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The year that was, in haiku

How to sum up “shirt-fronting”? Ebola? The disaster budget? Gough Whitlam? Crikey waxes poetic on the big events of 2014.

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Rundle: if Morrison rolls Abbott, the Greens could end up stronger than ever

The Labor Party seems fresh out of ideas. And the Greens are more than happy to eat Labor’s lunch.

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What it was like to be an asylum seeker in 2014

This year has been the most brutal on record for asylum seekers looking for protection in Australia. Crikey intern Diana Hodgetts finds a grim litany of human rights abuses, with more to come.

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Keane: reshuffle the key to a better 2015 for the Coalition

The government needs a ministerial overhaul to more effectively play to its strengths.

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No, Clive, asylum seeker bill won’t make it easier for the most vulnerable

Yes, the newly announced visas are prefereable to indefinite offshore detention. But they are turning humanitarian visas into skilled migrant visas, write refugee law experts Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy.

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Proving refugee status will be all but impossible under onerous new requirements

Don’t get too excited by the government’s changes to refugee law, says Joyce Chia, senior research associate at UNSW’s Centre for International Refugee Law.

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Crikey Clarifier: why did Scott Morrison cancel asylum seeker applications from Indonesia?

In an effort by the Abbott government to stop people “jumping the queue”, it has made the queue intolerable. Crikey intern Andrey Rodionov reports.

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Crikey Clarifier: just what do you have to do to get your visa cancelled?

Pick-up artist Julien Blanc was forced to flee to country after his visa was cancelled, but what do you have to do to make that happen. Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian explains.

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Australia seeks NGO blessing for Cambodia refugee deal, likely to include Manus

Australia now hopes to send refugees from Manus Island to Cambodia as well as those from Nauru.

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Deep in debt, can Nauru survive if Australia closes its detention centre?

Australia is set to give Nauru nearly $30 million in aid this financial year, but it won’t be enough to fix the island nation’s financial problems.

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Morrison seals refugees’ Cambodian fate — but for how many?

The Australian government will give Cambodia $40 million a year to take some of the refugees currently on Nauru. But will the deal involve five or 1000?

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Cambodia refugee deal costs soar, with moral price immeasurable

Scott Morrison’s new refugee deal with Cambodia has no cap on the number of people to be “resettled” in one of Asia’s poorest nations.

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Tips and rumours

RACV elections a done deal? … Harold Holt — we’ve found him! … Liberal candidate jumps the gun …

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Media briefs: Figments of Devine’s imagination … Stanley cops it … Mission accomplished …

It took a while, but Wendy Bacon has hit back at that Miranda Devine article. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Iraq debacle complicates Johnston’s tenure at Russell Hill

The demise of inept defence minister David Johnston may no longer be so imminent given we’re now at war… or something.

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Morrison fumes, Cambodia asylum seeker deal stalls

Australia’s plan to send refugees to Cambodia might not come to fruition, as the Cambodian government is dragging its feet.

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How army rankings translate to civilian middle management

Crikey readers have their say on terror threat levels, the real meaning of “moomba” and other issues of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Ministers’ defensive manouvres … Palmer’s Coolum competition … Leyonhjelm’s staff an interesting bunch

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Bureau of Regret: when spammers attack

Border Force and Team Australia couldn’t save Scott Morrison from a Twitter hacking over the weekend.

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iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

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iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

Asylum seekers and the World Cup were the two biggest conversation drivers of the week.

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iSentia index: with fancy footwork, Clive outshines them all

Clive Palmer certainly knows how to keep his name in the paper.

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iSentia index: Popes, PUP and that infamous wink

Budget woes were basically forgotten following the PM’s ABC Radio wink.

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Crikey says: Morrison needs to come clean on Manus

What ASIO knows about you. Morrison spins Manus violence report. Why we can’t blame misogyny for Santa Barbara massacre. SA’s Hamilton-Smith defects to Labor government. And a radical way to save the arts.

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Cornall report does no one — and not Morrison — any credit

The report into the death of Reza Barati is only a partial one, but it reflects poorly on Scott Morrison’s efforts to spin the tragedy.

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