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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 25

Abbott reshuffles to “reset and refocus”

Tony Abbott has used the resignation of Arthur Sinodinos and the dumping of David Johnston to “reset and refocus” his beleaguered government.

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The top 10 elections of 2014

It was a big year in elections internationally, with six of the G20 members holding electoral contests during 2014. Herewith, the most exciting for the year.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 41 UNLOCK?

Rundle: sigh, Leyonhjelm a right-wing gun nut after all

Australia is itself proof that tightening gun control laws prevents gun massacres. So why does David Leyonhjelm think that the Sydney cafe siege could have been prevented if more civilians carried guns?

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 16 UNLOCK?

Pressure builds for independent inquiry into siege

Talk of a reshuffle won’t allay community concerns about the handling of Man Monis and the Sydney siege. And the pressure for a judicial inquiry is growing.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 38 UNLOCK?

Keane’s year in review: the gap between reason and democracy, and how we fell in

There’s a gap between rational policy and what we get in a democracy. And this year the gap grew so wide we all fell in.

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PAUL MILLAR | POLITICS | 16

The 2014 Crikeys: Arsehat, Person of the Year and Sexiest Pollies are …

Hey, girl! Did Malcolm Turnbull hang onto his Sexiest Male Pollie Crown? And who is Crikey’s Person of the Year 2014?

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 5 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: it ain’t over yet for Abbott

Previous governments have recovered from polls as bad as Abbott’s.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 27 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Monis was a criminal. The Tele made him a terrorist.

The Australian tabloids gave a lone gunman exactly what he wanted — the association with Islamic State.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

What’s the point of a tax debate when the miners run tax policy?

The government is entering a tax debate looking like the pawn of multinational mining companies. It is a dangerous position to be in.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

Siege inquiry needs greater independence and more focus

The inquiry into the Sydney siege needs a tighter focus on what went wrong at a Commonwealth level and in the interaction between state and federal security agencies, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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PAUL MILLAR | POLITICS | 4

The year that was, in haiku

How to sum up “shirt-fronting”? Ebola? The disaster budget? Gough Whitlam? Crikey waxes poetic on the big events of 2014.

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HELEN RAZER | POLITICS | 21 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: you can’t co-opt siege victims for your cause

We as humans are tempted to see patterns everywhere, where there are none. But our rational brains must overcome that instinct — and don’t publish the first thing that comes to mind in a moment of blind panic.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 11

Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

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IRFAN YUSUF | POLITICS | 14 UNLOCK?

Pakistani school massacre reminds us why we can’t blame Islam for terrorism

At funerals for the dead students kill Pakistan, mourners will recite the same words uttered by the terrorists. And yet some would have us believe Islam has something to answer for.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 39 UNLOCK?

PM’s rebuke focuses attention on siege intelligence failure

As the Prime Minister publicly questions the AFP and ASIO’s monitoring of Man Monis, an inquiry is now underway into a possible intelligence failure.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 9 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Bush v Clinton mark II and the death of democracy

Anyone can be president of the United States, so long as they come from one of two political dynasties …

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | 12 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: what happens when the ‘wrong’ candidate wins

A complicated loophole in vote-counting legislation has awarded a seat to Labor that should have gone to the Country Alliance in Victoria.

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PATRICK BAUME | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: Tony Abbott reaches Rudd-like levels of media coverage in 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dominated media coverage this year, with his mention numbers nearly eclipsing Kevin Rudd’s at the heigh of his popularity.

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PAUL MILLAR | POLITICS | 7

The 2014 Crikeys: Sexiest Politician

Will Malcolm Turnbull be Crikey’s Sexiest Politician five years running? Or will Greens hero’s Scott Ludlam’s hair finally get the recognition it deserves? Vote for Crikey’s sexiest male and sexiest female politicians!

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PAUL MILLAR | POLITICS | 9

The 2014 Crikeys: Person of the Year

From Rosie Batty to Peter Greste, many people have inspired us this year. Vote for your Crikey Person of the Year 2014.

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Trauma in the Kimberley: what life is like in remote indigenous communities

Policies are made in Canberra with the best of intentions, but in remote Western Australia, the outcome is very different to what politicians imagined. East Kimberley Homelessness Project co-ordinator Rachelle Irving details life on the ground.

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GUY RUNDLE | POLITICS | 4

Rundle: why it is important Aboriginal Australians identify collectively

Now is not the time to emphasise difference among Aboriginal communities.

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WILLIAM BOWE | POLITICS | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Andrews faces a daunting challenge in Vic upper house

With the excitement of an election win behind him, incoming Victorian premier Daniel Andrews must get to work on managing the makeup of his parliament.

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BERNARD KEANE | POLITICS | 53 UNLOCK?

Keane: the day the Australian media lost its credibility

Yesterday’s events in Sydney showed the media, for the most part, isn’t up to the task of calm, well-informed coverage of terrorism events.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | POLITICS | 4

Terror in a social media age

The Australian media acted with considerable restraint during the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. But future terrorists and hostage takers will not need professional journalists to get their demands and agendas out.

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