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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 8

From Diaz’s stop-the-boats plan to ‘shit happens’, pollies’ on-air gaffes

Following Clive Palmer’s dramatic 7.30 walk-out, Crikey intern Paul Millar finds eight recent moments in political on-air infamy.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Greens riding high in WA

Labor is comfortably ahead on a two-party preferred basis, and the latest Newspoll results show support for minor parties blossoming in Western Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 17 UNLOCK?

Coalition’s week of triumph ends in debacle and dismay

This week’s Senate debacle demonstrates the need for the Abbott government to dramatically lift its games — but can it?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 37 UNLOCK?

Palmer out-Abbotts Abbott to complicate carbon price repeal

Clive Palmer’s profound inconsistency resembles Tony Abbott’s opposition tactics — and it’s making life miserable for the government.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 59 UNLOCK?

Rundle: it is time to betray Australia

Australia has crossed a moral Rubicon in its treatment of asylum seekers by returning Sri Lankans to a country where they could be tortured or even killed. It is time to turn traitor.

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AUSTRALIA | 24

Don’t blame the Senate — or the crossbench — for Australia’s political malaise: Xenophon

The new crossbench shows Australians’ distaste with the two major parties, writes independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

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AUSTRALIA | 6

Peter Underwood’s legacy: challenging the Anzac myth

Tasmania’s governor, who has just died, was outspoken in calling for wars not to be glorified. He preferred a genuine focus on how to bring about peace. Here is one of his most controversial speeches, which is well worth reading.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 11 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: what authority does Australia have over the Sri Lankan boat?

More than 150 people remain on an Australian Customs boat after a last-minute injunction stopped them from being returned to Sri Lanka. Crikey intern Paul Millar explains where Australia’s sovereignty begins and ends.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Cormann lashes out but the FOFA pain may just be beginning

While the government rails at the industry superannuation sector, Labor is contemplating a second-best option when it comes to the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

Asylum seekers and the World Cup were the two biggest conversation drivers of the week.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 13 UNLOCK?

Rundle: a buzz of black and yellow as newbies take their seats

The Gillard government’s signature piece of policy, the carbon tax, has been quietly prepared for execution — as Clive upstaged his own senators.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

‘Perpetual-motion Palmer’ leaves government in turmoil

The Abbott government is in trouble. So does it wait for Clive Palmer to burn out, or the PUP to break up — or rethink its key messages?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 14

Essential: approval rises for asylum seeker policy

More than a third of Australians think the government is taking the right approach to asylum seekers, according to the latest Essential data. This is a record high — and 20% of Coalition voters still say asylum seeker policy is too soft.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Overseas carbon credit schemes: no brainer or disaster in the making?

Australia could buy cheap international carbon credits and dramatically slash our emissions by 19% for a bargain-basement price. But do the overseas schemes do what they say on the tin?

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AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: skiing pretty, or snow problems?

Will a hot autumn result in a long ski season? Do the phases of the moon result in better snow on the slopes? Meteorologist Magdalena Roze explains why you should always have your skis ready, just in case.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Brandis’ changing tune on national security reforms

In opposition, George Brandis called for national security reforms to be heavily vetted before being legislated. Now he’s legislating with no vetting of any kind.

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AUSTRALIA | 3

Sorry (yawn), boss, but there’s sport to watch

The World Cup, Wimbledon and soon the Commonwealth Games have Australian sport fans up at all hours. Are we losing anything apart from sleep? Freelance writer (and avid World Cup watcher) Hari Raj reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

It’s OK, we’ve already got a royal commission into super…

Actually, there is a royal commission underway into superannuation — except it’s part of the government’s anti-union witch-hunt.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | AUSTRALIA | 30

Brandis’ call to imams will win no Muslim hearts and minds

Militant extremist group ISIS has certainly been successful at one thing — it is terrifying Western governments and leaving Muslims in the West vulnerable and exposed.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

What’s the AEC got to hide?

Questions are being asked about the transparency of the Australian Electoral Commission, with the AEC refusing to open its vote-counting software to public scrutiny. Does the AEC have a reason to be so secretive?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Crikey list: most memorable books by politicians

Here are some of the best and worst books by Australian politicians in recent times. You be the judge on which one to demand at Christmas time …

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CATHY ALEXANDER | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Books by politicians: how to avoid the bargain bin

A flood of pollies have books coming out, from Julia Gillard to John Howard and Bob Day. We look at what makes for a good read in this tricky genre.

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AUSTRALIA | 21 UNLOCK?

Australia has probably broken the law, but it will get away scot-free

The Australian government’s lack of concern for international refugee conventions probably won’t come back to haunt them.

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AUSTRALIA | 7 UNLOCK?

Three major speeches offer contrasting economic approaches

Three major speeches from our key economic officials this week offer quite different takes on the task of economic management, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | AUSTRALIA | 23

Brown Studies: meet the appointee who wants to sell the ABC

If you thought Albrechtsen was the only ideological appointment to the ABC appointments panel, think again. Co-appointee Neil Brown, a QC and former Liberal Party deputy leader, reckons the ABC should be sold, or, failing that, hobbled so it doesn’t compete with the commercial media sector.

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