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The declining power of the ethnic lobby — with one big exception

In the storm around proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, it’s clear ethnic lobby groups are not as powerful as they once were. Except one, writes Crikey intern Ania Dutka.

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Tips and rumours

Abbott’s guest list for China trip … Greens’ Tassie love triangle … Villawood detainees on the move …

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Government risks looking out of touch as it clumsily sells free speech

Labor believes it can hurt the government on racial discrimination and the government is making its job easier with its poor selling.

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Fracking is destructive, no matter how you try to spin it

Crikey readers share their thoughts on The Australian’s media stoush, fracking and other issues of the day.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: bigots, boats and bullies edition

It’s bigots, bigots, everywhere, and plenty of free speech. Plus: do teachers actually do any work?

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Racial Discrimination Act: Brandis moves to amend — not repeal — 18C

The government has unveiled its amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, removing the concept of offence but adding racial vilification for the first time.

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AGD returns to data retention, wants Twitter, Facebook interception powers

The Attorney-General’s Department, chastened by its previous experience, wants to consult again on data retention — but also has Twitter and Facebook in its sights.

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‘Bad odour’? Abbott’s literary awards delay sparks suspicions

The Abbott government is yet to announce who will judge this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, months after the reading usually begins. Some former judges are suspicious.

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When governments drape a flag over their secrets, we need whistleblowers

The Coalition government is the most secretive of the modern era — except when it’s in its interests to share information. In that environment, we need whistleblowers more than ever.

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The Coalition’s looming push for a well-ordered internet

The federal government appears to be preparing a major push against internet freedoms using the justifications of copyright and cyberbullying.

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Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech might be the high point of the year

Tony Abbott’s Closing the Gap speech was one of the best of recent times, but he will have nowhere to hide if results do not improve.

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Snowden a threat to Australian lives? Brandis refuses to show proof

George Brandis’ accusation that Edward Snowden has placed Australian lives at risk is the same unfounded accusation we’ve seen before from national security politicians desperate to avoid scrutiny.

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Why Tim Wilson is a good (if ironic) pick for the HRC

There’s no harm in Tim Wilson being appointed to the Human Rights Commission. And he may even prove valuable in the role, Crikey’s Canberra editor argues.

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Racial vilification first on George Brandis’ chopping block

What do George Brandis’ amendments to the Racial Vilification Code signal? Shipra Chordia and Andrew Lynch of the University of NSW Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law look at his agenda at Inside Story.

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Brandis’ staffing coup points to ‘national security focus’

George Brandis has secured the services of former ambassador and ASIO chief, Paul Sullivan, raising interesting questions about the new Attorney-General’s approach to national security.

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Tips and rumours

Job cuts at IBM? … La Trobe changes: stay tuned … PUP pipped by Brough in Fisher … Greens looking at themselves in mirror … spotted: George Brandis and Joe Hildebrand …

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Tips and rumours

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

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iSentia index: Joyce and Brandis draw fire, but Abbott on top

Tony Abbott still takes the lion’s share of media mentions, despite controversy among his MPs.

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Companies need to lift their game on tax

Crikey readers have their say on budget scaremongering and getting the NBN to regional Australia.

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Michael Smith: Brandis honest, legit over wedding night expenses

Ex-radio host Michael Smith has told Crikey that his friend George Brandis made an innocent mistake over his wedding-night expenses. It was a ‘work-related’ event, Smith maintains.

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Psychic concerns should spark government action

Crikey readers have their say on regulating psychics and Wayne Swan’s budget management.

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Tips and rumours

Abbott govt looks to poach from press gallery … Murdoch meets Will.i.am, preaches simplicity … PM&C likes The Onion

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UQ election called off amid bitter irregularity dispute

The University of Queensland’s student union was set to turn leftwards for the first time in years, but amid electoral regularities the vote has been declared null and void.

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Want funding for your arts project? Better live in Sydney or Melbourne

The new Australia Council board is dominated by members from Melbourne and Sydney, giving power to the complaint regional organisations get ignored when it comes to funding. Crikey examines the data.

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Running the ruler over a future Coalition ministry

With only 100 days to go until the election, we take a look at the men and women who’ll take on ministerial responsibilities if the Coalition wins. Who are the duds, who are the stars, and who is the has-been that never was?

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