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Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

The anti-surveillance document we signed with Indonesia may be obsolete in a matter of months — so what’s the point of it?

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Pyne’s bizarre free speech rhetoric a dog whistle to the IPA

Free speech on university campuses is crucial — but only if said free speech aligns with the government’s rhetoric.

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BEN SANDILANDS | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Qantas v Virgin: the kick-and-gouge, cut-throat brawl

Qantas isn’t the only airline in financial strife, as Virgin Australia releases its latest financial results.

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GILES PARKINSON | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

How the coal industry hoodwinked us all into higher electricity prices

The dirty coal industry has won a victory over renewables with the recommendations of the RET review panel to neuter the target. The losers will be consumers — and the earth.

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AUSTRALIA | 2

Broadband is just a toy for bored geeks, right?

The Coalition’s independent NBN modelling appears to be based on spurious (and sometimes laughable) assumptions about the way Australians use the internet, now and in the future, writes board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia Colin Jacobs.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: a tale of two state Liberal governments

It is the best of times (for Mike Baird), it is the worst of times (for Denis Napthine). How is it that the NSW government is able to maintain the goodwill of voters, while its Victorian counterpart languishes?

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

Tony Abbott hoped he’d be able to beguile the oddball crossbenchers in the Senate, but revelations about Ricky Muir’s unionist past could prove a sticking point.

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AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Geoff Shaw and the curious case of suspended sentences

Will Geoff Shaw be able to resume his seat, and will his apology to Parliament pass muster? Tony Lupton, former Labor member of Victorian Parliament, explains.

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BEN SANDILANDS | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Shareholders or passengers? Steep losses pose tough questions for the future of Qantas

Qantas international has suffered serious financial setbacks, despite earlier assurances to the contrary. The domestic arm isn’t looking too flash either.

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STILGHERRIAN | AUSTRALIA | 23 UNLOCK?

Govt modelling says NBN is just fine — as long as you don’t want to use the internet much

The government’s estimations of the download speeds we’ll need in the future are laughable — and alarming.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

The murky world of Tinkler’s Maules Creek approval revealed

More corruption and skulduggery has emerged in ICAC hearings, with Nathan Tinkler involved in much of it.

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AUSTRALIA | 21 UNLOCK?

‘It’s very dire’: ABC budget cuts shaping up to be far worse than expected

Cuts to the ABC budget first flagged in May are shaping up to be far larger than expected, with insiders describing the situation as “very dire”.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 19

Retracing our steps on the march into Iraq

The parallels between the current path to intervention in Iraq and Syria and the Iraq War 11 years ago are uncanny and discomfitting.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: NSW Libs can’t stop the rot as ICAC claims another soul

The NSW Liberals are hemorrhaging MPs in the wake of ICAC investigations. The latest victim is Londonderry MP Bart Bassett, whose recent history shows branch-stacking and factional squabbles aren’t just for Labor.

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AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

The leak that saved the RET, good for jobs and energy prices

Reneging on the RET wouldn’t just cost jobs, it would actually increase electricity prices as well, writes executive director of The Australia Institute Richard Denniss.

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AUSTRALIA | 19

The greatest threat to unis comes from their own leadership

University vice-chancellors have singularly failed to live up to the ideals of social justice and equity they so frequently profess, writes Nick Riemer, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a member of the NTEU Sydney University branch committee.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 6 UNLOCK?

The foreign copyright cartel goes gunning for Aussie ISPs

The copyright cartel’s local front wants to impose a draconian anti-piracy scheme on local ISPs, a paper obtained by Crikey reveals.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Keating conjures a nude Bob Hawke, political midgets at book launch

An opportunistic Paul Keating has used the launch of former Labor cabinet minister Gareth Evans’ new memoir to further his public attack on Bob Hawke’s prime ministership.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Time to codify, not just extend, national security powers

If our security agencies always act within the law, codification of their extensive surveillance powers shouldn’t be a threat to them.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA |

Macquarie Uni takes students to court over $600,000 in union money

A curious legal stoush reignites the debate around voluntary student unionism as Macquarie Uni litigates against one of its own student organisations in a bid to retrieve $600,000.

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AUSTRALIA | 19

Infographic: politicians and their properties

Our politicians have pretty impressive property portfolios, according to parliamentary documents.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

iSentia index: the Miley, Clive and Abbott show

The twerk team assembled this week, as media focus turned back home after weeks of foreign news.

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BEN SANDILANDS | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

In-flight mobiles will be annoying — but not dangerous

Plane Talker Ben Sandilands confesses all about the new rules allowing gate-to-gate use of small electronic devices on Qantas and Virgin flights.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Who can access your metadata?

A huge array of agencies can obtain your metadata — but the recent spike in access requests is largely thanks to a handful of police forces.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 16

Essential: Liberals the ‘upper class’ party? And Costello best treasurer

Australia is a class-riddled society, today’s Essential Report shows, but few people claim to be upper class, despite believing the Liberal Party supports that group most.

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