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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Committee lashes out at lack of a key national security role

The powerful parliamentary intelligence committee has expressed its displeasure at the ongoing lack of a key security role within government.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 2

‘Pretty bleak’: Australia’s closed door puts pressure on Indonesia’s own refugee policies

Stopping the boats” hasn’t stopped the flow of refugees to Indonesia — but it has stranded them there without proper resources.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 69

Guess who’s back? Top 10 moments of Pauline Hanson

Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov compiles Hanson’s 10 most outrageous moments.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 37 UNLOCK?

Coalition’s mid-term blues deepen as Abbott looks back to McMahon

The government’s domestic woes deepened this week, and a focus on foreign policy won’t salvage its fortunes.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 6

Poll Bludger: Obama-Xi deal spoilt Abbott’s hoped-for G20 bounce

The Abbott government’s woeful polling numbers might not rebound in any significant way for quite some time.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Keane: govt hoisted by its own FOFA petard

The government’s half-smart decision to try to sneak its repeal of FOFA through parliament has ended up costing it dearly.

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AUSTRALIA | 6

The Australian media’s Sunni-Shia problem

SBS, Fairfax and the Daily Mail have all quoted “prominent Shiite spokesman” Jamal Daoud. Problem is, Daoud is a Sunni. Freelance journalist Serkan Ozturk reports.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Political ads don’t work — so why do our pollies still fork out for them?

There is a lot of research that shows doorknocking to be vastly more effective for political engagement than TV ads. So why do political campaigns still spend big on ineffective advertising?

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JASON WHITTAKER | AUSTRALIA | 9

Turnbull reveals the extent of ABC cuts

The Communications Minister confirmed the ABC budget will be slashed by $254 million over the next four years — or 2.6% of its $5.5 billion budget — while SBS will lose $25.2 million (1.7%) over the period.

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AUSTRALIA | 14 UNLOCK?

Mark Scott gets some gratuitous advice — from duds

The ABC isn’t short of gratuitous advice from its media rivals — despite the inept performance of the latter, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: why did Scott Morrison cancel asylum seeker applications from Indonesia?

In an effort by the Abbott government to stop people “jumping the queue”, it has made the queue intolerable. Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov reports.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: G20 a mixed bag for PM, despite Modi magic

G20 coverage dominated the media this week, with PUP troubles providing local relief.

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AUSTRALIA | 5

As we chuckle at the ‘cali-fatties’, real questions remain unanswered

Western young men travelling to the Middle East to become jihadis is a serious problem that demands serious coverage. But all the tabloids care about it is jelly belly jihadis. Irfan Yusuf, lawyer, author and commentator, reports.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Aboriginal well-being has improved, but the gap remains wide

Today’s report from the Productivity Commission shows indigenous Australians have improved their economic stability in the last 20 years, but there is still work to be done.

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AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Two-timing Xi Jinping’s year of living gregariously

Xi Jinping set Australian hearts (and wallets) aflutter with promises of free trade and whispered sweet nothings. But freelance journalist Hari Raj discovers Xi’s been saying that to all the countries.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: why Greens win federally, but struggle in Vic

The Greens are polling well in the lead up to the Victorian state election, but the party has always struggled to turn strong polling into lower house seats.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 30 UNLOCK?

Rundle: WA’s Aboriginal plan straight-up racism

Half of white rural Australia is a drain, but we overwhelmingly agree that we want it to persevere, because people live there, have made lives rich in tradition and memory there. The attack on Aboriginal Australia is about skin colour, plain and simple.

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The complicated politics of a French defence treaty

Australia and France have been quietly negotiating a defence treaty that will affect New Caledonia and French Polynesia. But the people that live there seem to have been lost in the negotiations, writes Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher on Pacific affairs.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 27 UNLOCK?

China FTA a win for the govt, but not the economy

A free trade agreement with China is unlikely to yield significant economic benefits, and we’d be better off simply liberalising our economy.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Putin on the koalas: how the world’s media reported the G20

From India to Canada, China to Russia, Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov scour’s the world’s media for their take on Brisbane’s G20.

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AUSTRALIA | 6

Labor-Greens contest turns nasty in People’s Republic of Northcote

Things are hotting up in the northern Melbourne seat of Northcote — and even a federal MP is getting involved. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Disastrous Japan GDP fails to follow G20 script

In a shock outcome, the Japanese economy has plunged into recession, casting doubt on the ambitious reform program of Shinzo Abe, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Essential: thumbs up for an FTA with China, though voters aren’t sure why

Voters back a free trade agreement but appear confused about who will benefit, this week’s Essential Report shows, while it seems partisanship affects how people view the asylum seeker issue.

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AUSTRALIA | 2

Cyclists wheel out a good preference deal, but Country Alliance left hanging

The how-to-vote cards are out, and while the Cyclists Party has done well, the Australian Country Alliance has been left flapping in the breeze. Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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