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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.

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Money talks, and political donors know they’ll be heard loud and clear

There appears to be consensus among Crikey readers: donations to political parties are a serious flaw in our democracy.

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Campaign finance is a big problem — here’s how we could go about fixing it

Reforms could help quell the dark impact of money in Australian politics — but even if we could we get them done, would our elected officials want to?

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Zones of corruption: how property development inherently challenges democracy

It's one of the longest-standing and most pervasive forms of soft corruption in Australian politics: local, state and federal.

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The political is personal

It’s clear now that the political arena — where we look for solutions — is part of the problem.

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It’s time for the Coalition’s competition to put a woman in charge

Women at the helm could be just what the rival political parties need to stand out from the rest.

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No one thinks they need sexual harassment education, so how do we make it work?

Government-funded sexual harassment training is the easy part – making men receptive to it is much harder.

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NAPLAN starts today, but why should the kids have all the fun? Here’s a quick budget day test for the treasurer

As the nation's children sit down to the controversial NAPLAN tests, we thought it was only fair to test Josh Frydenberg on his pre-budget fiscal nous...

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Whistling in the dark: when the government swings too far for a changing Australia

Scott Morrison and the political elite desperately want to believe the Australia of two decades ago still exists.

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Banning Australians from returning from India is unprecedented and arguably racist. But is it legal?

The Biosecurity Act gives the government extraordinary powers, but surely those powers aren't absolute?

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Investors rush back into housing. Yes, we all knew that, but gee, so fast

During the pandemic, auctions were full of people who actually wanted to live in the home they were buying. But things are already starting to change...

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What does the India travel ban really say about Australia?

Crikey readers hack into the government's India travel ban from every angle.

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Costly but important lessons from the pandemic: policymakers have more tools than they once thought

The pandemic has inflicted an horrific toll, but what we've learnt from it will benefit us for decades to come.

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Why ‘rare’ is an inadequate word when it comes to blood clots and the vaccine

The media's fixation on rare vaccine side effects is resulting in bullshit by omission — with potentially deadly results.

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Social media spend reveals who the government is really targeting in today’s budget

Crikey took a look at the Coalition's Facebook ad spending. What we found was fairly illuminating.

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Alan Joyce just gave a masterclass in shaking money out of fearful state governments

When Qantas CEO Alan Joyce suggested the airline might consider relocating its HQ, Annastacia Palaszczuk jumped at the bait. With so many jobs on the line, she didn't really have much choice.

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Sexual harasser Robert Doyle insists he is not the victim — but then breaks his silence to list the ways he is…

Disgraced former Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle's 3AW appearance was billed as a tearful apology to victims. It seemed like anything but.

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Traumatised in the line of duty: just some of the Australian journalists who have suffered PTSD

Reporting on death and suffering has damaged the health and careers of a number of veteran journalists.

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Questions about scale: News Corp hangs on to old ideas as news goes local

Australia's media monster faces a new challenge: how to hold on to locally focused readers and advertisers with an increasingly national product.

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‘A valued member of the team’: Nine responds to Ben Williamson’s claims

The 60 Minutes cameraman is battling Nine's insurers over what happened to him while on assignment in Lebanon.