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BEN ELTHAM | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Major arts companies throw little guys under the bus after Brandis’ shake-up

In the wake of Arts Minister George Brandis’ audacious shake-up of arts funding, the cultural sector is on the brink of civil war.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Have the Greens changed course on Israel?

An “unfortunate miscommunication” during an interview with a Jewish media outlet had many wondering whether Richard Di Natale was shifting the Greens to a party platform less sympathetic to Palestine.

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AUSTRALIA | 21 UNLOCK?

Wednesday’s GDP figures could spell the end of Hockey

Next Wednesday’s GDP numbers could be a disaster for Joe Hockey, with negative growth a distinct possibility, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: how the pink vote changes politics

Lesbian couples appear to drive significant increases in the Labor and Greens vote, but gay men are not uniformly left-wing.

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HELEN RAZER | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

The tampon tax is a convenient distraction. Period.

The real fight is not about whether the GST should apply to feminine hygiene products. The real fight is about whether the GST should exist at all.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 17 UNLOCK?

What’s the point of surveillance when you ignore a terrorist?

Man Haron Monis had been identified as a threat. So why was he not under surveillance?

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AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Collapsing investment means business confidence needs a boost, pronto

Business investment and construction data suggests the economy is at real risk of stalling as the mining investment boom comes to a halt, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 7 UNLOCK?

Finding and combating radicalisation: a study in confusion

In this, the second of a two-part series on radicalisation, Bernard Keane explains that spotting radicalisation, a task now being handed to teachers, is harder than governments make out.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Twiggy shakes trees in China, looking for an olive branch

It’s unlikely the Chinese will buy a major stake in Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group, but that’s not to say they won’t enter into the iron ore fray to FMG’s advantage …

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Blustering Brandis makes a mockery of IGIS’ vaunted ‘independence’

After another estimates debacle, Vivienne Thom leaves the role of Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security with its reputation badly damaged.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Jake Lynch ‘relieved’ to be cleared of serious misconduct

Jake Lynch has been cleared of charges of anti-Semitism for his actions during an anti-Israel protest at Sydney University.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 20 UNLOCK?

Everything you thought you knew about jihadi radicalisation is wrong

Hard evidence suggests our ideas about the process of “radicalisation” of extremist Muslims are deeply flawed.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | AUSTRALIA | 11 UNLOCK?

Asylum seeker whistleblowers muzzled by harsh penalties, metadata access

Last week the Senate passed an “uncontroversial” bill to merge two agencies. But as a result Immigration whistleblowers face harsh new penalties, and the metadata legislation makes things even worse.

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ALEX MITCHELL | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Culpam poena premit comes: will the police watchdog be put down?

New South Wales wants to axe the Police Integrity Commission. It says it is because its roles are often fulfilled by ICAC — but is it really because the body is too effective?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 19 UNLOCK?

Brandis pushed aside in counter-terrorism confusion

The counter-terrorism changes announced yesterday sidelined George Brandis and his Department, while the government is getting on with plans to strip Australians of their citizenship.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | AUSTRALIA | 18 UNLOCK?

Domestic violence is an act of terrorism

Some murders are not just an act of private anger, but are intended to send an explicit message to a far broader audience. We call those murders terrorism, except when the victims are women and children.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA |

Is it faster to drive, or take the train?

Policymakers should look at these numbers. Journeys made by car in Sydney are much faster than journeys made by train; they’re a long way from being substitutes for each other.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Carpark capers as parliamentary price signals take effect

Paid parking has caused a parking mini-crisis in Parliament House, but no one seems to have much clue what to do about it.

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AUSTRALIA | 12

Abbott says Japanese subs ‘best in the world’; Defence disagrees

SA Senator Nick Xenophon says Japan’s Soryu submarine will likely win the government defence contract, but they may not live up to Abbott’s hype, writes InDaily journalist Tom Richardson.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters want to end double dipping, welcome US military

Voters back the government’s move to end access to employer-funded and taxpayer-funded parental leave, and want a greater focus on renewables, which they see as good for the economy, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Honeymoon’s over for Qld Labor as polls return startlingly different results

Are the voters of Queensland happy with the new Queensland government? It’s very hard to say.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA |

Archaic abortion laws out of step with community attitudes

Abortion laws have failed to keep up with medical science. It’s time to effect long-overdue change to abortion laws in NSW and Queensland, write Heather Douglas and Caroline de Costa.

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ALEX MITCHELL | AUSTRALIA | 16 UNLOCK?

NSW taxpayers shell out $80m for three Nationals seats

A year ago the NSW government decided to act tough on CSG company Metgasco in order to save Nationals seats at the state election. It didn’t go so well.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 9 UNLOCK?

Who leaked to Laurie: will the govt hunt down Oakes’ informant?

A leak of Foreign Investment Review Board applications is a serious breach of confidentiality, but strangely the government appears in no rush to track down the leak.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 16 UNLOCK?

Report shows how Abbott can become the real infrastructure PM

Infrastructure Australia says the biggest gap in the country is on road pricing. There’s only one way to fix it - for politicians to be brave.

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