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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL |

Brains behind data retention scheme awarded for ‘exceptional quality’ work

You know the mandatory data retention laws that infringe on civil liberties and have telcos in a flap? AGD thinks it all went swimmingly.

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FEDERAL | 13 UNLOCK?

CSIRO abandoning climate science nothing short of tragic

The proposed shift in focus of climate scientists at the CSIRO is nothing short of tragic, writes CEO of The Climate Institute, John Connor.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 9 UNLOCK?

Did Australia pay off people smugglers? Amnesty calls for royal commission

Australian officials are accused of paying off people smugglers, which they will neither confirm nor deny.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 46

Govt has mangled its moral calculus on asylum seekers

By adopting an unnecessarily punitive policy of detention, the government has created a self-perpetuating problem of what to do with the victims of “offshore processing”.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

‘Nauru is hell on Earth’: kids beg not to be sent back

Children who have spent time in Nauru are deeply traumatised and should not be returned, the Human Rights Commission says.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | UNLOCK?

Asylum seeker test case seeking immunity for 15 witnesses

A test case will challenge the healthcare received by asylum seekers on Christmas Island, but without immunity anyone who testifies could be liable for prosecution themselves.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Does construction need a watchdog with security agency powers?

The evidence justifying the draconian powers of the proposed re-established Australian Building and Construction Commission is thin on the ground, despite the government’s claims.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Should MPs be able to hire their spouses on the taxpayer’s dime?

Ian Macdonald says MPs should be able to hire their spouses as staffers.

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FEDERAL | 9 UNLOCK?

ASIO laws go too far in gagging journos, watchdog finds

Remember when The Australian mocked journalists for saying ASIO’s new national security laws went too far?

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GILES PARKINSON | FEDERAL | 6

Was the renewable energy industry better off under Abbott?

At least under Tony Abbott the renewable sector knew where it stood. But what is going under Turnbull?

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 16

Hundreds of asylum seekers set to return to Nauru after High Court sides with govt

Asylum seekers had challenged the constitutionality of offshore immigration detention, but the High Court says the Nauru camps are perfectly legal.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Why we’re groping in the dark on political donations

The state of our political disclosure regime means that we’re only getting part of the picture on who is trying to influence our political parties.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Mayne: six juicy snippets from political donations data

There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Ian Macdonald and the strange case of the imaginary mistress

Parliamentary rules introduced to prevent nepotism among MPs have riled Senator Ian Macdonald.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Miners vanish from donor lists as commodity prices bite

As commodity prices have collapsed, mining companies have vanished from the list of political donors — but the finance sector continues to pump money into political parties.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Flying blind: ex-pollies’ travel entitlements up in the air

Are ex-pollies still allowed to jet around Australia on the public teat?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Mayne: stars aligning for campaign finance reforms, but media will be key

If the media get on the political donations reform bandwagon, it will hard for Turnbull and Shorten to twiddle their thumbs.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Court to test way around Border Force Act

Lawyers are trying to circumvent the government’s Border Force Act.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Mayne: top 10 political donations of all time

As “donation day” approaches, Stephen Mayne reveals his 10 favourite tales about election campaign finance.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

Gonski reforms are vital to our ‘agile’ future

Maintaining Gonski reform school funding beyond 2017 is crucial to improving our educational performance. It’s easy economic reform, but necessary.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Is the Coalition pork barrelling in rural electorates?

A major telecommunications infrastructure scheme overwhelming favours Coalition electorates.

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JOSH TAYLOR | FEDERAL | 27 UNLOCK?

Abbott to speak at US homophobic ‘freedom’ group

The Alliance Defending Freedom argues that homosexuality should be illegal. And guess who their new bestie is?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Govt to store a trove of highly personal data, putting you at risk

The ABS has rejected advice from a decade ago not to keep names and addresses from its national census, creating a data trove that future governments may find too tempting.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Essential: support for greater Syria role plummets

Support for a greater role in Syria and Iraq for Australia’s military has crashed according to this week’s Essential Report, with a third of voters wanting us to reduce our role.

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FEDERAL | 8

Goodbye, Clive Palmer, goodbye

Clive Palmer has never been lost for words. So here’s some of the many he’s found during his time in Canberra.

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