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POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s reaction to Forgotten Children report straight from Howard playbook

The government has responded to the AHRC report into children in immigration detention much as you might expect from Howard’s 1997 Coalition, writes freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

After another rotten week for Abbott, change can’t come soon enough

Tony Abbott, dogged by misjudgment and poor luck, had a week so bad that some of his colleagues want him gone as soon as possible.

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It is AFP’s fault Sukumaran and Chan are on death row — and AFP needs to step up to help save them

Indonesia has a hardline approach to the death penalty for those involved in the Indonesian drug trade. But Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were not involved in the Indonesian drug trade, writes an Australian crown prosecutor and former resident of Indonesia.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: dead-cat bounce for Tony, with Malcolm lurking in the wings

Voters factor in a range of complex information when they answer hypothetical polling questions, and the recent boost in support for the Coalition is obviously good news for the party, but it isn’t necessarily good news for the PM.

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Stop the votes: AEC commissioner calls for ID at polling booths

High numbers of apparent multiple voting has electoral commissioner Tom Rogers concerned about the integrity of Australia’s elections. Are ID requirements the answer? The Mandarin journalist Harley Dennett reports.

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ERIC BEECHER | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Beecher: Tony Abbott’s fate lies in this man’s hands

The most powerful man in Australian politics is not an elected politician. It’s Chris Mitchell, editor-in-chief of The Australian.

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How ‘independent’ is the Human Rights Commission anyway?

Independent” statutory bodies like the Human Rights Commission are, in reality, beholden to their ministers and departments over funding and direction. Tom Burton of The Mandarin explains how it really works in Canberra.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 27 UNLOCK?

Positions, roles, offers, tables — who’s right in the Moraitis Files?

When is “formally putting on the table” not offering something? When it’s not in the government’s interests to admit it.

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 7 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: top five moments of political distraction (including the apology)

The government’s reaction to the Forgotten Children report is pure vaudeville — and Gillian Triggs is the villain.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

Rundle: American Sniper is the self-hating nihilism of a nation in decay

American Sniper’s alleged anti-war complexities are nothing more than self-pity from a nation that’s lost all meaning.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Attack-mode Abbott raises the tariff walls against foreigners

Tony Abbott is now incapable of any response to policy issues other than attack. Now he’s turned his sights on foreign investment.

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‘Adam Giles has no integrity’: NT political spat becomes personal

Recently sacked Country Liberal Party minister Robyn Lambley rose in Parliament to launch an all-out verbal attack on Chief Minister Adam Giles’ government.

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PAUL MILLAR | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

Australia is moving from surveillance drones to armed drones. But given the US’ record of using drones in countries without authorisiation (and given Abbott’s penchant for “captain’s calls”), are Australian armed drones a good idea?

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Crikey Blogs | POLITICS |

Is MH370 in Kazakhstan? On faking that crucial ping

All of the searches for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are assuming the plane turned south. But what if it turned north?

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Coalition contradictions become too many to count

As the Prime Minister tries to dogwhistle his way out of his leadership malaise, the incessant contradictions of the government become too many to track.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 21 UNLOCK?

Rundle: imploding Right in its Winter Palace turns against the people

Desperate, the Right has fallen back on national security fears and blaming “the mob” for its many misfortunes.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 17 UNLOCK?

The Moraitis files: resign yourself to inaction on the Triggs offer

The head of the Attorney-General’s Department is in deep trouble over his offer of a job to Gillian Triggs — but history suggests nothing will eventuate.

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‘Brandis should stand aside’: who’ll take the fall for Triggs ‘inducement’?

Labor wants police to investigate the pressure George Brandis and his department secretary applied to human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs to stand down. Do they have a case?

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Foley takes the gloves off, but Baird dominates the polls

Ahead of the NSW state election, Premier Mike Baird and his staff strut around, exuding smugness, enjoying their high polling figures, while Opposition Leader Luke Foley launches a Labor scare campaign.

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Crikey Clarifier: how’s the war on drugs going?

Indonesia’s hardline stance on Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is part of its larger “war on drugs” strategy. Freelance journalist Mat Drogemuller takes a look at the origin of that approach — and if any battles have so far been won.

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POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

How the government is sneakily taking over the Climate Change Authority

The government has decided to put the Climate Change Authority and Clean Energy Regulator under the purview of the Environment Minister. Not that you’d know it from reading the bill. Freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s cavalier disdain for foreign policy will cost lives

Don’t believe everything you read — Tony Abbott’s not doing any better overseas than he is here.

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Send in the troops — Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

The Australian Defence Force was standing by to provide disaster relief in the wake of Cyclone Lam. So why weren’t the troops sent in?

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POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

An informative (but incomplete) reminder of Muslim leaders speaking up clearly

Prime Minister Tony Abbott thinks Muslim community leaders are not vocal enough about condemning terrorism. To help the PM out, Crikey intern Abbey Casey has found numerous examples that say otherwise.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters unimpressed with Abbott’s Indonesian diplomacy

A certain fortress mentality is evidenced in today’s Essential Report, with voters less likely to rate relations with all our major trading partners as important.

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