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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Animal Justice Party brings home the facon in NSW

The results are in for the final seat in the NSW upper house, and just about everyone is breathing a sigh of relief. Here’s why …

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How Dr Karl did Treasury a big favour

Dr Karl has injected some much-needed debate into the issue of government communications in a social media age, writes The Mandarin publisher Tom Burton.

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SALLY WHYTE | POLITICS | 13 UNLOCK?

A step to the Right? Fellows desert leftie think tank over new direction

A sudden exodus of fellows from the Centre for Policy Development suggests the think tank may be changing ideological tack.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 23 UNLOCK?

Abbott rightly resists the whine of the west

Tony Abbott is right to avoid the WA-versus-the-rest GST stoush, but he can’t avoid the fight over health and education funding.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Mayne offers cash for submissions scandal on City of Melbourne’s annual actions

If you can think of any new initiatives the City of Melbourne should launch in 2015-16, come along next Tuesday and make your pitch, pocketing $20 for your efforts.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Rundle: did Sinn Fein just drop a bomshell?

The challengers have debated, with the winner perhaps being Ed Miliband. who was not even there.

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POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s gifts to the IPA: part 4

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 21 UNLOCK?

Woolworths’ Anzac campaign perfectly appropriate to what Gallipoli has become

The reality of Gallipoli is secondary to its function as a powerful but empty signifier. If we are going to hate Woolworths’ co-option of the Diggers, why do we allow everyone else to do it?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Mayne: media go berserk as Vic Labor effectively closes the East West file

The tabloids have been crucifying Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, without giving any of the straightforward answers on the East West road project and future public infrastructure.

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GLENN DYER | POLITICS | 2

Murdoch’s incendiary, red-headed ‘up yours’ to the Leveson Inquiry

It’s been an open secret for months now that Rebekah Brooks will be returning to the Murdoch stable, but does Rupert really have the gall to place her back into a senior editorial role in the UK?

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 35 UNLOCK?

Rundle: the Right really do not want to open the Anzac can of worms

Insisting that Turkey hold a truth and reconciliation commission into the slaughter of Armenians around the time of the Gallipoli landing will raise some very uncomfortable questions about Australia’s own behaviour.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Sorry, AEC truthers, electoral conspiracy theories don’t hold water

So, why do the provide pencils instead of pens at voting booths, huh? What exactly are they hiding?

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POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s gifts to the IPA: part 3

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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The lies our government is telling refugees about Cambodia

The Australian government has devised a “fact sheet” to tell refugees in Nauru what they could expect from life in Cambodia. But the fact sheet is full of lies.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Revealed: suppressed government report slams mental health services

A major report on our inefficient, patchwork approach to mental health leaves the government unable to retain the status quo, but with no easy way forward.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 7 UNLOCK?

High Court clips ICAC’s wings in ‘Cunneen affair’

The High Court’s decision to curtail ICAC’s investigation of high-profile lawyer Margaret Cunneen has severe implications for the corruption watchdog’s future.

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NT Labor revolting: leadership spill motion on the cards

Delia Lawrie appears determined to hang onto her leadership of the Labor Party despite the numbers running against her.

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CRIKEY INTERN | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

What the heck is horizontal fiscal equalisation, and why does WA hate it?

Western Australia is particularly upset with the way the federal government distributes GST revenue. Does it have a point? Crikey intern Sophie Thomas explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Government faces fights on multiple fiscal fronts

The government faces fights on multiple fronts on tax and the budget, but doesn’t appear to have coordinated its tactics.

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Why can’t we just build a lot more railway lines?

It might seem easy to build more rail lines given so many were built in the past. But in some cases we wouldn’t tolerate the same conditions that provided much of our legacy infrastructure.

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An open letter to Tony Abbott by a 13-year-old

Imogen Senior, age 13, daughter of GP and Wonky Health contributor Dr Tim Senior, is incensed at Australia’s treatment of children in immigration detention.

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POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

How Abbott rewards the IPA: part 2

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 55 UNLOCK?

Anti-vaxxers are free riders, not a persecuted minority

Anti-vaxxers are dangerous conspiracy theorists whose actions kill children. They don’t deserve any support from the community.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Rabble with a cause: the importance of civil disobedience and ‘selfishness’

Those who dismissed last Friday’s protest against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities as selfish completely miss the point.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters still (really) down on Abbott

Tony Abbott continues to be deeply unpopular with voters, today’s Essential Report shows, but Bill Shorten has failed to capitalise on it.

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