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POLITICS | 10

Border Farce: Keystone Cops boxed in by protesters and own incompetence

It’s on! Now it’s off! Now it’s on again! Oh wait, no… the Border Force operation planned for Melbourne today was not the most well-executed plan. Crikey journalists Sally Whyte and Josh Taylor were on the ground.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 10

Did he or didn’t he? Heydon plays hard to get with unions, with hearing delayed again

Even more evidence has emerged that Dyson Heydon knew the event he was due to speak at was a Liberal Party fundraiser. But he’s not in any hurry to recuse himself …

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 9 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: is Abbott setting himself up for a fall in Canning?

Bill Shorten has set the bar to claim Labor victory very low for the Canning byelection. But the Prime Minister may well be grasping at straws.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

‘This is just ridiculous’: telcos miss data retention deadline

What happens to telecommunications companies that miss the August 13 deadline to get their plans for data retention in to the government? No one really knows.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 13 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Abbott should back the Kurds and their ranks of foreign fighters

Before we talk airstrikes, Abbott needs to be held to account on the greatest hypocrisy to date: the prosecution of Australian people willing to join and fight with the Kurds.

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CASSIDY KNOWLTON | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Why cheater details ‘leaked’, but terrorists are ‘hackers’

About half the stories mentioning the Ashley Madison data dump used the term “leak”, bringing to mind whistleblowers revealing information in the public interest. So why was an Islamic State data dump called a “hack”?

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Rundle: on Pyne’s memoir, not a lesson but a symptom of politicking and trivial fantasies

Guy Rundle reviews Christopher Pyne’s recent memoir.

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POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

The challenge of lifting productivity when you can’t measure it

One of the key challenges of economic reform is measuring productivity properly — something we fail to do at the moment, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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ERIC BEECHER | POLITICS | 13 UNLOCK?

Talk is cheap: we need action, not more hot air, on reform

Everyone agrees we need to reform Australia’s institutions. But no one at yesterday’s gabfest gave any specifics as to how to do it.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 7 UNLOCK?

Every step you take: govt to pool CCTV images and facial recognition to track citizens

Soon government agencies will be able to access stills from CCTV cameras all over Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 29 UNLOCK?

While Turkey plays games with jihadis, we’re with Stupid in Syria

The government is showing profound naivety in contemplating entering the Syrian civil war, based purely on domestic political desperation.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Brandis’ office to review cost of piracy code — after it’s already lodged

Regulation always costs somebody. Now telcos are asking the Attorney-General’s Department, how much?

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POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

‘National Reform Summit’ spurns voters

The carefully pre-prepared “national reform summit” overlooks the secret to economic reform success — respecting the electorate, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: voters still suss on Bill, but more sceptical of Heydon

Who is Bill Shorten? Or rather, who do voters think he is?

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Greece shuffling the deck chairs

What will become of Greece’s ruling Syriza party?

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PATRICK BAUME | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Isentia Index: Clive dances with peanut butter and Labor MP admits his Tupperware cupboard is messy

Sex, lies and peanut butter all got people talking about Aussie politics.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

A receding Chinese tide beaches all boats, and Australia’s getting stuck in the sand

China seemed like it had hit its straps in terms of economic management. But then it all started to come apart …

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

Hockey’s ‘moral imperative’ fades into lame cynicism

Last year Joe Hockey claimed returning to surplus was a “moral imperative”. Now it’s all about tax cuts, despite the budget deficit worsening.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 12

‘A big, risky project’: Turnbull says NBN cost will be settled soon

How much will the NBN actually cost? That is the multibillion-dollar question, and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull tells Crikey we should have an answer soon.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters want same-sex marriage vote soon — and Heydon should go

There is strong support for a popular vote on same-sex marriage, today’s Essential Report shows, but voters want it sooner rather than later.

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JEFF SPARROW | POLITICS | 17 UNLOCK?

Abbott, like Menzies, is a trigger-happy hound dog, baying for blood

Liberal Party leaders have a history of agitating for war. Why is that?

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 24 UNLOCK?

Court doc confirms: govt admitted screwing up Adani approval

Federal Court documents show that the government admitted it bungled the approval of the Carmichael coal project — a failure it has refused to acknowledge in its campaign to gut a key Commonwealth environment protection act.

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POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

BREAKING: Joe wants tax cuts … again (and again)

Joe Hockey and the media are stuck in an endless, Groundhog Day-like repetition of the same story about tax cuts. And both seem to have forgotten we’re deep in deficit, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 18 UNLOCK?

Bombing in Syria: illegal, immoral, self-defeating and inevitable

Extending Australia’s military involvement against Islamic State will reinforce the narrative of Islamist aggression and make us less safe. But the Abbott government can’t help itself.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: can Labor snag Don Randall’s WA seat?

The Libs aren’t out just yet.

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