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This election could be the end of leaders like Bill Shorten

Across the world, the notion that progressive parties should accept a centrist and safe figure for the purposes of electability is going out the door.


Labor’s ‘referendum on wages’ off to a tepid start

Labor says the election will be a referendum on wages, but so far has proposed little that will make a material difference for workers stuck with stagnant incomes.

The doctor is in: Labor’s Bennelong gamble

Can Dr Brian Owler cure what ails Labor in Bennelong? And will his climate change message cut through in a diverse electorate?

Record youth enrolment is great, but what does it mean?

The youth enrolment rate is at the highest level ever at around 88%, but experts are uncertain what this indicates.

Sri Lanka attacks are part of a rising trend of religious violence in Asia

From Sri Lanka to Pakistan to Indonesia, this is far from an isolated event.

Will building the Bradfield Scheme to redirect water reduce the effects of drought?

Barnaby Joyce says this 1930s plan will reduce the effects of drought. Is he right?

Memewatch: Palmer takes an early lead

Clive Palmer is spending millions on campaigning, but will his dank memes get him over the line in the end?

Bring on a federal ICAC

Crikey readers discuss the water buyback controversy and the Israel Folau case.

Labor announces Watergate inquiry

Labor announces Watergate inquiry

Good morning, early birds. Labor is set to propose an inquiry into the water buyback scandal and a Sri Lankan cabinet minister has announced that the Easter Sunday attacks were in retaliation to the Christchurch mosque attacks. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Warringah polling shows that it’s lonely being Tony

Abbott is going full local candidate this time because he's facing a genuine challenger — and the early polling was terrible for him.    

Watergate scandal isn’t corruption — it’s how Australian capitalism works

The "watergate" scandal around the purchase of water from a politically-connected tax exile isn't atypical of Australian capitalism — it's the model for much of Australian business.

This election could be the end of leaders like Bill Shorten

Across the world, the notion that progressive parties should accept a centrist and safe figure for the purposes of electability is going out the door.

The clock is ticking for the Coalition and time is short

The Coalition has to turn around the polls — and the the election is approaching even more rapidly than it might initially seem.


The dominant story of the election is weak household income

The only economic issue in the coming election should be household income and how wages policy can lift it.


Smoking is down but it’s still bringing in big bucks for the government

Pulling in a budget surplus from tobacco excise has knock-on effects that need to be considered

Ridiculous budget oversight could be a baby bonus (or a mistake)

Using a six-year-old statistic to plan for fertility rates could point to an attractive possibility for Morrison: baby bonus redux.

Letting down start-ups: how the government has abandoned innovation

By stunting the growth of the start up sector we're turning our backs on innovation and setting up the country for issues down the road.

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Everything you need to know about the water buyback scandal

Australia now has its own "watergate" and there are calls for a royal commission. How did we get here?

Liberal Party received donations from Eastern Australia Agriculture

Good morning, early birds. The NSW Liberals received donations from one of the beneficiaries of the controversial Murray-Darling Basin water contracts, and two Australians have been confirmed killed in the terror attacks in Sri Lanka. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods

Zali Steggall at the business end of Warringah

What do the locals make of Abbott's competition? They quite like her. Or at least they want to like her.


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They really said that?

There are just over 200K employees at Disney. If you took half that 65 M bonus… I am quite certain you could move significant resources down the line to more evenly share in the great success.

ABIGAIL DISNEY

The heir to the Disney fortune gets all Robin Hood in a Twitter thread over CEO Bob Iger’s $65.6 million (A$91 million) pay packet.


 

The Thirst World War

This week: looooooong-hand multiplication, the coming war with Iran, and Ellsberg and Chomsky on Assange.

 

Everything you need to know about the water buyback scandal

Australia now has its own "watergate" and there are calls for a royal commission. How did we get here?


Watergate scandal isn’t corruption — it’s how Australian capitalism works

The "watergate" scandal around the purchase of water from a politically-connected tax exile isn't atypical of Australian capitalism — it's the model for much of Australian business.


Inside the campaign to unseat Dutton

Grassroots campaign group GetUp has its sights on seven seats this election — and Peter Dutton’s marginal seat of Dickson is the priority target.

This could be Australia’s stupidest election ever

It's been a stupid election campaign so far and all signs point to it getting stupider.

Zali Steggall at the business end of Warringah

What do the locals make of Abbott's competition? They quite like her. Or at least they want to like her.

What is the ABC for?

Crikey tries to unravel and distill some of the crucial questions we think the ABC should be asking itself in this post-Guthrie/Milne era.


How and why ‘watergate’ became a major story

The bare bones of the water buyback story have been around for a while — so why is it dominating the political news cycle now?


Journalists are missing the bigger election coverage question

There’s no longer one election campaign. There’s hundreds, broken up by electorates, social media platform, gender, age, income and attitudes.


The Murdoch family members working against the Fox News agenda

The New York Times' recent investigation into the Murdoch family described James and Kathryn's more progressive leanings as one of the reasons for tension within the family.

Assange’s ‘hacking’ indictment the crime of protecting a whistleblower

Julian Assange did what any good journalist should do: minimise his source's chances of being found out. But that is now conspiracy to commit a crime in the eyes of the US government.

News Corp boss lashes NYT ‘hatchet job’, ignoring his own papers’ scandals

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson attacked the New York Times and social media platforms in making the annual Keith Murdoch oration in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

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