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BEN ELTHAM | FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 15 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 | FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 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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FEDERAL | 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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FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 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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FEDERAL | 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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FEDERAL | 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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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 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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FEDERAL | 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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FEDERAL | 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 | FEDERAL | 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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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Essential: just go, Bronwyn, just go

Many voters, including Liberal voters, want Bronwyn Bishop gone from politics altogether. And few people are buying the government’s efforts to link a carbon price and higher electricity prices, Essential Report shows.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 27

Rundle: Labor signs on for efficient bastardy in an unsatisfying pageant

The Labor conference is all for show, of course. These decisions have been made long ago, behind closed doors.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Inside the gay marriage debate: Shorten sets Joe de Bruyn’s expiration date

The Labor Party has finally committed to a binding vote on same-sex marriage. Eventually.

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Church lets loose at its least favourite Abbott

The Jesuit head of the Asia-Pacific region has slammed Tony Abbott’s refugee policy, and the big man himself has taken a position very contrary to Abbott’s on the environment.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: should Labo(u)r act with its head or its heart?

Labor is losing votes to the Greens with its boat turnback policy. But isn’t it better to lose the left, whose preferences will flow back to Labor anyway, than to the Liberals?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 17 UNLOCK?

Will Shorten’s high-risk ploy achieve a remarkable recovery?

With his leadership weakened, Bill Shorten has made two high-risk plays ahead of Labor’s national conference.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Day the muzak died: even Shorten gets a rock star welcome at ALP conference

Bill Shorten invoked Gough Whitlam to gee up the party faithful.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 11 UNLOCK?

Tilting at windmills: counter-terrorism strategy ignores reality

The new counter-terrorism strategy ignores the hard reality of what causes radicalisation, in favour of a neoconservative straw man.

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