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They did but see them pass them by, but not much love before they die

Wills and Kate (and baby Prince George) are in Sydney to meet their loyal subjects. But our enterprising royal correspondent found loyal subjects were rather thin on the ground.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Wills, Kate will never be royals — but they can be celebs

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Sydney, and they will no doubt be on their blandest, most boringly dutiful behaviour. But that’s not due to the dignity of their titles — it’s in opposition.

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A caravan for Kate? Budget tips for the royals’ trip Down Under

Will and Kate’s trip to Australia will cost the government millions. Crikey provides suggestions on how the royals can slash costs … but can Kate pitch a tent?

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Are Wills and Kate worth it?

Crikey readers talk the upcoming visit from Prince William and Princess Shinyhair, plus why we should process our own refugees.

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Royal rates: what you’ll pay for Will and Kate’s Aussie adventure

Will, Kate and royal celebri-baby George will visit Australia next month. Did you know that Aussie taxpayers are going to pay the full cost of the trip?

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Media briefs: TV in doldrums … republican fact-check … Bolt’s indigenous …

Hey, Australian commercial TV networks aren’t doing so badly after all, right? Wrong. Plus other media tidbits.

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Media briefs: boats explained … royal babymania … psychic property …

Australian mags are getting in on the excitement over the imminent arrival of the royal baby. But do you really need to knit Wills and Kate and bub?

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On joyless FM, the joke is on all of us

Commercial radio breeds the sort of contempt for privacy and decency seen in the royal prank case. But you still have to defend it in the face of legal challenge.

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Rate cut unlikely in October

The usual suspects are on the “Reserve Bank to cut official interest rates” bandwagon again but the market overall is not so sure.

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Sentia Media index: Abbott’s past haunts press

Monday’s polls drove much political coverage this week, confirming Labor is climbing back into contention as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott struggles to convince voters he’s a viable prime minister.

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Kate scandalette all nork and no action? Think again …

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was last seen being borne through the streets of Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, in a vehicle decked out to look like a ceremonial canoe.

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Will Bauer rein in ACP’s at-times cowgirl approach?

Are we about to get a highly principled magazine publisher and owner in the German group, Bauer, which is about to take control of ACP Magazines?

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Fairfax’s ‘fair’ offer … Addy crazy eyes … a Bully beat-up …

In today’s Media Briefs: the eyes have it for Adelaide Advertiser … Beat-up of the Week? … Vox Pop of the Day … Front Page of the Day … Print sales heading down but paid digital sales rising … and more …

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Dumbing down your fault … Middleton phones hacked

Walkley Award-winning inquisitor and A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw has, to her credit, stood up for dumbing down early-evening television. Plus other media news of the day.

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Slate | EUROPE|

Hitchens: Dear Kate, if you really love William, run for the hills

Many of us,” writes Christopher Hitchens, “don’t want or need another sacrificial lamb to water the dried bones and veins of a dessicated system.” Hitchens presents sage advice for Kate Middleton: don’t join the royal family.

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Der Spiegel | LINKS|

Purebred breeder presents a pup for the rich and famous

A German breeder of fine dogs and grower of luxury lemons has presented Prince William and Kate Middleton a wedding gift: a purebred Bolonka puppy. RRP: US$1370.

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Fool Britannia: palace throws in the tea towel on Wills-Kate wedding

Buckingham Palace authorities have refused to endorse any tea towels commemorating Prince William’s forthcoming marriage to Kate Middleton.

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Rundle’s Euro Bites: where there’s a Will, there’s a day (off)

Funny how we all have to work hard, increase productivity, etc, except when an ancient monarchical ritual is involved, at which point everything dissolves like a mad May fair.

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Pobjie: Republicanism, like suicide and Peter Garrett, solves nothing

The personal lives of the Queen’s grandchildren belong to us all: in a way, today we are all engaged to Kate Middleton, writes Ben Pobjie.

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The Daily Beast | EUROPE|

Don’t be jealous of Middleton: being a royal is way over-rated

Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton will undoubtedly bring out the green-eyed monster from woman around the world. But being a royal actually isn’t much fun, writes Andrew Roberts.

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Getting the balance right in royal reporting

Republicans think most people — a clear majority — in Australia have moved on from the 1950s and that the correct line for us to take is to be respectful and honest — not disingenuously claim we are overcome with excitement about upcoming royal wedding, writes the Australian Republican Movement’s David Donovan.

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

A special Royal Engagement edition of Leigh Josey’s Morning Media Mauling

Did you hear? Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married! As a proud member of the Commonwealth, Leigh Josey believes we should do everything in our power to be embarrassingly sycophantic in the rush to praise our Royal overlords. And it appears Australia’s newspapers agree…

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From Di’s dead hand, a ring for commoners everywhere

Warning — this report contains flash photography” was how every news bulletin began tonight, as the engagement of Prince William and Kate — now Katherine — Middleton was announced. That was something of an understatement, reports Guy Rundle from London.

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The Australian | PRINT|

Why even Women’s Weekly readers don’t give a rats about Will

Prince Will seems nice and everything, says Helen McCabe, editor-in-chief of the Women’s Weekly, but he is far too bland and balding to get the attention of Aussie readers. If only Waitie Katie was here too!

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