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AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Three-way manjam in the fight for Prahran

Liberal backbencher Clem Newton-Brown is well-liked and seen as effective in the seat of Prahran. So why do Labor and the Greens think they can take it from him? Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 17 UNLOCK?

Turnbull outshines ‘em all in Gough tributes, and is Bishop heir to Abbott’s throne?

The death of Gough Whitlam enabled some comparisons to a giant of Australian politics. Some measured up better than others.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Yanks could draft legislation for Australian Parliament under TPP

Even if the Trans Pacific Partnership is finalised, the US government will insist on dictating to other countries how it should be interpreted — and even changing it if it suits Congress.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: voters spoilt for choice in NSW byelections

Looming byelections in the NSW seats of Newcastle and Charlestown will be an all-in (except for the Libs, of course) multi-party splash.

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AUSTRALIA | 25 UNLOCK?

‘Unmitigated disaster’? We fact-check News Corp’s Whitlam haters

News Corp columnists have been tripping over themselves to slam Gough Whitlam’s economic legacy. But economist Tom Westland says in their haste they have overlooked quite a few salient details.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Embarrassed government to change course on Ebola?

The government is expected to reverse its opposition to sending personnel to west Africa to fight Ebola after being embarrassed domestically and internationally on the issue.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 11

Fairer share of mining profits still part of Whitlam’s unfinished business

Fairly and effectively taxing the mining industry has been the Labor party’s white whale for decades.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

ASIC flatlines at estimates as the regulator looks to relaunch

Despite efforts to declare a new era of aggressive financial planning regulation, ASIC still struggles with the basics with a diminishing budget.

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AUSTRALIA | 41 UNLOCK?

‘Suck it up, comrades’: young Whitlam would have been a Green today

Sorry Labor, the Greens are the modern-day heirs to Gough Whitlam’s legacy, writes NSW Greens convenor Hall Greenland.

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HELEN RAZER | AUSTRALIA | 26 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: baby, you weren’t born this way

The real problem with Mia Freedman’s statement on The Project was not that she mentioned homosexuality and paedophilia in the same sentence. The real problem is she said homosexuality was an innate characteristic, which it is not.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Mayne: naming and shaming Victoria’s most secretive councils

Tomorrow, the City of Melbourne will introduce a proposal that would encourage all Victorian councils to produce publicly accessible audio recordings of all their meetings.

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AUSTRALIA | 19

Pyne’s curriculum review should have learnt from history

Christopher Pyne’s education review was rushed, partisan and now seemingly doomed. Adjunct professor Tony Taylor at the University of Technology Sydney says it didn’t have to be this way.

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AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Victorian fringe candidates fight for their right to micro-paaaaaaarty

The 2013 federal election had some very strange results, with micro-parties benefiting from byzantine preference deals. Crikey’s Victorian election reporter Dan Moss asks: is Victoria in for motoring enthusiasts and smart meter haters?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Movin’ to the country: Napthine’s rural strategy

Most pundits and pollies discount rural seats, but country Victoria could be the crucial difference Denis Napthine’s Coalition government needs to retain power.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 9 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: would a modern-day Gough solve voters’ malaise?

Australia needs a practically minded leader with a sensitivity to bread-and-butter issues — if only our parties had the ingenuity to produce them.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 36 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Gough crashed through and crashed — and he made Australia what it will ever be

The conservative fantasy of an entirely free market will never come to pass in Australia — and we can thank Gough Whitlam for that.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 2

From Medicare to the dismissal: Whitlam’s five most memorable moments

Gough Whitlam changed the Labor Party — and Australia. Crikey intern Tom Heath takes a look at the most memorable moments.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 6 UNLOCK?

Gough: where modern politics started

Gough Whitlam wasn’t merely a giant figure in Labor: he was a key politician in the transition to contemporary politics.

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AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

John Menadue: farewell to Gough Whitlam

John Menadue, private secretary to Gough Whitlam 1960-67, remembers the achievements of one of the brightest lights in Australian public life.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters happy with government’s Ebola response

Voters back the government’s unwillingness to send personnel to respond to Ebola in west Africa, but aren’t happy about the economy and the Coalition’s recent momentum has faded.

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AUSTRALIA | 10

Why George Brandis wants to throw me in jail

I travelled to Iraq to see the effects of the war being waged in my name. But under the Foreign Fighters Bill, I could be prosecuted and jailed — and I would have no defence, writes freelance journalist Dan Moss.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 2 UNLOCK?

Video: Greens target ALP over data retention

Mandatory data retention is set to be included in the next round of security legislation — and the Greens will be fighting it every step of the way.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 10

The 30-year history of trying (and failing) to make ABC cuts

Successive governments have let the ABC adapt to its environment rather than take on the difficult task of discussing what public broadcasting should mean.

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ALEX MITCHELL | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Is Barry O’Farrell eyeing Canberra?

NSW is undergoing a changing of the guard as numerous state MPs bow out. But former premier Barry O’Farrell might not be staying out of politics for long.

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