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Can Gerard Henderson judge PM’s Literary Awards fairly?

Gerard Henderson is a well-documented ideological warrior — can he put politics aside to judge the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards? Chris Feik, publisher of Black Inc, and Morry Schwartz, director of Schwartz Media, are suggesting a way to keep the judging process transparent.

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The stunning success of school chaplain programs — but that was then

Crikey readers talk school chaplains, the new Tories running the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and law schools online.

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Tips and rumours

Ministers snub business types at fundraiser … Kevin Andrews’ doppelganger … literary judges shafted …

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Tory takeover of Abbott’s $600,000 literary prize

Conservative commentators and a former Liberal MP have been picked to judge the country’s richest literary awards. And not everyone’s happy with it.

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Tips and rumours

WA cuts renewables? … Ian Plimer’s religious links … missing: PM’s Literary Awards …

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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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Allen & Unwin the big winner in 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

The recipients of the fifth annual Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced, reports Beth Blanchard, with publisher Allen & Unwin emerging as the big winner.

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Miles Franklin Award: Alex Miller puts in the boot

Are there too many literary awards in Australia, and is our oldest one “slipping away”?, asks Angela Meyer. Perhaps we need to look to the UK Booker Prize for a good model and comparison.

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The sad story of the Miles Franklin award

The Miles Franklin shortlist was announced today and shortlisted author Alex Miller let rip at the slipping profile of the award, slamming “Rudd the dud” and his PM Literary Awards for taking the spotlight off the prize.

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The Australian | BOOKS|

Nam Le: Stuff Facebook, read a real book

Nam Le’s The Boat has scooped this years PM Literary Award for best fiction. In his witty acceptance speech, Le says that social media, TV and film can never engage a community like literature can.

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