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Rundle: c’mon everyone, let’s play Senate Bingo!

Will David Leyonhelm vote with the Greens on same-sex marriage? Will Ricky Muir back the Coalition on foreign policy? Play Crikey’s handy Senate Bingo game and find out!

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Rundle: the government’s Escherian spiral to nowhere

Are the adults really in charge? Not even the Coalition knows.

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Rundle: Tony Abbott, Australia’s most powerful sycophant

Many voted for Abbott because they believed him to be a hard-headed warrior, but the reality has turned out to be different to the myth.

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Rundle: Kevin Andrews, keeping company with those who ‘can raise the dead through prayer’

Why in the world is Kevin Andrews going to the World Congress of Families? Just how nuts do you have to be to not get a ministerial endorsement?

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Rundle: Tarzan narrative of whites v savages not going to work in Iraq

Amidst the deteriorating situation in Iraq, Crikey writer-at-large Guy Rundle says we should listen to what the Kurdish people want, and Sunni and Shia people too.

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Rundle: sorry, Nick Cater, your ‘individualistic’ Australia is nonsense

Nick Cater’s spin on the 18C debacle in yesterday’s Oz is the latest fascinating study in magical thinking from the Right.

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How journalists (except Guy Rundle) make a hash of science reporting

Crikey readers are full of praise for Guy Rundle.

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Rundle: Abetz and the sleazy switch from moral campaign to scientific irrationalism

Eric Abetz says there is a demonstrated link between abortion and breast cancer (he now says he didn’t, despite it airing on national television). Won’t anyone stand up for science anymore?

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Rundle: Team Australia would love to have free speech, but there’s a war on

You wouldn’t want to to underestimate what a defeat this 18c stuff up is for the Right, writes Guy Rundle.

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Rundle: why Libya was different

Increased hostilities in Libya have some wondering if Western powers should not have intervened. But Crikey’s writer-at-large believed then — and believes now — it was a good idea.

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On racist cartoons

Crikey readers have their say on racist cartoons, Eddie Obied and World War I.

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Rundle: ever returning the guns of August can’t give WWI meaning

On the 100th anniversary of World War One, the world revives a fundamental forgetting of what the war was — a failure to find a way to act out of humanity.

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Rundle: Victorian Greens optimistic, but rumblings beneath the surface

The Victorian Greens are polling well and hope to take out more than one seat at this year’s state poll. But where to concentrate finite resources?

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Media briefs: down and down at the Oz … ducking the issue … 1300 jobs lost …

The escalator of decline returns, and what was that about a duck? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Rundle: how job application scheme will kill the Coalition’s base

The government wants job-seekers to apply for 40 jobs every month. All well and good, but what about those businesses that have to process them all? Crikey’s writer-at-large crunches the numbers.

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Israel: beacon of democracy or jackbooted occupiers?

Crikey readers talk the thorny issue of Israel.

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Rundle: the tortured moral philosophy of offshore detention

Degrading the distinction between action and the consequences of non-action undermines all morality. Crikey’s writer-at-large parses the moral arguments for offshore detention and the current bombing of Gaza.

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Why we shouldn’t side with Palestinians

Crikey readers talk the Israel-Palestinian conflict, MH17 and Jacqui Lambie’s ideal man.

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Rundle: in MH17, the death of meaning from the meaninglessness of death

We in the West are no longer used to sudden or accidental death — and we have no idea how to deal with it.

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Rundle: like a Lambie to the slaughter as dick jokes uncover the Right’s elitism

Accusing Jacqui Lambie of sexism is unfair, and ignores the spectres of prejudice caused by class and gender.

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Making ‘justice’ a dirty word

Crikey readers have their say on MH17 and women in religion.

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Rundle: Cold Warriors rattling kalashnikovs can’t give MH17 meaning

MH17 was almost certainly not shot down by the Russian military in a deliberate act of war against any nation with a citizen on board. But tell that to the Right.

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Rundle: chasing Latika as the high priests get pissed

Crikey’s writer-at-large is in the corridors of power, drinking the right wine from the right fridge, as he tries to wrangle an invite to the hottest party in town …

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Rundle: inside the bloody red chamber as time disappears

The carbon tax was repealed at 11.14, but there’s still a long way to go for this sitting of Senate.

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Rundle: it is time to betray Australia

Australia has crossed a moral Rubicon in its treatment of asylum seekers by returning Sri Lankans to a country where they could be tortured or even killed. It is time to turn traitor.

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