authority repaired and the party leadership issue settled.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Inside the gay marriage debate: Shorten sets Joe de Bruyn’s expiration date

The Labor Party has finally committed to a binding vote on same-sex marriage. Eventually.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Church lets loose at its least favourite Abbott

The Jesuit head of the Asia-Pacific region has slammed Tony Abbott’s refugee policy, and the big man himself has taken a position very contrary to Abbott’s on the environment.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: should Labo(u)r act with its head or its heart?

Labor is losing votes to the Greens with its boat turnback policy. But isn’t it better to lose the left, whose preferences will flow back to Labor anyway, than to the Liberals?

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Tips and rumours: I went to the ALP national conference and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Needs more zingers.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 17 UNLOCK?

Will Shorten’s high-risk ploy achieve a remarkable recovery?

With his leadership weakened, Bill Shorten has made two high-risk plays ahead of Labor’s national conference.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Day the muzak died: even Shorten gets a rock star welcome at ALP conference

Bill Shorten invoked Gough Whitlam to gee up the party faithful.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

Tilting at windmills: counter-terrorism strategy ignores reality

The new counter-terrorism strategy ignores the hard reality of what causes radicalisation, in favour of a neoconservative straw man.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: should firies be able to spruik for Labor in their hi-vis?

Rather than addressing genuine electoral reform, the government wants to make sure polling places are kept free of trade unionists agitating for the competition.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 3

They fought the media and they … won?

Sometimes a defamation case brings more heartache (and cost) than it’s worth. Here are five times high-profile people took on the media, and while they technically won, the cost might have been too high.

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POLITICS | 16

Bad judgment: Hockey defamation case a costly mistake

Hockey has fallen off his “tiger”, writes Nicholas Pullen, a Melbourne-based partner with HWL Ebsworth, specialising in media and defamation law.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 44 UNLOCK?

Labor on turnbacks: moral conundrum, political no-brainer

While the moral and policy issues around boat turnbacks are complex, politically the issue is very simple for Labor.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 12 UNLOCK?

Rundle: tremble, overlords, for the socialist revolution is upon us

The frontrunner to lead the British Labour Party is an avowed socialist. Even in the US socialist Bernie Sanders is making headway. Over to you, Australia.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 34 UNLOCK?

Taxpayers spending $1.3m a day to keep asylum seekers in island hellhole

It turns out it would be vastly cheaper to treat asylum seekers like actual human beings and provide proper housing and education services. But the Department of Immigration still says Nauru is a bargain.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Govt’s piracy code next to useless, says govt’s own survey

In trying to sell its piracy legislation, the government commissioned a survey into whether it would stop piracy. Unfortunately for Malcolm Turnbull, his proposed law is not worth a hill of beans.

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BEN ELTHAM | POLITICS | 13 UNLOCK?

Exclusive: Brandis ‘completely flummoxed’ by his own OzCo changes

Struggling Arts Minister George Brandis has revealed he doesn’t actually understand the changes he’s made to the Australia Council. Additional reporting by Crikey intern Joely Mitchell.

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POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Stronger CPI result suggests real wage drop

A slightly stronger CPI result won’t trouble the Reserve Bank but means workers are continuing to look at declining real wages, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Isentia Index: The ‘age of entitlement’ is over – or is it?

Bronwyn Bishop and a hungry shark dominated media coverage this week.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 39 UNLOCK?

Shorten’s Super-RET: dumb economics, but smart politics?

Bill Shorten’s higher RET is intended to exploit the gap between voter enthusiasm for renewables and Tony Abbott’s pathological hatred of them. But it’s not the best way to achieve decarbonisation.

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