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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Journalist Barrett Brown, who first exposed the sinister links between the cybersecurity industry and the US government, has been sentenced to five years’ jail.

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POLITICS | 7

Manus Island a mental health emergency that could scar a generation

We have a duty of care to those under Australian jurisdiction to provide adequate mental health services — and on Manus Island, that duty of care is not being met, writes Minto Felix.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Time for IR reform advocates to put up or shut up

The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into industrial relations is an opportunity for business to produce hard evidence about the problems of a system that appears to be serving Australia well, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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What if all ministers were health ministers?

If government is in the business of creating healthy, productive citizens in a healthy, productive society, why shouldn’t every minister include health in his or her portfolio? GP and writer Tim Senior explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 24 UNLOCK?

AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Meet Pakistan’s all-singing, all-dancing, burqa-wearing free speech defenders

A Pakistani theatre company threw caution to the wind by performing a controversial, satirical play about burqas and freedom of expression.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 51 UNLOCK?

Rundle: did the AFP trade away the lives of the Bali Nine?

If Australian nationality means anything, the Australian government needs to do everything in its power to prevent its citizens — even the ratbag, drug-smuggling ones — from being executed abroad.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Obama has no hope of achieving his agenda, so why is he smiling?

President Barack Obama was in his element at the annual State of the Union address, despite knowing that almost none of his legislative agenda will pass a recalcitrant Congress.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

Hundreds of donors hidden by Newman’s donations laws

Campbell Newman’s gutting of political donation disclosure laws means many hundreds of LNP donors can remain secret.

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BEN SANDILANDS | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Sketchy Pel-Air crash investigation raises uncomfortable questions for deputy PM

There’s plenty to worry about when it comes to crash investigation in Australia’s aviation industry — not that you’d know it from the minister’s interest in the subject.

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GLENN DYER | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

What falling oil prices will mean for the RBA’s next rate decision

As the world’s economies struggle to cope with falling oil prices, what will Australia’s central bank decide to do?

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Crikey Blogs | POLITICS |

What we know so far about the AirAsia QZ8501 crash

Did AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash because of bad weather? Pilot error? Damage to the jet?

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Crikey Blogs | POLITICS |

If public transport is so much cheaper than driving, why do people commute by car?

A public transport lobby group claims commuters could save $10,000 a year by ditching the car and using transport. That isn’t quite true, but it would save cash. So why do people drive?

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: LNP will hold on, but will Newman?

Labor is likely to do very well in the upcoming Queensland election, but probably not well enough to win government. But the real question is: will Queensland Premier Campbell Newman lose his own seat?

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 36 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: tits on page 3 are not oppressing you

The “media effect” is nonsense, and page 3 girls with their baps out are not turning working-class men in Bristol into slavering rapists.

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POLITICS | 3

Friend or foe of indigenous culture? Jessica Mauboy as Australia Day poster girl

Tiwi and Larrakiah freelance writer Eugenia Flynn explains the increased polarisation within Aboriginal communities surrounding Invasion Day, or Survival Day.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

China’s economic slowdown is bad — and it’s only going to get worse

Anyone depending on Chinese demand for resources (like, say, Australia) should be very worried about the quickly decelerating growth in the Chinese economy.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 19 UNLOCK?

Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 10 UNLOCK?

Rundle: the complicated and weird electoral maths of the UK election

This was meant to be Labour’s year, right? But then UKIP, the Greens, some Scottish nationals and maybe even the hapless Lib-Dems got in the way.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

The sincere plodder v the blustery major: Qld parties start their engines

The Queensland LNP and Labor launched their campaigns this week, with both focusing on one important issue: whether Campbell Newman should be premier.

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PATRICK BAUME | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: Queensland, Manus Island and #Tay4Hottest100

It’s been a rough week for Labor’s campaign in Queensland, with leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s media profile shrinking compared to last week.

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Is AirAsia to blame for last month’s deadly crash?

Did AirAsia adequately prepare its pilots and ensure that the A320 was in good working order?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Mayne: Jones and Millner, Sydney’s crankiest autocrats go toe-to-toe in Qld election

Two Liberal party stalwarts, shock jock Alan Jones and New Hope Coal chairman Robert Millner, are at political loggerheads over the looming Queensland election.

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CRIKEY INTERN | POLITICS | 12 UNLOCK?

How did we get here? A Manus Island timeline

From Howard government brainwave to violence, self-harm and hunger strikes, Crikey intern Rochelle Brown reviews the troubled history of Manus Island.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 21 UNLOCK?

Manus disturbances a logical consequence of Labor-Liberal policy

The protests, self-harm and violence won’t stop on Manus Island - they’re a logical consequence of the way Australian policy has evolved.

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