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AUSTRALIA | 10 UNLOCK?

Victorian Education Department needs a $853 million maths lesson

The Victorian Education Department has misplaced $853 million. Meanwhile, it can’t fund small schools like The Jon Carnegie School in Kew. Dr Jon Carnegie reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 20 UNLOCK?

Ruddock reveals our death-penalty inconsistency

Australia notionally opposes the death penalty, but when it comes to the war on terror, we don’t bat an eyelid about extrajudicial killing.

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AUSTRALIA | 1

So you wanna be a ministerial staffer …

Former federal Labor staffer Aaron Hill peeks behind the bureaucratic curtain to reveal just what ministerial staff actually do all day.

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AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Hey John Madigan, this is the test you should be worried about for sex-selective abortion

John Madigan’s private member’s bill to limit sex-selective abortion is woefully out of date, writes Caroline de Costa, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at James Cook University College of Medicine.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Fair’s fair — another bad report for the public health lobby

A key nanny state lobby group’s own polling continues to undermine its own hysterical narrative on alcohol.

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AUSTRALIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Don’t be afraid of the vampire squid

How worried should we be about a credit rating downgrade? Not much, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 20 UNLOCK?

Abbott was always going to struggle to save Chan and Sukumaran

Australia’s poor relationship with Indonesia significantly reduced whatever chance Tony Abbott had of saving Chan and Sukumaran.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 12

Tears, anger and diplomatic posturing: how the day unfolded for Australia

Australia is withdrawing its ambassador to Indonesia in response to the Indonesian government carrying out the death sentences of two Australian citizens.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 23 UNLOCK?

Blaming an Arab: Julie Bishop’s guide to the War on Terror

In Julie Bishop’s version of the War on Terror, Islamic State was caused by the Arab Spring and has nothing to do with western intervention in the Middle East.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: little faith in the Coalition’s fiscal courage

Voters don’t have much faith the government has a plan to return to surplus — though they’re in no hurry, Essential Report finds.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 29 UNLOCK?

PBS: time for high-income earners to pay more

Reforming the PBS should involve high-income earners paying more for medicines — but there are significant implementation issues.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 30 UNLOCK?

Rundle: on Anzac Day in Dublin and a cause worth dying for

The Easter Rising was worth becoming a martyr for, but Anzac Day collapses under the weight of its own meaninglessness.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 7 UNLOCK?

Has the tax discussion taken us further away from reform?

With most sensible options ruled out, we’ve gone backwards on tax reform, not forwards.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 23 UNLOCK?

Rundle: the guns of August, the landing at Gallipoli, and the complicated reasoning of WW I

World War I was the confluence of a huge number of factors, and Gallipoli was just one tiny part of a dramatic world shift that continues to this day.

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GILES PARKINSON | AUSTRALIA | 11

Abbott blows his carbon budget in first Direct Action auction

With a quarter of its money spent in the first round, has the government’s carbon policy failed straight out of the gate?

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MARGOT SAVILLE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

‘The Nats are a waste of space’: Windsor opens up about life in politics

Tony Windsor told a rapt audience at Gleebooks about the problem with the current government, what he thinks of The Australian and who Tony Abbott’s parents might be.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 20 UNLOCK?

Senate reform and the outsourcing of democracy

Calls for an overhaul of Senate voting to prevent the election of microparties contradict the growing disillusionment with the professionalisation of politics

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | AUSTRALIA | 14 UNLOCK?

Would legalising euthanasia diminish the rights of people with disabilities?

Disability activist Stella Young fought hard against legalising euthanasia, finding it to be an ablist concept that dismisses the experience of those with disabilities. Does a new Greens initiative for death with dignity undermine Young’s campaign?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Inflation on target, but will the Reserve Bank hold fire?

Yesterday’s inflation data gives the go-ahead to cut interest rates, but will the RBA wait for the budget, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane ask.

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CHRIS SEAGE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

No more ‘brick walls’: tax complaints outsourced to watchdog

Tax complaints will no longer go to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, instead being handled by the Inspector-General of Taxation. And that is great news for taxpayers.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 13 UNLOCK?

Labor leaves Coalition isolated on super tax handouts

The government looks flat-flooted as sentiment turns against generous superannuation tax concessions to the wealthy.

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Skull? Scol? Skal? What do we say when a PM drinks a beer?

Abbott’s ale action gives us a taste of our booze history, writes Lochlan Morrissey, theoretical linguist and PhD student at Griffith University

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AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

No news is good news for incumbent on ABC and SBS contracts

While big savings are expected from the renegotiation of transmission contracts by the ABC and SBS, there’s been no tender process for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Bernard Keane and Myriam Robin write.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Isentia index: Barnett still unhappy about GST while East-West Link fails to rise again

Broken political promises at state and federal levels got people taking this week.

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AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Stevens finally opens up on the fiscal front

Glenn Stevens has made clear he wants more help from the budget in improving Australia’s tepid economic growth, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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