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Anti-vaxxers are targeting NT Indigenous communities with quarantine and vaccine conspiracies

A combination of local fringe voices and international influencers are developing and spreading misinformation.

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Morrison works hard to make the case for a Dutton prime ministership

If Scott Morrison's awful week wasn't enough, Defence Minister Peter Dutton will speak at the National Press Club today. Inevitably, the comparison will be made between a disciplined performer and a shambolic leader.

Morrison’s religious freedom bill lays the first step to a bill of rights — even if he doesn’t know it

While Scott Morrison's religious discrimination bill is designed to propagate a US-derived narrative of victimhood, in doing so it imports another virus that the government may be altogether less keen on.

Tide turns against big tech but it’s going to be a long, long haul

Dismantling or reassembling the tech giants' hold on the way we live now will be a truly massive undertaking.

Construction in Australia continues to decline despite strong demand for housing. Why?

Year-on-year falls in total spending in the construction sector have been rare going back all the way to 1788. So what's behind this current downswing?

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Cricket’s bosses need to take a long, hard look into the change room mirrors

Tim Paine is not the only one at fault here. Yes, his actions set off the scandal, but Cricket Australia hasn't showered itself in glory either.

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Frydenberg faces pressure on multiple fronts — and he hasn’t even started fighting for his seat yet

The treasurer is copping it from all sides as he backs another long-shot candidate in the looming Kew byelection. Will the pressure carry over to Kooyong?

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Dutton’s modest win chills public debate. Is that what the law intends?

Like all law, defamation law is a construct — its only reason to exist is to deliver a social good. In the case of Peter Dutton and Shane Bazzi, it's not quite clear that the social good of the law outweighs the harm.

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Dear Leslie, my mum is spiking my bastard dad’s coffee with anti-depressants

Dad may have cheered up a bit, but is it ethical? Dr Leslie Cannold tackles this and other tricky topics.

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Not adding up: a few impossible things about newspaper readership

Two of Australia's highest-profile newspapers are reporting "readership surges" and "record highs", but is this an accurate reflection of the current Australian media?

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The literal sign that shows where Australia’s job market is at

It looks as if the job market is, in fact, turning in favour of employees and job-seekers. But securing wages growth after years of stagnation might actually be the easy part.

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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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Forget the politics. We need a sensible debate on the pros and cons of vaccine mandates

The simple fact is that an unvaccinated person is a public health risk. That’s easy to say. It’s equally easy to say, as many do, that it’s a free country. But what they mean by that is not so simple.

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A pandemic of protests: how dissent over COVID-19 erupted across the globe

Protests have been with us since the rise of COVID, but the recent demonstrations show a world fed up with controls and restrictions.

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How to deal with the unvaccinated? There are four options

As countries like Austria and Singapore impose new policies to try to encourage vaccine uptake, four possible paths through the vaccine dilemma have emerged. Which of them is best?

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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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The six politicians holding their own party to ransom over vaccine mandates

Coalition senators crossed the floor yesterday to support a One Nation bill opposing vaccine mandates. Tense times in Canberra.

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Morrison’s marketing jiu-jitsu has turned journalists’ own ethics against serving the public

The prime minister has taken what was once an essential journalistic tool for disrupting conspiracies of silence and fashioned them into a political weapon.

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Bring on a federal ICAC to see off the public’s growing lack of trust in MPs

Scott Morrison promised three years ago to establish a federal integrity body. It still hasn't happened. Perhaps he should just get out of the way.

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Chinese whispers: in search of truth about the ‘China threat’ in the Australian media

Recent claims have put Beijing's influence on the Australian media sphere at eye-watering levels. But where do the numbers come from? An academic tries to find out.

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Inside the digital afterlife of Alan Jones

Alan Jones may be gone from Sky News, but he's a growing presence online.

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A new twist on the newswire offers reliable content to smaller media players

A 2.0 version of the wire service provides in-depth news analysis to help emerging and independent outlets by a strong journalistic foundation.

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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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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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What Steven Pinker gets so wrong about reason

With Rationality, Steven Pinker offers a book unable to see its own grand assumptions, resolving itself into incuriosity and platitudes time and again.

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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.