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Tips and rumours

Hush, there’s a Senate election coming … ordinary mortals banned from parliament pool … problems at The Saturday Paper?

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Tips and rumours

Is a union boss in hot water? … Should AAP be watching its back … and some more wonderful uni acronyms

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An outsider writes: what federal Parliament is really like (weird)

Crikey reporter Margot Saville was sent to Canberra to cover Parliament. She found Parliament House baffling and weird, and was suspected of being a security threat. This is what it’s really like, by an outsider.

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Security breaches, confusion leave Parliament open to hackers

Our parliamentarians may be protected from spying by the NSA. But no one’s too sure after yesterday.

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Order in the House: is your MP working hard for the money?

Bond University journalism students have mined the data to find out our hardest-working federal MPs — and which ones just phone it in. Bond journalism lecturer Caroline Graham says some of the results are surprising.

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Canberra insider: my day in the bunker with a troubled PM

Former Labor state minister Mary Delahunty has spent the past feverish week following Julia Gillard through the maze of Canberrra’s Parliament House. She explains how yesterday’s leadership madness unfolded.

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Parliament House media rules: satire in, Photoshop out

New Parliament House media guidelines have been released. It’s a win for satirists (the Chaser guys are happy), but not for Photoshop fans in newspaper newsrooms.

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Hacks attack in battle for press gallery supremacy

The female future of the Canberra press gallery committee was hanging by a chad this morning as a bitter man-heavy battle for four general committee positions shifted into overdrive.

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SydWalker | LINKS|

Parliament House filter blocks all .info sites

After being told by an MP that the Parliament House computers wouldn’t let them view his blog, Syd Walker started asking questions about which sites are blocked for parliamentarians.

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We’re not in Canberra
anymore

Local politics is not so much on hold as locked down for the visit of Barack Obama. Cue media gushing.

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The press gallery

Crikey readers have their say.

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Some words of wisdom from a retiring President

At question time in the House of Representatives yesterday there was something of a novelty.

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Does anybody in Canberra really know anything?

Getting close to a subject in political science often makes things darker and harder to see and journalists in the press gallery are no exception, writes Noel Turnbull.

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How I brought down the Parliament House website

Last week’s Operation Titstorm attacks by online activist group “Anonymous” brought down the Parliament House website for three days. One cyber hacker tells Crikey just how easy it was to do.

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Youth still to be seen but not heard

Joshua Smith explains how much youth “consultation” is really occurring in Parliament, thanks to his experiences at last week’s body image launch. Were students being used as a nice crowd backdrop for the media, rather than listening to any of their ideas?

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Canberra: sure it’s boring, but it’s also beautiful

Sure Canberra’s boring if you’re under 30, and it has no beaches and the coffee’s poor, but it has the mountains and it’s beautiful and the epitome of the great place to bring up kids.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Inside the inner Rudd sanctum

The design of the parliamentary office of PM Kevin Rudd’s inner circle says much about the power factions of the Rudd government. Mark Davis examines who sits where.

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House Rules | FEDERAL|

Parliament House or animal house?

The conduct of Federal Parliament recently has descended from chaos into outright farce, says Christian Kerr. Both sides know they’re behaving badly, but will either fall back into line?

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Baby in the chamber: the ugly anti-family face of parliament

Our Parliamentary standards are still stuck in a Victorian era of old white male legislators, writes Bernard Keane.

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Anti-family attitudes are embedded in our parliament

Do we want mothers of young children (and hopefully fathers with child care responsibilities) to be MPs or not? asks Senator Sue Boyce.

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Stay at home, Senator, and raise your children

I don’t think that the primary care-givers of children should be parliamentarians, writes Helen Razer.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

How to kill five hours at Parliament House

There’s nothing quite like watching senators discuss Serious Government Business while licking the ice-cream drips off a white chocolate Magnum. Crikey’s intrepid writer writes from the House.

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On first looking into Parliament’s home

Straight up from Sydney on the red-eye you would want something a bit more eye-catching to arrive at, for a nation’s capital .

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The Australian | JOURNALISM|

Budget takes Australian journalists hostage

Question, why do we have to go all the way to Canberra to be locked up in a room with the budget when most of it is already leaked by the time we get there?? Hey Wayne? Hey?

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One sleep til Budget!

Bernard Keane has a look around the Press Gallery on the eve of the Budget. WARNING: may induce motion sickness

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