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Political turncoats: from Abbott to Sheikh, pollies who switched sides

Simon Sheikh was a Labor member before he became a Green — but there’s a long history of pollies switching sides. Crikey lists the MPs who flirted with others or just changed their minds.

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Parting shots: Liberal senators bid their political careers farewell

It’s that time of the six-year electoral Senate cycle again, where departing senators give their valedictory speeches outlining what they’ve accomplished and how their political dreams were crushed. Crikey documents the farewells.

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What is an expert witness?

Just a couple of weeks ago Senator Julian McGauran called for expert witness Professor Graham Burrows to be sacked from his job. In the process he raised a series of questions about the role of expert witnesses in the courts.

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Economy gathers pace: NAB … China’s lending down, foreign reserves up … the flood of red ink …

While lending in China takes a tumble, China’s President Hu Jintao met President Barack Obama overnight in Washington to discuss a few niggles … For Greece, the future looks grimmer than anyone thinks … Liberal Senator Julian McGauran paid a visit to earth yesterday.

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Senator McGuaran vs the Giant Space-Tarantulas from Pluto

Is Climate Change truly-ruly a thing? We may never know!

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McGauran: beware the teddy bears stalking the CSIRO

The more absurd elements of climate denialism normally hide out of public sight. But not Senator Julian McGauran.

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Can it ever be ethical to let women die?

So refusing an abortion should be a doctor’s right, even if that refusal may see a woman die? asks Leslie Cannold. Religious freedom is important, but it shouldn’t trump other human rights.

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Victorian abortion law: overriding the conscience of doctors

Victorian doctors who oppose abortion are legally obliged to be involved. The law doesn’t just legalise abortion, it silences dissent, writes Sinclair Davidson.

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Politics in the 24/7 media cycle: burning through talent

The Julian McGaurans of the world, rich dullards shoehorned into Parliament where they can’t do any damage to the family businesses, can always be relied on to act stupidly. Luckily the media cycle is there to catch it.

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McGauran puts downpayment on Senate seat

The Victorian Liberal Party might think twice about dumping Julian McGauran down to an unwinnable spot on their Senate ticket, writes Bernard Keane.

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