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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Who shares the burden in Hockey’s morality play?

Joe Hockey says the burden of repairing the budget will be shared by everyone. His government’s decisions suggest that’s not the case.

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CRIKEY INTERN | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

How the pretty royals are turning young people into monarchists

Support for the monarchy has almost doubled among Australians under the age of 30. Monarchists and republicans agree Wills and Kate are partly responsible. Crikey intern Luke Cooper talks to both sides.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

The lethal legacy of Brian Harradine: his long war on women’s rights

While former Tasmanian senator Brian Harradine’s passing is mourned and his life celebrated, we should remember his impact on the lives of women of developing countries.

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POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

Political lobbying is an incestuous reality. But where does it cross the line into corruption? Governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos explores.

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GILES PARKINSON | POLITICS | 5

The world is cooling, Abbott’s biz adviser insists. Bunkum

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Tony Abbott’s business guru Maurice Newman is still convinced the world is cooling. Here’s some facts to add to his case.

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PADDY MANNING | POLITICS | 3

Meet the men cashing in on Australia’s aged care crisis

As the nation ages, developers are cashing in. After the stunning market debut of Japara Healthcare last week, Crikey investigates the government schemes making many rich.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Anzac Day’s disjuncture from the bloody failure it represents

At least the women who protested against Anzac Day in the 1970s and ’80s had a real cause. Lest we forget what the remembrance of a bloody failure has become today.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 24

Lockheed wins out over taxpayers in the F-35 procurement nightmare

The history of the F-35 is that of a defence procurement disaster. But contrary to the claims of the Pentagon, the program is still not under control.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: pensions, ABC cuts and what an ‘other’ voter looks like

Voters oppose cuts to the ABC or raising the pension age, today’s Essential Report finds. It also gives us an insight into the minds of Palmer United Party and other independent voters.

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My life on the black list: Indonesia’s tight grip on visas continues

Crikey’s international affairs commentator has been banned from travelling to Indonesia — again. The government is still nervous about the work of academics and reporters.

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POLITICS | 18 UNLOCK?

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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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Sub-hub Pagemasters’ jilted bride could come back to haunt

Outsourced subediting company Pagemasters walked away from a deal with an Asian consortium. It’s now looking for other Australian suitors — Pagemasters might come off second-best in the competition.

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PATRICK BAUME | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: Royals, Direct Action and a premier cut down

NSW politics dominated national news this week, catapulting plenty of NSW politicians into the Index for the first time.

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POLITICS | 1

The O’Farrell legacy: a new model of government in NSW

David Clune, NSW Parliament’s historian and an honorary associate in Sydney University’s Department of Government and International Relations, assesses a premiership cut short for Inside Story.

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POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Hockey sings the 94 US cent budget blues — and wants the RBA to join in

If Joe Hockey is unhappy enough about the strong dollar to compromise the independence of the Reserve Bank, he should try being Treasurer when it’s above parity, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 20

An Australian killed, to the studied indifference of his government

An Australian has been killed overseas. But the federal government is strangely incurious about it, and has nothing to say about it. Its ideology is getting in the way.

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POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

A fairer way to provide pensions (and save the government money)

Australia’s pension and superannuation tax concessions are costing the government billions, with costs continuing to rise. The Australia Institute researchers David Ingles and Richard Denniss argue there is another way to best serve the elderly.

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POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

In Tasmania, even crooks like Gay can run a business

Tasmania’s judges just don’t have a bad word to say about John Gay. How is it the former Gunns boss can run a company again, asks business director and commentator John Addis.

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PADDY MANNING | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

The NSW disease: Barry O’Farrell infected, now who’s next?

While we may not yet know the full story on why Barry O’Farrell resigned, there is much more to the story on AWH’s lobbying efforts in respect to both the Labor and Liberal NSW governments.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Corporate watchdog fails to pass a conflict of interest test of its own

How ASIC handles conflicts of interest when it relies on swapping staff with industry is key to perceptions of the regulator. And the story is not a good one.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | POLITICS | 9 UNLOCK?

They did but see them pass them by, but not much love before they die

Wills and Kate (and baby Prince George) are in Sydney to meet their loyal subjects. But our enterprising royal correspondent found loyal subjects were rather thin on the ground.

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CRIKEY INTERN | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Indian, Indonesian wannabe pollies get their star turns on TV

Western countries aren’t the only ones spending big on electioneering. Crikey intern Luke Cooper takes a look at some of the campaign ads in Indonesia and India.

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 10

Razer’s Class Warfare: Wills, Kate will never be royals — but they can be celebs

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Sydney, and they will no doubt be on their blandest, most boringly dutiful behaviour. But that’s not due to the dignity of their titles — it’s in opposition.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 17

Liberals, in denial over O’Farrell’s error, should learn from this

As NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell heads for the exit, shooting the messenger won’t help the Liberals. Incestuous links with business will continue to inflict damage on the party, especially in a party branch as inept as NSW.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | POLITICS | 16 UNLOCK?

Words that led to O’Farrell’s downfall, and the words that came next

As Barnaby Joyce said, “I can’t believe it”. Here are the words that brought down a Premier.

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