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Public servants: escaping the budget axe — a work-in-progress

Bureaucratic deck chairs have been shuffled, some tossed overboard, but in the main the good ship HMAS Australia has come through relatively unscathed, writes The Mandarin publisher Tom Burton.

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CRIKEY INTERN | ACT |

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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ACT |

They do, at least for a week: your invite to Australia’s first gay marriages

Gay couples in the ACT are nervously awaiting a decision on whether their historic new unions will stand. Farz Edraki attended some of the country’s first same-sex weddings for Crikey.

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BERNARD KEANE | ACT |

The war on whistleblowers — it’s come to Australia

The tactics of the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers and journalists have now been openly deployed in Australia. The Coalition government is on the attack.

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BERNARD KEANE | ACT |

How high-speed rail could destroy your suburb

Protecting the corridor of a high-speed rail network that will never be built will inflict significant damage on outer suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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ACT |

How the ACT gay marriage law is designed to fail

The ACT gay marriage act is in deliberate breach of the constitution and is designed only to embarrass the Prime Minister, writes gay rights activist and former Democrats leader Brian Greig.

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ACT |

Canberra: dream city or nightmare?

Canberra: a great place to live, or akin to being embalmed alive in a dull, overly planned city of public servants? We asked our readers to decide, and the verdict was clear. Read the winners in our Crikey comp here …

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BERNARD KEANE | ACT |

Essential: same-sex marriage opposition falls

Opposition to same-sex marriage is fading, and Tony Abbott’s approval is picking up, today’s Essential Report finds.

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ACT |

The looming legal battle over ACT gay marriage

It looks like the ACT will pass same-sex marriage laws, and the feds will try to knock them down in the High Court. ANU constitutional law lecturer Ryan Goss looks at the legal aspects of the looming stoush.

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ACT |

The trick question that may stall ACT gay marriage laws

The ACT wants to legalise gay marriage but there’s a bevvy of legal challenges the bill could face. David Donaldson lists the obstacles … and finds the big problem could be divorce, not marriage.

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Crikey Blogs | ACT |

Seat of the week: Labor likely to hold on to Canberra

Labor lost its grip on the electorate covering the south of the national capital amid the wreckage of the Whitlam and Keating governments, but few people suggest it will go that way again this year, writes William Bowe.

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BERNARD KEANE | ACT |

State polls with ‘federal implications’? Time to kill the myth

The idea that there are “federal implications” of state elections doesn’t hold up under examination. But that doesn’t mean the Gillard government will hold on in this year’s federal election.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ACT |

And then there were none: ACT Lib moderate faces the chop

Local ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja has launched a raid on the seat of sitting Senator Gary Humphries, pitching conservative against moderate and annoying some at the federal level.

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Crikey Blogs | ACT |

Poll Bludger’s Seat of the Week: Oxley, Pauline Hanson’s old turf

Despite unfavourable redistributions and a statewide swing in 2010, Bill Hayden’s old seat has returned to safe Labor hands since the famous interruption of Pauline Hanson. It is William Bowe’s seat of the week.

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Crikey Blogs | ACT |

Swing to women in ACT election shines a dim light in the tunnel of equality

The recent ACT election saw an unexpected swing towards women, though the overall number of women in the Legislative Assembly is declining, writes Glen Fuller.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ACT |

The paper, the poll and the almighty ACT stuff-up

Ahead of the ACT election, The Canberra Times called it as an easy Labor victory based on its “exclusive poll”. The poll was way out. So what went wrong?

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BERNARD KEANE | ACT |

Wilkie tires of waiting on whistleblower laws

Andrew Wilkie’s move to introduce a whistleblowing bill prompted some action from a government hitherto content to ignore the issue — but legislative action may fall off the “to do” list again.

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Some comfort for Labor, Greens in big polling weekend

Election results in Sydney, Melbourne and the ACT point to moderately good news for Labor — and the Greens will take some comfort from their inner-city results. Is the anti-incumbency vibe waning?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ACT |

Bad blood sees Labor well-placed to win the ACT

The ACT has voted and political types are biting their nails as counting continues — but a Labor-Green government is the most likely outcome, due to fractious relations between Greens and Liberals.

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WILLIAM BOWE | ACT |

Poll Bludger: what Labor, Libs can take from ACT election

Leaving national implications aside, the major parties can both take heart from the gains made at the expense of the Greens in Saturday’s ACT election.

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Crikey Blogs | ACT |

Podcast: democracy sausages, the tally room and ACT election analysis

Student journalists Jacqui Garrity and Jelisa Apps, after gobbling down a couple of snags, analyse the ACT election result and the state of negotiations between the three parties.

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ACT ELECTION | ACT |

Breaking the syringe economy: prison union fights ACT plan

A national-first prison needle exchange proposed for the ACT has sparked debate ahead of the territory’s election on Saturday. Reporter Ben Westcott examines the proposal.

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Crikey Blogs | ACT |

The active future of public transport

Student journalists Jacqui Garrity and Jelisa Apps examine active transport policies in the lead up to the ACT election.

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Crikey Blogs | ACT |

Next stop: light rail?

It may seem like a case of déjà vu, but ACT voters can be forgiven for thinking they have heard it all before when it comes to bringing light rail to Canberra, reports student journalist Alexandria Caughey Hutt.

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