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Tips and rumours: Ruminations on an SBS/ABC merger

We haven’t heard the last of merging SBS and the ABC. In two weeks, Mark Scott will front the National Press Club in what will probably be his final big speech before he steps down in May. The topic is likely to come up. One issue that complicates any discussion of a merger is what to do […]

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Let apartment dwellers make up their own damn minds whether their units are too small

Residents can work out for themselves if their apartment is big enough, light enough, or has enough storage. Where they really need help from government is with problems coming from outside their walls.

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Whoo boy, trade agreement to save Australian business a whopping … $150k

The government’s “analysis” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is sloppy and embarrassing — and actually confirms that there will be little benefit for Australia.

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The NT’s insidious abortion restrictions a de facto ban

Northern Territory MPs have a real chance to reform abortion law, writes Darwin-based GP Dr Jacqueline Murdoch.

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Is cycling on roads getting safer or more dangerous?

Deaths may be declining in real terms, but the same cannot necessarily be said of serious injuries.

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Tips and rumours: Is Credlin part of Abbott’s package? 

Does Peta Credlin’s job have a use-by date? Since her boss Tony Abbott was deposed in September, Credlin has stayed on with Abbott, although she commands a much smaller team than before. According to Senate documents, since Abbott is now the former prime minister he has a “package of entitlements” while he remains in Parliament. This includes the […]

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Essential: Aussies don’t want King Charles

Support for a republic is down, and voters are unenthusiastic about other changes like the flag or Australia Day, today’s Essential Report reveals.

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Time for a funding re-think

Crikey readers discuss politics and other issues of the day.

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Breaking! Exclusive! (false, year-old) MH370 news

No news? No worries! Just republish false information from last year.

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Nats mull more ‘draconian’ content rules in the bush

The last time the Nationals were allowed to regulate media content, Labor had to fix up the resulting mess. Now they’re at it again.

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A hashtag, an emoji, and lots of sex: meet the words of the year

Many European language groups chose words of the year to do with the refugee crisis, but ours has to do with good old Tony.

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Turnbull’s reform agenda: business profits first, national interest second

The Turnbull government has no economic reform agenda — just a big business wishlist to improve profits rather than addressing reform priorities.

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Post-war boomer: how the ‘Pucklike’ Menzies shaped Australia

Just what is the Menzies era, and where did it begin? Inside Story editor Peter Browne reports.

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First, do no harm: why we’re addicted to medicine that does not work

In many cases expensive medical procedures have been proven to be no better than a placebo — and with huge risks. So why are doctors still performing them? Medical ethicist Dr Paul Biegler weighs in.

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Rundle: the power and the passion of Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett has lived a very interesting life, but his memoir does not include what we need to know: how someone speaking truth to power deals with finding himself in power.

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Why NBN costed Labor’s broadband plan at Turnbull’s behest

NBN declared that Labor’s broadband plan would have cost much more than the Coalition’s. But why was a government entity in the business of costing the opposition’s policies?

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Forget the diary, go straight to the calendar

Crikey readers discuss secret meetings and other issues of the day.

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Like Netflix but for air travel? A disruptive (and maybe stupid) way to fly

Will people pay more than $2000 a month for unlimited flights between Melbourne and Sydney?

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Tips and rumours: rumours of Bolt’s televisual demise are greatly exaggerated

While The Bolt Report may not return in its current format, columnist and TV host Andrew Bolt yesterday brushed away rumours the show was being axed  saying if anything he’d be doing more television this year, not less. His declining to tell his readers what exactly was going on, he said, was because negotiations were ongoing. […]

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Tips and rumours: UPF standover tactics

The United Patriots Front is taking its political push throughout regional Australia, with rallies across regional NSW, including the town of Orange. The local paper, The Central Western Daily, has published two articles about the UPF, with a front-page headline “Residents’ message to anti-Islam group: Go somewhere else”. In a video posted on the group’s Facebook […]

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Keep ex-Defence out of public service, mandarins plead

Ex-Defence personnel can have problems with “unacceptable behaviour” that make them unsuitable for civilian public sector life, according to a new report.

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How the NT justice system is failing Aboriginal children

Children in NT detention centres, 96% of whom are Aboriginal, are being held in solitary confinement, gassed and spit hooded, Darwin-based barrister John B. Lawrence SC reports.

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