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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 16 UNLOCK?

Rundle: worst Australian government ever, proven by science

No, really. This is the actual worst one. But just for fun, let’s look at the other contenders …

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Brandis giveth, taketh away: govt to keep promised data retention money

Telcos had been promised $131 million to help them allow the government to spy on Australian citizens. But hey look, now the government is going to keep some of that money after all.

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POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Isentia index: friendship groups, but not for reading press releases

Operation Fortitude is the least of the government’s worries this week, writes Isentia’s Clovelle Car

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Aussie journo happy to be free, but anger at Reuters lingers

Thailand-based journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian have been found not guilty by a Thai court. While it is a relief, they say Reuters has a lot to answer for.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 11 UNLOCK?

On dry land: where is the wet Liberal revolt against children in detention?

John Howard faced a revolt from the more progressive members of his party over the issue of children in immigration detention. How things have changed.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | POLITICS | 3 UNLOCK?

One Entsch at a time: the Libs crawl toward same-sex marriage

Margot Saville went along to hear Liberal MP Warren Entsch speak at a pro-gay marriage event.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 18 UNLOCK?

Notes from the transit lounge: the communism of Walt Disney and what’s wrong with the Swedes?

Crikey’s writer-at-large flits about Europe and discovers our post-capitalist future.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 10

Quaedvlieg blames media and the internet, announces inquiry

How did Friday’s debacle happen? The Australian Border Force has announced an inquiry … into how the department deals with the media.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 32

Heydon’t go: commissioner can’t email, decides to stay put

Dyson Heydon is doing just fine, decides Dyson Heydon.

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JOSH TAYLOR | POLITICS | 15 UNLOCK?

Anatomy of a clusterfuck: how Operation Fortitude went down

It was on, then it was off, then it was on again, then it was’t. How did the Australian Border Force screw up Operation Fortitude so very badly? And won’t someone please send poor Peter Dutton a packet of Lemsip?

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MYRIAM ROBIN | POLITICS | 4 UNLOCK?

‘There is no strategy, no blueprint’: conviction could curtail Greste’s movements

What now for Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | POLITICS | 2 UNLOCK?

The coal, hard truth: Chinese steel is the canary in the mine

The rise of cleaner energy sources adds a structural element to the ongoing downturn in demand for coal.

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POLITICS | 1 UNLOCK?

‘Not journalists’: how Greste and Al Jazeera journos lost their retrial

Peter Greste’s Al Jazeera colleagues are still in Egyptian prison and will remain there for another three years, barring a presidential pardon, writes freelance journalist in Cairo Joel Gulhane.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Stem cell truthers silence the unbelievers

Multiple sclerosis sufferers are often willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get an unproven, unapproved treatment. But conspiracy theories are not the way to practise medicine.

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POLITICS | 12

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 | 3 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 | 16 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 | 3 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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