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And the 2018 Person of the Year is…

Australia owes a great deal to the winners of the 2018 Person of the Year.

And the 2018 Arsehat of the Year is…

It was a crowded field, but the year's biggest arsehat stood arse and shoulders above the competition.

What exactly did Labor sell at the 2018 national conference?

Unlike the Liberals or the Greens, Labor runs an open shop during its national conference — but it is more like a display window then a factory floor.

How a civil rights icon came to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

Acclaimed novelist Alice Walker recommends David Icke, Andrew Broad's unfortunate tweet, and a logo designer's Freudian slip.

NSW Libs make life still more hellish for Morrison’s rabble

The NSW Liberals are scrambling to dissociate themselves from a toxic, shambolic clutch of climate denialists in Canberra.

Steven Marshall’s ‘new dawn’ struggles to usher in fresh light

From healthcare to drug laws to deregulation, the South Australian government has spent the year keeping a low-profile between disappointments.

A year of insult and injury for job seekers and the unemployed

This year was an annus horribilis for the poor — but the tireless campaigning of low-income advocates offers some hope for the future.

Looking back on a year of TV winners and losers

From politics to sport, Australian TV has had but a few bright spots.

What’s the public interest in unearthing politicians’ romantic entanglements?

Crikey readers discuss the latest Nationals scandal and defamation law in Australia.

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Merry Xmas (the Footy Show war is over)

After nearly two decades, Seven has crushed Nine's Footy Show.

Are the directors of Home and Away going to revolt?

Potential (off-screen) drama at Channel 7, NatCon's "ok to be white" moment", plus R. Kelly's "salacious" past.

Australia faces class actions for ‘crimes against humanity’ on Manus and Nauru

One day after the government filibustered proposed changes to medical transfers from Nauru, human rights lawyers have filed two class action suits alleging "torture", "persecution" and "other inhumane acts".

FYI & Side View
Cryonics: a freeze is coming!

Cryonics: a freeze is coming!

Welcome to For Your Information. Today, Helen breaks the ice with cryonics.

An immigration dystopia

An immigration dystopia

Welcome to Side View -- a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: reflective fish, immigration stoushes, it's just a flesh wound, and the ghostwriters of Christmas Past.

The question no one will answer about Hakeem Al-Araibi

This arrest could have huge ramifications for other refugees who have been granted asylum by Australia. We need answers.

Crisis watch: the various hot messes threatening Labor and Shorten

From technology to welfare to refugees, Bill Shorten has plenty to deal with in the lead-up to the national conference.

Shorten to end temporary protection visas

Good morning, early birds. Bill Shorten would end temporary protection visas and fast-track citizenship for Australia's "legacy caseload" asylum seekers if elected, and Theresa May faces yet more Brexit hurdles. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

The fight for asylum seekers is a fight for the soul of our nation

Today is Human Rights Day, the 70th anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What exactly have we learned?

Australia faces class actions for ‘crimes against humanity’ on Manus and Nauru

One day after the government filibustered proposed changes to medical transfers from Nauru, human rights lawyers have filed two class action suits alleging "torture", "persecution" and "other inhumane acts".

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.

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Dear Labor MPs, stop with your bullshit about protecting our rights

It's high time Labor cut the bullshit and admitted they're just as committed to creating a police state as their opponents.

Seven moves to terminate employee agreement amid cost cuts, falling share price

Yet another company is using "extraordinary" hard ball negotiation tactics with their staff, this time in the media.

The disturbing new national security law that no one is talking about

The encryption fiasco isn't the only capitulation recently made in the name of Australia's national security.

Holy Wars

How The Australian targets and attacks its enemies

NSW energy minister slams federal party

The NSW energy minister has called the Coalition's approach to energy and climate policy "out of touch", and ICAC raids Labor offices over party donations and fundraising. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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For women, 2018 was a year of long-awaited wins and lingering losses

This has been a year of great progress, and legislative change reflects this. Yet, still, Australia is in a national emergency.

Highs and lows: Australia’s year in energy policy left a lot to be desired

The NEG died and Adani didn't. Crikey reviews 2018 in energy policy.

Why do the Nats keep behaving badly? Because they can get away with it.

This is the second time this year that a Nationals leader has kept a sex scandal from the Prime Minister, ensuring it wreaked havoc. Will they ever be held accountable?

Government’s bigger health spend is our main jobs and wages driver

The economy will be reliant on health spending for much of its jobs and wages growth over the next couple of years — and the government is increasing it.

How Australia’s governors-general stack up to the rest of the world 

David Hurley will be the third of the last four governors-general to come from the military top brass. This is not the norm.

Prying Eyes

How personal surveillance invades our lives 24/7

And the Gold Wankley for 2018 goes to… Seven

In a year of dodgy journalism, Seven stood head and shoulders above the rest

Yael Stone, Geoffrey Rush and the risky maths of defamation

As Rush stands accused afresh, each side (and the media) must calculate what to throw at their fight.

The media is failing, but journalism is better than ever

It’s a simple economic truth: when journalists have to work for their audience, they have to work harder.

Attack on the ABC blows up in the face of Liberals, media companies

A joint attack on the ABC by the Liberals, One Nation and the commercial media sector has fallen apart due to lack of actual evidence.

The politicians who sued for defamation in 2018

Australian politicians have a track record of trying to restore their reputations through the courts, and this year has been no exception.

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