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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: WA Liberals prep for election 18 months early

Colin Barnett is clearly not the electoral asset he once was, and he faces a fresher and seemingly very popular opponent in Labor leader Mark McGowan.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Productivity Commission fails to deliver for WorkChoices fans

The Productivity Commission’s report on industrial relations has rejected many of the claims advanced by employer groups about the need for major IR reform.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Essential: strong backing for Labor’s renewables goal

Despite believing it will push up energy prices, voters strongly back Labor’s goal of 50% renewable energy, potentially neutering a looming Coalition scare campaign.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Libs want Turnbull, Labor want anyone but Bill: Essential

Malcolm Turnbull is still voters’ preference to lead the Liberal Party while Labor still strongly leads the Coalition in today’s Essential poll.

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BEN ELTHAM | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Senate submission reveals full impact of Brandis’ raid on OzCo

The Australia Council’s submission to a Senate Inquiry reveals the scale of duning changes imposed by George Brandis’ Excellence program.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 23 UNLOCK?

Rundle: so much for liberalism

The individual is paramount. Except when the individual screws up, in which case it is the system that is to blame.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 14

Bishop gone: Abbott finally bows to the inevitable

Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as Speaker, long after it became clear that her position was untenable.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 17 UNLOCK?

Abbott finally breaks cover — just a little

After several days of relative silence, Tony Abbott emerged today to deal with two issues that were dominating debate.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Could Robb have protected Australia from corporate lawsuits?

Other states have grappled with the issues around investor-state dispute settlement. Andrew Robb has failed to learn from them.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: meet Christine Milne’s replacement

Nick McKim has held a seat for the outer Hobart division of Franklin in the state’s lower house since 2002. But who is he, exactly?

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AUSTRALIA | 1

Infographic: refugee visas in Australia more lottery than queue

Just 0.5% of the world refugee population are offered resettlement, so it’s not really a matter of queuing, more hoping you number comes up. Infographic designer Jake Stevens demonstrates the problem.

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AUSTRALIA | 16 UNLOCK?

Are people who arrive by boat really queue jumpers?

If you are not supposed to come to Australia to seek asylum by boat, how are you meant to do it? Immigration solicitor Kerry Murphy explains.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Tabloid print and radio fly away with Bishop scandal

Bronwyn Bishop’s fondness for helicopters has won her an enormous amount of media coverage, particularly in the tabloid press and on talkback.

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JOSH TAYLOR | AUSTRALIA | 19 UNLOCK?

Bishop retreats to 2GB for the soft apology interview

Bronwyn Bishop has said sorry, but in the cosiest way possible.

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HELEN RAZER | AUSTRALIA | 7 UNLOCK?

Sharman Stone should be ashamed to call herself a Liberal

Quotas are not Liberal. End of story. You don’t get to buy a hate cake and cram your pie-hole with it, too.

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AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Peppa Pig won’t be sacrificed on the altar of free trade

SBS and the ABC will be exempt from certain provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Bernard Keane and Myriam Robin report.

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AUSTRALIA | 9

Liberal MP Judi Moylan: Howard succeeded because of women, now Abbott fails them

It is well past the time for a determined reform process that would extend the role of women in Parliament. But are quotas the answer? Former Liberal minister for women Judi Moylan explains.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 33 UNLOCK?

Rundle: AFL comrades, rally around Goodes — and go on strike!

AFL players must reimagine themselves as comrades, rather than commodified, alienated stars, to rally around Adam Goodes and eliminate football’s racist spectacle.

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JOSH TAYLOR | AUSTRALIA | 9 UNLOCK?

The Penny Wong guide to debating (and defeating) Cory Bernardi

Do your research. Speak calmly and rationally. And be ready to pounce on false statements.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Tired of terror: Abbott needs a new agenda, and quick

The government has lost control of the political agenda to Labor. But what can it shift the discussion to?

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JOSH TAYLOR | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Cyber report seeks to justify more national security overreach

Australian networks are vulnerable to hacking, says the government. But not to worry, there is a solution — more government intervention.

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AUSTRALIA | 14 UNLOCK?

Ricky Muir, the secret lefty revhead

When Ricky Muir came into the Senate, everyone expected him to vote with the Coalition, at least on national security. Boy, were they wrong. Crikey intern Aron Lewin and writer-at-large Guy Rundle explain.

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AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Isentia Index: all hands on deck as Labor hosts national conference

It was all about the ALP national conference and BBish’s travel entitlements.

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AUSTRALIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Would the ALP’s ‘Buffett tax’ put an end to tax-rorting millionaires?

Some 55 millionaires paid no tax at all in 2012-13, and they claimed an average of $700 in benefits. Economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy says that doesn’t necessarily mean they are rorters, but the chances are pretty good …

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 40 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

ISDS benefits only corporations, and governments lose out even when they win, the evidence shows.

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