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The lies our government is telling refugees about Cambodia

The Australian government has devised a “fact sheet” to tell refugees in Nauru what they could expect from life in Cambodia. But the fact sheet is full of lies.

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Isentia Index: Easter holiday sees politicians and media check out for chocolate

Pop stars, reviews and commissions all get Australians talking.

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Tips and rumours

The Small Business Minister is in the shadow of his higher-profile (and better-looking) colleague, but he doesn’t mind. Plus other whispers and innuendo …

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Confused? So is the government, and the rest of us

The confusion about the government’s fiscal policy isn’t new — it reflects its constant shifting on the budget over several years.

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What will be the consequences of Bali Nine pair’s execution?

What will the “consequences” be for Indonesia if it goes ahead with the planned execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan? Foreign policy experts weigh in.

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Tips and rumours

Morrison’s views on marriage … colleges still preying … contingency plans at Mad As Hell …

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Business bites: RBA takes a stand … Morrison re-brands … payments Snowball out of hand …

Newly minted Social Services Minister Scott Morrison left Immigration a total mess. And other business tidbits of the day.

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Abbott’s cavalier disdain for foreign policy will cost lives

Don’t believe everything you read — Tony Abbott’s not doing any better overseas than he is here.

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Would you want the Immigration Minister as your legal guardian?

The Minister for Immigration is not acceptable as the legal guardian of unaccompanied children asylum seekers, writes Jenni Whelan, co-director UNSW Human Rights Clinic.

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iSentia Index: PM survives spill while polls continue to dive

A huge week in state and federal politics kept Tony Abbott in the glare of the media spotlight.

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Reserve Bank downgrade makes choice of treasurer crucial

The Reserve Bank has downgraded its forecasts for the Australian economy, showing why it’s critical that a new treasurer be someone voters can trust, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Libs give us illusion of choice, but leave the same bad taste

Don’t fall for the label on the can — no matter who’s in charge, the Liberal Party’s unjust equations will hurt us all.

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Keane: the right time to dump Tony Abbott

Political debate is now focusing on the details of Abbott’s removal — who, how and most importantly, when.

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How did we get here? A Manus Island timeline

From Howard government brainwave to violence, self-harm and hunger strikes, Crikey intern Rochelle Brown reviews the troubled history of Manus Island.

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Manus disturbances a logical consequence of Labor-Liberal policy

The protests, self-harm and violence won’t stop on Manus Island - they’re a logical consequence of the way Australian policy has evolved.

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The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

Who spent the most on books and newspapers in Parliament House? Crikey reporter Myriam Robin and intern Mahalia Dobson investigate.

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Abbott reshuffles to ‘reset and refocus’

Tony Abbott has used the resignation of Arthur Sinodinos and the dumping of David Johnston to “reset and refocus” his beleaguered government.

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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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