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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 19

Rundle: the tortured moral philosophy of offshore detention

Degrading the distinction between action and the consequences of non-action undermines all morality. Crikey’s writer-at-large parses the moral arguments for offshore detention and the current bombing of Gaza.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

A Pyrrhic victory for miners as Moylan gets suspended sentence

Jonathan Moylan deserved the sentence he got — do the crime, do the time. But the bigger lie is the one spread by the coal industry — that we can continue to rely on fossil fuels.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

The government’s key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.

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AUSTRALIA | 9 UNLOCK?

Courier-Mail v Tony Fitzgerald: Murdoch tab lays down gauntlet

Former royal commissioner Tony Fitzgerald has criticsed Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and The Courier-Mail’s pro-LNP bias and has been lambasted for his trouble, writes freelance journalist Alex Mitchell.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | AUSTRALIA | 11 UNLOCK?

No, chef! Rise up against restaurant tyranny

When did the tables turn in fine dining? And how can you get a decent meal at a decent time with a decent number of courses without ingesting “fish milk”?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 19 UNLOCK?

Government flags copyright crackdown to overturn iiNet decision

The government wants to make it easier for the copyright industry to sue ISPs and force them to censor the internet, according to a draft paper about to be circulated.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Will anyone miss Nielsen polling?

As the last ever Nielsen poll is published, the Coalition may be hoping for too much if they’re expecting an opinion poll bounce in the wake of Abbott’s handling of MH17.

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AusAID loses ’900 years of experience’ as mandarins walk

The dissolution of AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs has driven scores of senior professionals out of the sector, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

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AUSTRALIA | 7

Evolve or die: Australian Army envisions the future of warfare

Images of soldiers fused with bionic limbs and cybernetic upgrades seem absurd, but a new report says the future could hold a type of war made unrecognisable by technological change, writes Crikey intern Paul Millar.

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AUSTRALIA | 16

Can the AFP really help in Ukraine?

Abbott wants to send the cops into war-torn Ukraine. Is this a wise move? Andrew Goldsmith, strategic professor of criminology and Grant Niemann, senior lecturer in law, explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 19 UNLOCK?

Invented budget ‘crisis’ hides incoherence and inconsistency

The “budget crisis” created by the Senate is an invention: the government has walked away from billions in additional revenue itself.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 19 UNLOCK?

Rundle: in MH17, the death of meaning from the meaninglessness of death

We in the West are no longer used to sudden or accidental death — and we have no idea how to deal with it.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Labor takes a hard look at its union dominance

Senator John Faulkner’s proposed reform for state conference to surrender upper house voting power to the party membership does not look promising.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 38 UNLOCK?

Rundle: like a Lambie to the slaughter as dick jokes uncover the Right’s elitism

Accusing Jacqui Lambie of sexism is unfair, and ignores the spectres of prejudice caused by class and gender.

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BEN SANDILANDS | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: what happens now with MH17?

What is happening with MH17’s data flight recorders? What country has jurisdiction over the site? And is there a cover-up going on? Crikey’s aviation reporter takes us through the story so far …

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 21 UNLOCK?

A sober reflection on the so-called ‘alcohol epidemic’

The latest hard evidence shows that Australians are drinking significantly less, despite relentless claims of an “alcohol epidemic” from the public health lobby.

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AUSTRALIA | 42

Why crying wolf on anti-Semitism harms us all

The pro-Israel lobby is quick to use the term “anti-Semitism” where it is not warranted. But there really are people who hate Jews and by overusing the term we reduce its power, writes Larry Stillman from the executive of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 7 UNLOCK?

Why you should care about FoFA, even if you have no money to manage

The government’s Future of Financial Advice reforms are law (just about). But what do they actually mean? And if you don’t have a financial adviser, why should you care? Crikey’s business editor breaks it down.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: MH17 disaster brings foreign affairs into sharp focus

A busy week in news — from MH17 to a certain PUP senator’s requirements for a partner.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Female workplace participation thrown out with parental leave bathwater

The Productivity Commission wants a more efficient and effective childcare system, but doesn’t hold out much hope it will spur participation.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 26 UNLOCK?

Essential: MH17 diplomacy sparks turnaround for the Coalition

Latest Essential poll shows first substantial Coalition gain since the politically disastrous budget, while women remain disengaged with super.

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AUSTRALIA | 57 UNLOCK?

Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?

Tony Abbott has claimed that before he “stopped the boats”, they were coming in at a rate of 50,000 a year. Is that true? David Tittensor, a research fellow to the UNESCO Chair, with Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, checks the claim.

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BEN SANDILANDS | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

MH17: decency and respect needed for victims — but it may be too late

There are procedures in place to honour those who have died in and ensure a fair and proper investigation. But so far, the Russian-backed separatists have not shown much willingness to abide by them.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 27

Hunt pins hopes on uncompetitive clean coal technology

Analysis of cost forecasts for clean coal technology suggests it is uncompetitive compared to renewables.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 35 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Cold Warriors rattling kalashnikovs can’t give MH17 meaning

MH17 was almost certainly not shot down by the Russian military in a deliberate act of war against any nation with a citizen on board. But tell that to the Right.

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