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Defence-heavy spy committee needs to demand answers

The parliamentary committee tasked with overseeing sensitive intelligence agencies has finally been picked. It’s heavy on Defence and DFAT types, so will it do its job properly?

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Rundle mythbusts the campaign that was (part two)

We all know why Labor lost: Kevin Rudd, the narcissist, undermined Julia Gillard at every step and then exploded because of the chaos of the campaign. The only problem with that narrative is none of it is true. Let’s look at the facts …

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iSentia index: it’s all about the Liberals now

The iSentia media coverage list looks about as it will for the next three years — Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Bill Shorten are likely to lead the list most weeks, with a smattering of Liberal ministers filling it out.

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A day out in Denison, where a familiar face counts for plenty

A day out on the campaign trail in Andrew Wilkie’s seat of Denison shows the power of personal connection — and pork-barrelling. Crikey hits the road with Wilkie and ALP candidate Jane Austin in Hobart.

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Denison: this is one seat the major parties might not win

It’s de rigueur to hate independents in this federal election campaign — but Andrew Wilkie is on track to hold his Tasmanian seat, probably with the help of Liberal preferences. What happens next?

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Tips and rumours

Are there cuts coming at the Productivity Commission? … Kim Williams’ post-News life … turning back money

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Poll Bludger’s seat of the week: can Wilkie hold Denison?

Andrew Wilkie’s snaring of the Hobart seat of Denison was the biggest surprise of the last election. His challenge to keep it during the next one will make for a complicated contest, writes William Bowe.

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Outsourcing the public interest won’t fix flawed media reform

The government’s deal to save its public interest test — give a panel of “eminent persons” the right to make decisions — won’t fix the basic problems of protecting media diversity.

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Media reform: how the House crossbenchers will vote

Bandt, Slipper, Windsor, Katter, Oakeshott, Thomson, Crook: they all stand in the way of Stephen Conroy’s media reforms. So how will they vote? Crikey intern Carrington Clarke asked them.

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Sentia Media index: Greens are nowhere to be seen

Andrew Wilkie shot up the rankings in a week dominated by superstorm Sandy, the US presidential elections and an Australian horse race, writes Sentia Media’s John Chalmers.

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Revealed: who the govt spoke with on data retention plans

The appearance of the Attorney-General’s Department at an inquiry into national security reforms has revealed some disturbing insights into its proposal to retain internet data.

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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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So Peter Slipper slides out — was it all worth it?

Peter Slipper’s departure from the speaker’s chair enables an assessment of exactly what Labor got from him and what price it paid. So was it all worth it?

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Shield laws on trial in Peter Slipper case

The Peter Slipper case today will be the first test of the shield laws since their introduction.

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Wilkie gets bang for his buck

Andrew Wilkie might not have got his way with poker machines but he is following in the grand tradition of Brian Harradine in winning for his state a few hundred million dollars here and another couple of hundred there.

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AFL admission: turns out pokies are a bad look

The AFL has announced overnight that it wants to help its clubs wean themselves off poker machines, writes Charles Livingstone, of Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

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Matters for judgment for Labor MPs

Labor has increased the chances of an early election with its poor judgment over Andrew Wilkie.

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Mayne: Wilkie and Gillard should put the band back together

Julia Gillard’s calculated decision last December to trade her allegiance with Andrew Wilkie for a sordid pact with Peter Slipper is arguably the biggest mistake she has made as Prime Minister.

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Wilkie casts doubt on FOFA reforms

The fate of major pro-consumer reforms to the financial planning industry is uncertain, with independents swayed by a major grassroots lobbying campaign.

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Misogyny isn’t why Gillard is in trouble

Is criticism of Julia Gillard’s performance as prime minister sexist, as Bob Brown suggests? Is the current bout of leadership rumbling reflective of the febrile, misogynist minds of male media commentators?

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Wilkie the winner out of pokies debate coverage

So impressive how all the political commentators have realised that when Julia Gillard talks about not having the numbers in the Parliament to pass Andrew Wilkie’s pokies reforms, she means her own numbers, not the crossbench.

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You do the Wilkie Pokie and you turn around

Crikey readers have their say.

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Big compo for ALP’s pokie clubs, but industry declares no conflict

When Slippery Pete Slipper replaced Harry Jenkins as speaker in December, the most oft-heard observation was that it gave the PM some wiggle room to break her written agreement with Andrew Wilkie.

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Gillard duds Wilkie, and what’s left of her own credibility

In breaching her commitment to Andrew Wilkie, Julia Gillard has made it even less likely voters will trust her again.

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Wilkie’s pokies bet goes bust; Thomson enters fold

Crikey media wrap: Julia Gillard announced Andrew Wilkie’s proposed mandatory pre-commitment scheme was a loss on the weekend after it failed to get enough crossbench support. Meanwhile, embattled MP Craig Thomson has entered the pokies debate.

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