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Packer’s fortunes tumble as China doubles down on crooks and high-rollers

James Packer’s Macau casino and his future business prospects in the Asia Pacific have taken a hit, likely due to the Chinese government’s wide-reaching anti-corruption campaign. Whatever his next move, Packer will need to speak softly …

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Crown prosecutor dismisses Catholic cover-up as ICAC ‘witchhunt’ begins

Celebrated prosecutor Margaret Cunneen’s crusade against child sex offenders could come to an end as ICAC demands explanations to allegations she perverted the course of justice.

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China takes baby steps towards reforming its legal system

China is not going to revolutionise its legal system and become a Western-style free democracy. But President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption program suggests some change is afoot.

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Iron ore miners, beware: China is not going to keep buying our resources

China’s economy is slowing, and its housing market is in the toilet. While Treasury forecasts suggest everything is fine, underneath the surface the cracks are beginning to show.

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China’s anti-corruption campaign could hurt Aussie unis

The most important meeting of China’s Communist Party will begin today. On the agenda is a possible overhaul of China’s legal system — but its anti-corruption campaign has already begun to take its toll.

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Sex addict neurosurgeon bought cocaine from brothel, leaked docs show

Former neurosurgeon Suresh Nair, who was found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a prostitute in his apartment, bought drugs from a brothel in Sydney, new documents reveal.

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China proves its anti-corruption cojones

No one could doubt Chinese President Xi Jinping’s commitment to finding and eradicating corruption within the Communist Party after a prominent party member has been thrown under the bus.

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Can we talk our way into reducing emissions?

Crikey readers talk corruption, changing our habits to fight climate change, and what can be done about the Labor Party.

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Big promises but little reform in increasingly violent China

Xi Jinping, the most powerful person in China, has promised to crack down on corruption and institute real economic reform. Unfortunately, the reality on the ground shows neither is happening.

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Anti-corruption party gains ground as Indian elections loom

The chief minister of Delhi has resigned, probably to contest the national poll. But is India ready to vote in a brand-new party and take a hard line on corruption? Freelance journalist Alys Francis reports from New Delhi.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Tony Abbott continues his worldwide quest to get pictures with women to prove they don’t hate him.

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Essential: pollie entitlements — and which is the most corrupt industry?

Voters think backbenchers are overpaid and don’t deserve many of their entitlements, but think they’re less corrupt than politicians elsewhere, today’s Essential Report shows.

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No exemptions: bribes are bribes, from Murdoch to African miners

Corruption kills, slows development and undermines governments. Yet mining companies demand the right to keep bribing, write Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Is Macca’s supersizing our cops? Fast food perks for law officers

McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme entice cops and emergency services staff through the door with free or discounted fast food. Could these perks lead to corruption, and should they be banned?

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Protests, corruption and poutine in sans-serif Montreal

Montreal is the place modernism came to die, the last city that really believed in it. It’s also a place where social democratic ideas, left behind elsewhere, live on.

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Ghost of NSW government past may haunt Gillard

State politics may prove a boon for Julia Gillard — look at Queensland’s troubled Coalition crew. But how much will the ghost of NSW Labor haunt Gillard, as ICAC continues?

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The News International-police hybrid: a monster is revealed

New evidence has emerged from the Leveson inquiry that demonstrates the remarkable extent of News International’s involvement with the UK government.

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Corruption in Indonesia a case of here comes the bribe

It’s no surprise that Indonesia is awash with corruption. What is surprising is the lack of anger at this state of affairs among ordinary Indonesians, writes Stuart Ranfurlie, a freelance journalist in Jakarta.

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WikiLeaks update: Corruption in Tunisia, an “Arab force” and the party of the decade

As Julian Assange fronted court in London this morning and the media storm continue to circle around the enigmatic whistleblower, his WikiLeaks website continued its drip feed of secret cables sent from US embassies around the world. Today, more than 100 extra cables were published. Here is a summary of the best of them.

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The Brumby Dump: new racing commission probing misconduct

In its first eight months of operation, the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner has launched investigations into two separate complaints about misconduct in the Victorian racing industry, writes Swinburne University journalism student Lauren McShanag.

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Foreign Policy | LINKS|

Corruption, scandals and the best president Liberia’s ever had

Thanks to President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — known as the Iron Lady — it seemed like the former African basket case was finally stable. But corruption has crept back into politics. Has the Iron Lady gone a bit rusty?

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The Daily Beast | ECONOMY|

PHOTO GALLERY: The most corrupt US industries

Wall St may get the headlines, but it isn’t the most corrupt industry (well, okay, it did come second). Daily Beast put together the list with a global anti-corruption think tank, putting the media as more corrupt than mining.

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Carl Williams broke the criminal code — that’s why he’s dead

Putting Carl Williams on the front page of the Herald Sun outraged at “benefits” he was receiving was a mind-blowingly stupid idea and it was no surprise he was killed on the same day, writes Lionel Elmore.

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Did the Herald Sun kill Carl Williams?

In the filthy waters of the state of Victoria, the media will have to move carefully indeed to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. Take the case of Carl Williams.

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Salon | UNITED STATES|

RIP John Murta: an unethical, corrupt pork-barreler

A look back on the life of the longest serving member of the US house John Murtha shows a politician “corrupt in a completely, traditionally American way”, writes Jenn Kepka.

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