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How Dan Andrews’ border bureaucracy nightmare was inflicted on Victorians

A report by Victoria's ombudsman exposes the cruelty of the Andrews government's border closure on its citizens.

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What can citizens and travellers do about border closures? Appears, not much

Court cases are hugely expensive and all challenges so far have failed so it seems the only solution is the ballot box.

AFP is using DNA tech to predict what criminals look like. Is it racial profiling?

Academics have called for a halt on the new tech, concerned about negative effects on marginalised communities.

Who will deliver our green energy transition? We have two candidates

It takes more than a dream to go seriously green. It takes money and managerial expertise. But more importantly, it takes luck and skill.

Broken-record Lowe keeps hammering the same theme: it’s the wages, stupid

The Reserve Bank governor has again confirmed that wages growth is the only game in town when it comes to the RBA increasing interest rates.

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Whether Berejiklian is innocent or not, the real issue is the PM’s arrogance

Scott Morrison's support for the former NSW premier clearly shows he has no time for independent bodies investigating federal decisions.

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Christian Kerr: the living — and now departed — reason why anonymity has power in politics

No one really knows just how many sources this trailblazer had but they gave him the ammunition to shock the bejesus out of Australian politics.

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Scott Morrison is a bully. Just ask Bridget Archer and Julia Banks

With a 'close supportive friend' like the prime minister, female Liberal MPs would have to be asking: who needs an enemy?

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Dear Leslie, my uncle is a pariah in his family for an innocent act

Should relatives forgive a tragic and horrible accident? Dr Leslie Cannold tackles this and other tricky topics.

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How the ‘both sides’, click-hungry media could help save Morrison — again

If you're wondering why ScoMo and Supercars get more publicity than Albo and policy plans, blame the media's business model.

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Meme stocks not so funny anymore. But are they also a sign of things to come?

This mad, crazy sharemarket is flying high. We'll have to hope it makes a smooth landing and doesn't crash and burn.

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Australia, sorry, but we really need to talk about inheritance tax

With inheritances set to grow in the next two decades, a tax could temper intergenerational equality while generating government revenue, if implemented in the right way.

Muhammad A Aziz, centre, was exonerated of the 1965 murder of Malcolm X (Image: AP/Seth Wenig)

Guilty until proven innocent: America is finally facing up to injustice

In the last three decades, nearly 3000 prisoners in the US have had their convictions overturned. That may be the tip of the innocence iceberg.

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The world is on edge: how panic about Omicron spread like wildfire

The new COVID variant came out of nowhere and a cold sweat broke out right around the globe. But are we worrying for worrying's sake?

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Mutant (reporting) on the march: why we are wary of Omicron catastrophising

The Australia media were poised to make the Omicron variant the next viral bogeyman. But two years of pandemic has wised us up.

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Anti-vaccine, anti-lockdown movement leaders seem to be getting sick…

It's not COVID, of course, that's making them crook. It's 'stuff they're spraying in the sky above Parliament'.

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Climate lies: countries are trying to dupe the UN on emissions data

A startling new report has shown how many countries are misreporting emissions data and pushing flawed models. What else are big polluters trying to get away with?

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Never mind climate plan nonsense — feel the politics. (And the press gallery falls for it)

The media seem to have decided the climate policy is second in importance to whether Scott Morrison can pull off another election win.

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Our environmental failures go further than net zero. They begin in our backyard

It's not just our inaction on climate change: our governments' reluctance to listen to the experts or spend much-needed money on conservation has us doing other kinds of environmental damage too.

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Two reasons why progressives need to temper hopes of victory, if not shelve them

If you think Labor has a chance in 2022, cast a glance over marginal seats around the country, which hint at a different outcome.

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Honest, transparent, female: the traits Australians want in their politicians

Far from being put off by shameful workplace practices in Parliament, women are instead inspired to enter politics to change from the inside.

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The Scott and Gladys show: pragmatic and cynical politics at its finest

It's a risky dance move by the prime minister because the former premier could very easily stumble and fall — again.

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Peta Credlin says sorry to South Sudanese, but would she have done so to Muslims?

Sky News is not alone in digging a deep well of fear of Muslims in Australia, but its high-profile host is certainly down and dirty in it.

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How to spin a pandemic in Adelaide: first, call in the ’Tiser for a briefing

Panic after weekend reports of SA border closures show the hazard of governments using one media outlet as a community message board.

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When local newspapers die, local democracy dies with them

At the weekend's NSW council elections, it appears voter turnout was down and informal votes were up.

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Sweden used to be a sanctuary for refugees. No longer

In 2015, Swedes took immense pride in the country’s decision to accept 163,000 refugees, most from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But a lot has changed since then.

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Have we already forgotten the lessons of the Ever Given?

The blocking of the Suez Canal is becoming a distant memory as consumers, governments and economies ignore the vital lessons of the debacle.

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The real reason Xi didn’t make it to the climate summit

The US criticised Xi Jinping's absence at COP26, but he had his own reason to stay away from Glasgow: consolidating power back home.

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Rudd: Morrison should not be attacked for his faith. But he should tell us how it affects his politics

It's not unreasonable or intrusive for Australians to ask how Scott Morrison's religious faith impacts on his political behaviour and decision-making, writes former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

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It’s time to call it out: Scott Morrison doesn’t care about secular accountability

In a new series, Crikey asks: what governs Scott Morrison? A dedication to Australia, or a dedication to his own faith — and above all, himself?

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The good word: a compendium of Scott Morrison’s godly quotes

The PM has never shied away from making his faith known, but it's the cryptic references — the hidden meanings — that speak volumes about his mentality.

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‘Without truth, no democracy can stand’: why we are calling out the prime minister

Today Crikey publishes an uncomfortable but important investigation that exposes the prime minister as a systemic, consistent and unremitting public liar.

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A national leader with a readiness to lie and a reflex to do so when under pressure

Scott Morrison lies. A lot. And it's particularly true when he's feeling the political heat.

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The truth is precious. Let’s not take it for granted

It’s easy to be cynical about politics and politicians, but we mustn't forget how important the truth is to a functioning democracy.

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Seeing Red, feeling Blue: pastiche pop and the power of the persona

New albums by Taylor Swift, a pop-music genius, and Lana Del Rey, a pop-culture project, illustrate two extremes of the musical spectrum.

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Modernism is back in architecture. But it’s not all bad — really

If the Australian Institute of Architects Awards are anything to go by, modernism is back, baby. Guy Rundle reviews the good, the bad, and the mildly depressing.

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A study of the least interesting man in the world

In The Game, Sean Kelly portrays Scott Morrison as nobody at all, a politician conjured into existence by the settings of new politics.

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We must learn to see the corruption that pervades Australian public life, and restructure it

Australians, and especially our governing class, have normalised soft corruption. If we want things to change, we need to bring back the outrage.

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How to end corruption? First break down the code of silence allowing it to thrive

The culture of silence that permits the soft corruption and alleged abuse witnessed in Parliament cannot be allowed to endure.

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Solutions to corruption: a voters’ strike to end political donations?

Refusing to vote? Maybe. But there are other ways to clean up Australian politics.