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We’ve got time to get vaccination mandates right, but the politics will be nasty

The government has time to settle a position on vaccine mandates across workplaces and more broadly. But the US experience shows the politics are potentially toxic, especially for conservatives.

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Just so you know, there are already plenty of decrees directing your daily life

Mandates are already intrinsic to many aspects of our everyday lives, so much so that we barely think about them. So why does the idea of a medical mandate ruffle so many feathers?

As business and sports bodies call for vaccine passports, politicians refuse to bring out the stamp

With more and more advocates seeing vaccine passports as a way back to normal life, they're going to overcome some stiff opposition from state premiers — and their own conservative mates.

Carrots and sticks: how vaccine mandates are being used around the world

In a bid to open back up to the world, countries with high rates of COVID-19 are creating a two-tier system where vaccinated people have greater freedom than those who haven't been jabbed.

Liberté, égalité, vaccin obligatoire: France takes a gamble on mandatory vaccines

French President Emmanuel Macron is facing a wave of anger after a push to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for many.

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This is a battle between the selfish and unselfish — the playing field should be fully tilted one way

The pandemic is increasingly dividing Australians into two groups — and none is more important than the divide between those fighting the pandemic and those who wish to see us give up.

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How to silence gender deafness? First step, call it out when it happens

John Coates' putdown of Annastacia Palaszczuk brings to mind a condition closely related to gender deafness: misogyny muteness.

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In David Leckie farewell, Stokes unites with Murdoch against the world of ‘woke’

Decrying society as 'too woke' for David Leckie's flamboyance today, Seven boss Kerry Stokes lamented that we "won't see anything like him again".

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Lockdown laughingstocks: COVIDiots on the streets, Sky on the airwaves

Isn't it ironic, don't you think, that the loudest voices selling a pro-freedom narrative are also the ones whose words and actions would deny us freedom from lockdown and disease?

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Yet again Australia destroys the very notion of our nation — and leaves others to pick up the pieces

By refusing to take responsibility for its citizens, Australia is refusing to take responsibility for itself. The fate of one 'Isis bride' is just the latest example.

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Pandemic lessons: beware of knowing it all before you actually know it all

Of all the reasons behind the devastating outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne, none is more troubling than our misunderstanding of risk.

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To boost or not to boost — should a third shot be the next step in the fight against COVID?

As more countries provide vaccine boosters for their citizens, what are the ethics of Australia following suit — and will we have a choice? Leslie Cannold looks at both sides.

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Status update: with growth flattening and reputation tarnished, Facebook may have peaked

Is Facebook on the ropes? It still has nearly two billion users per day but its growth stalled out during the pandemic and new tech looks set to limit how much of your data it can use.

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Bruce Pascoe and the making of myth: beyond the culture war, what does it all mean?

A new book offers a forensic unmasking of Bruce Pascoe's work and suggests he is devaluing the true history of Indigenous Australia. Can the issue be investigated without becoming mired in the culture wars?

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Bruce Pascoe has become too big to fail — almost impossible to question

Even before questions surrounding Bruce Pascoe's scholarship were raised, it's hard to ignore that Dark Emu has become big business — not least for the companies that support him.

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‘The truth is the truth — and should not be hidden because of right-wing agendas’

Lawyer and Indigenous rights activist Michael Mansell has found that trying to raise criticism of Bruce Pascoe leads to being lumped in with right-wing reactionaries like Mark Latham.

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‘The world was waiting for Bruce’s book.’ Yes, but can the literary establishment cope with the fallout?

Australia's cultural institutions were quick to embrace Dark Emu, but now some say they bought into a 'myth' that desperately needs to be revised.

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Why trust an expert? Bruce Pascoe v the establishment

Pascoe always fuelled the narrative that the academic world would seek to quash his renegade scholarship. And it's exactly what happened.

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The kinship question: Bruce Pascoe and the long search for his mob

Bruce Pascoe's claims of Indigenous heritage have made a credible and compelling platform for the rise of Dark Emu, but many Aboriginal elders and experts have called them into question — if not rejected them outright.

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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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Lies, truth and the law: is the legal system any help when tackling a powerful dissembler?

It’s one thing to prove that what Morrison said was untrue, incorrect or exaggerated. But there are several possible explanations for that, only one of which is that he deliberately lied.

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Morrison’s lies cover up a lack of substance and interest in governing. Any solace? He’s not alone

While Scott Morrison lacks the theatricality of counterpart liars Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, he shares the same hollowness, a lack of substance covered by incessant deception.

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Talking tactics: we analyse just how Scott Morrison manipulates the narrative to get his own way

Outright lies are only the half of it. A linguistic analysis reveals how other aspects of the PM’s methods — bluster, bullying, evasion, feigned ignorance — all serve to damage political culture.

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No national stockpile? Australia has 6.8 million unused vaccine doses in storage

The federal government has been reluctant to give Australians detailed data on the vaccine rollout, and still denies it holds a national stockpile.

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Seven people and groups who want the anti-vaxxer vote at the next election

Vaccine sceptics and those opposed to being immunised are fodder for groups and individuals who plan to capitalise on their fears.

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Young people are worried about Delta’s impact — but is anyone listening?

The Delta variant — and the response to it — isn't just affecting young Australians' physical and financial health. It's taking a mental toll too.

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Pie in the Sky … the heat is on (and rising) … party-poopers … one big (happy) family

Why did News Corp snub Sky News — and what, if anything, does it have to do with COVID conspiracies? That and plenty more tips from the Crikey bunker.

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How the Barna-party is built on coal, mates and the home of country music

The National Party has outdone itself this time by appointing Barnaby Joyce as its leader. And its younger members are fed up.

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Rorting is rife. But do voters care? Perhaps not

Labor is ramping up its rhetoric about the Coalition's history of systematic rorting. The message should be an easy sell — but some are warning it won't inspire voters.

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Oh, the humanity: why FM radio touches the parts of a politician no other broadcaster can reach

For MPs and public figures, FM radio used to be a little PR R&R. But as ScoMo and Gladys B recently discovered, FM no longer pulls its punches.

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John Daley’s parting gift should be ‘read by every senior public servant, staffer, journalist and minister’

Instead of simply complaining about the lack of good reform over the last decade, one of Australia's best public policy thinkers has taken a serious look at what has gone wrong.

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The misinformation pandemic is killing people. Time for News Corp to stand down — and stand up

Misinformation about the pandemic is spreading and infecting people as quickly as COVID-19 itself. The media has played a significant part in this; it's time to play its part in providing a cure.

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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.