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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

China’s anti-corruption campaign could hurt Aussie unis

The most important meeting of China’s Communist Party will begin today. On the agenda is a possible overhaul of China’s legal system — but its anti-corruption campaign has already begun to take its toll.

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SALLY WHYTE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Video: Greens target ALP over data retention

Mandatory data retention is set to be included in the next round of security legislation — and the Greens will be fighting it every step of the way.

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POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Abbott woos Jokowi, party invite in hand

Today the real work begins for incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo, writes Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 5

The 30-year history of trying (and failing) to make ABC cuts

Successive governments have let the ABC adapt to its environment rather than take on the difficult task of discussing what public broadcasting should mean.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Is Barry O’Farrell eyeing Canberra?

NSW is undergoing a changing of the guard as numerous state MPs bow out. But former premier Barry O’Farrell might not be staying out of politics for long.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Canberra is hosting the current round of talks to try to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty — despite the damage it will inflict on the national interest.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 12 UNLOCK?

Rundle: manning the barricades (again) for reproductive freedom

There’s a feeling of “not this again”, as women and pro-choice supporters gear up to fight oppressive laws which seek to grant “personhood” to zygotes.

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POLITICS | 20 UNLOCK?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a Halloween horror-show

The latest draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, released by WikiLeaks, is a literal Mickey Mouse agreement, writes Dr Matthew Rimmer, associate professor at ANU college of law.

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DAVID LLEWELLYN-SMITH | POLITICS | 14

Relaxing 457 visa laws will spoil the economic pie

Contrary to the Abbott government’s claims, flagged changes to the foreign worker 457 visa program won’t be good for the Australian economy.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Nats v Libs in battle for the chair-sniffer’s seat

The Labor Party is uncompetitive in the south-western WA seat of Vasse, but the Nationals and Liberals are giving it all they’ve got.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Your quick guide to multinational tax dodging

Multinational tax avoidance is a truly massive problem — but defining it is the first of many challenges.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | 16 UNLOCK?

All good in the Hudood: Pakistan doesn’t need Malala’s secularism, says female pollie

Former Pakistani MP Raheel Qazi believes a woman’s first priority should be her family and that Malala Yousafzai’s goal of a secular Pakistan should never be realised.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 3

Freshwater Nats now setting the NSW agenda

There is more to NSW than Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong — and regional NSW have their turn in the spotlight.

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POLITICS | 23

The ANU’s in good company — whatever Abbott might advise investors

The ANU’s fossil fuel divestment strategy is hardly novel — plenty of investors are bailing out of fossil fuel stocks, and for more than just moral reasons, write Glenn Dyer, Bernard Keane and Paddy Manning.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 7 UNLOCK?

Ebola-wielding terrorists/immigrants and the politics of fear

Ebola is in the US! Maybe IS agents have it! Maybe Mexicans! Crikey’s writer-at-large finds the Ebola narrative fits in perfectly with Americans’ terror of everything.

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JASON WHITTAKER | POLITICS | 2

The Victorian government’s major failure (it has nothing to do with porn)

The Victorian bureaucracy lacks accountability, fails to communicate and consistently ignores recommendations to improve. And it gets away with it because nobody is listening.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

Andrew Nikolic’s Middle Eastern vision provides something for everyone

Following Andrew Nikolic’s logic on the Middle East is quite a challenge, but it seems he never saw a Middle Eastern country he didn’t want to attack.

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 6

Razer’s Class Warfare: Clooney/Alamuddin name discussion is a load of wank

Amal Alamuddin changing her name to Clooney is not a feminist discussion. It’s stupid celebrity gossip, and we need to move on.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s ‘shirt-fronting’ machismo pleases men and women

Tony Abbott’s personal approval ratings have been enjoying a boost ever since international conflicts distracted from domestic issues. Interestingly, both men and women have bought the tough-guy shtick.

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Why the Greens are eating the ALP’s lunch: a tale of two trivia nights

Labor is relying on direct mail-outs and TV spots, but the Greens’ grassroots approach could give the minor party a swag of inner-Melbourne seats.

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The crucial six inches that could unclog Victoria’s roads

There are grand plans, but the rail freight network needs investment and a clear commitment to a single rail gauge now, writes freelance journalist Max Berry.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Rundle: in Iowa, America’s heartland and one of its only real contests

One of the most interesting contests of the mid-terms is happening out on the prairie.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Mayne explains City of Melbourne’s $76m property splash

A recent land purchase has Melbourne City Council excited about the prospect of rejuvenating Queen Vic Market’s landscape.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Baird’s donation reforms show up a useless federal disclosure law

While states like NSW tighten up political donation laws, our federal disclosure system is, in effect, voluntary.

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STILGHERRIAN | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

How ABC 702 Sydney failed the Blue Mountains, and Twitter won this morning

Coverage of last night’s wild storm that lashed Sydney seems to show that, in a digital age, Twitter is a more reliable source of information than old media.

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