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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 10 UNLOCK?

‘Cheap’ fossil fuels will cost us billions

Like many up-front bargains, there are higher costs down the track associated with fossil fuels.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | AUSTRALIA | 9 UNLOCK?

From Peppa Pig to Lateline: what’s the strategy behind leaked ABC cuts?

Whether or not they’re intended as such, ABC program cuts put the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 41 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s (and Shorten’s) lies lead Australia to a sinister place

The government has based its extensions of national security powers, and its involvement in Iraq, on lies. And they will damage us like the previous Iraq war damaged us.

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AUSTRALIA | 7 UNLOCK?

By ignoring Muslim voices, Australia is losing the war on terror

Our government’s tendency to treat radicalised Muslims as somehow worse than radicalised Christians has squandered the trust of the Islamic community, writes lawyer, author and commentator Irfan Yusuf.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Why committing to the East West Link is a very bad idea

The public focus on what Labor might do if it were to win the election has deflected attention away from where the key responsibility lies: with the Napthine government.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Essential: voters back Iraq action — but think it will increase terrorism

Voters are backing the government’s decision to return to the Iraq War, but they believe it will make them less safe from terrorism, despite what the government says.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | AUSTRALIA | 13

The Liberal Alan Jones associate behind a ‘grassroots’ anti-bike lane campaign

A controversial plan to put bike lanes on Castlereagh St has found a reliable media opponent in the Save our Streets campaign, fronted by Jai Martinkovits. But is this really a grass-roots campaign?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Brandis concedes some ground on terror laws

The government has given some ground on anti-terror laws, in a move designed to head off criticism of some of the most draconian aspects of its current package.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 21 UNLOCK?

AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 31 UNLOCK?

Terror raids a media spectacle, but it’s war that puts us in danger

While we reap the consequences of returning to Iraq, it’s clearer than ever that the campaign against ISIL will struggle to be effective.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 11 UNLOCK?

Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA |

Poll Bludger: war is good business for the Greens

As Labor falls in line with the Coalition on Iraq, the Greens pick up support among doves.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 1

Video: uphill battle for independents in Morwell

Latrobe Valley residents felt abandoned in the wake of the Hazelwood mine fire. Now they’re taking their fight to be heard to the ballot box.

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AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Housing boom delivers a potential headache for the government

The government faces a growing problem around the booming property markets of Sydney and Melbourne while the Reserve Bank can see danger to the wider economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Fox guarding the hen house? State government revenues raise regulatory questions

State governments shouldn’t be in charge of regulating the industries whose duties and taxes prop up their budget.

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AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Can states wean themselves off gambling, mining and property revenue?

Crikey can exclusively reveal the proportion of state and territory government revenues that come from property, mining and gambling. Can they be relied on to properly regulate these industries?

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 44

‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Ken Henry urges a new, more compelling economic narrative

Australia needs to reframe its approach to economic policy, former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry urges, in one of the most insightful economic policy speeches of recent years.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Rundle: East West Link could go ahead, Labor or no Labor

The Victorian Labor Party has announced its opposition to the East West Link project in Melbourne. But that might not be enough to kill the road.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: war, politics and Kimye

War managed to trump celebrity gossip this week, but only just.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 6

Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 43 UNLOCK?

Iraq debacle complicates Johnston’s tenure at Russell Hill

The demise of inept defence minister David Johnston may no longer be so imminent given we’re now at war… or something.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Essential: Coalition struggles on the most basic issues

Voters believe the government isn’t performing well on the most important issues that shape electoral judgements, today’s Essential Report shows.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 5

Five years on from Black Saturday, Victoria drags its feet on bushfire protection

Although the state government has implemented most of the recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission, there is still important work to do, writes Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian.

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