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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 3

No new taxes to see here, just plenty of ‘loophole closing’

As the Netflix tax example shows, pretty much anything can be dressed up as “tax integrity” or “level playing field” or “loophole” if that’s how you want to portray it.

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ALEX MITCHELL | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

Labor firing squad circles up to choose new president

Choosing a national president used to be a fairly straightforward thing. But you can count on Labor to shoot itself in both feet.

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POLITICS | 29 UNLOCK?

Temperature’s rising: acid rain of govt intervention leaves BOM high and dry

Morale at the Bureau of Meteorology is at rock bottom, amid veiled pressure from the Abbott government, write Crikey reporter Sally Whyte and Crikey editor Marni Cordell.

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POLITICS | 16 UNLOCK?

‘Cruel and humiliating’: world media revile Abbott govt

Whether it’s his “cruel” policies on asylum seekers, or a scandal over Johnny Depp’s dogs, Tony Abbott keeps getting blasted by international TV, newspapers and radio, writes Alan Austin.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 13 UNLOCK?

Hockey bungles the message, but Abbott’s is a failure of conviction

Tony Abbott’s second-guessing of himself on an iron ore inquiry reflects a deeper question of what his government stands for.

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POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

Meet the man who makes tyrants, warlords and governments shake in their boots

Human Rights Watch emergencies director Peter Bouckaert knows his way around a war zone — and a minister’s office, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 21 UNLOCK?

Rundle: roll up, roll up, and watch the right implode

When the right are actually advocating sterilising the poor, the end is probably nigh.

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POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Money-laundering terrorists? Well, not exactly …

Despite the provocative headlines, Australian criminals are not, in fact, using terrorist groups to launder money. The Mandarin’s David Donaldson reports.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 6 UNLOCK?

Rundle: who’s afraid of the latte-sippers?

The Greens are, in the long run, the party in waiting for leadership, because their class is in waiting for leadership.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Myanmar’s refugee crisis all but ignored by Australia

Australia’s response to the discovery of slave camps and mass graves in south-east Asia, as well as the persecution and exodus of Muslim Burmese is black mark against our international duty.

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POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

Royal commission attack on industry super comes a cropper

The trade union royal commission has attacked industry super funds at the exact moment new evidence emerges of how strongly they outperform bank-run retail super, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Mourn for lost Palmyra, but it is not yours

Islamic State’s destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra is heartbreaking. But its history and artifacts do not belong to the world; they belong to Syria alone.

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Equality does not trickle down, no matter what Girl Power feminists say

The philosophy underpinning She Leads, a new feminist conference to “inspire” women leaders, is total pants. It ignores the basic truth about inequality and supply-side economics.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: about that post-budget poll bounce …

We should not rush to put too much stock in a single poll that shows the Prime Minister is on the way up.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Sacked SBS reporter tries his luck with the law

Was SBS within its rights to fire Scott McIntyre for “offensive” tweets sent on Anzac Day? That’s for the courts to decide (though it probably won’t come to that).

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Australia’s Iraq ‘stalemate’ still stimulating terrorist recruitment

Australia now finds itself embedded in a “stalemate” in Iraq, at best, while apparently determined to ensure disillusioned jihadis stay there.

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PATRICK BAUME | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Isentia Index: Johnny Depp’s dogs steal the budget week limelight

Australians were more interested in the fates of two celebrity dogs than the budget release.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Iron ore inquiry is populism from a fair-weather free-market friend

What exactly would an iron ore inquiry achieve other than satisfy the populist cravings of a government that once cheered on the big miners? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: thumbs up for the budget, but no bounce for the Coalition

Voters like the 2015 budget much more than last year, but don’t think they’ll benefit and don’t think it will help with Australia’s “budget emergency”, today’s Essential Report shows.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 23 UNLOCK?

Rundle: four ways the Labor Party could save its bacon

If — and this is a big if — the Labor Party wants to continue as an Australian political party with any votes and influence at all, here is what it needs to do.

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POLITICS | 3

The incredible bargain of ice (and why it is so dangerous)

Australia isn’t in the grip of an ice epidemic — rather, we’re seeing a disastrous misunderstanding by users of exactly what they are taking, argues Adelaide addiction specialist Dr Philip Crowley.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 8 UNLOCK?

Latham enlists domestic violence for his own culture war

Domestic violence is increasingly being used as a theatre for the culture wars, not treated on its merits.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Is this the real world? Bin Laden conspiracy theory makes plenty of sense

The US government loves to create its own reality, and the case of Osama bin Laden’s assassination is no different.

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Is the Vic govt’s discussion paper on housing standards a sham inquiry?

The Victorian government say it wants to start a serious discussion with the community on design standards for apartments. But it’s not telling the full story.

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POLITICS | 7 UNLOCK?

Kiwis move hard and fast on Auckland property bubble

The Kiwis have moved hard against a bubble in its biggest property market. When will Australian regulators do the same, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane ask.

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