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'You have to dominate' says Trump

Donald Trump has called on a collection of governors to 'dominate' and arrest protesters and, despite everything, the Morrison government apparently will not rule out rebooting robodebt.

US President Donald Trump and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in February, 2018 (Image: EPA/Shawn Thew)

Turnbull says Trump ‘seeks to exploit divisions for political gain’

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull has criticised US President Donald Trump in a wide-ranging conversation with Crikey editor-in-chief Peter Fray.

Secretary of Social Services Kathryn Campbell (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

What public servants knew — and when they knew it — needs robodebt inquiry

Why did the government undertake robodebt when there were major questions about its legality? Regardless of Friday's backflip, an inquiry is needed to establish the origin of the debacle.

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Flagging expenditure shows government is right to aim at construction

Whatever the GDP result for the March quarter, the economy will need more assistance from the government to prevent major industries like construction from collapsing.

Vice Australia axes local jobs in latest media cutbacks

At its height, Vice Australia employed about 50 staff. Today its news operations are one writer and one editor.

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News Corp trades public influence for insider power. But is that a business model?

News Corp's readership now more closely resembles a political party’s base than it does actual news-seekers. Great for subscriptions. Not so much for public influence.

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What’s the difference between COAG and the national cabinet? 

COAG is gone forever, replaced by a national cabinet. We look at whether there is actually a difference.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Belted and railroaded: Victoria’s trade deal with China is a dud

The premier has hung an albatross around his neck, and the necks of any future Victorian governments.

Queen Elizabeth II in 1970

Exclusive: Palace letters leaked to Crikey. Queen amused… we think

Crikey has gotten its hands on the secret letters between Queen Elizabeth II and former governor-general John Kerr in the days leading up to the Dismissal.

Joe Hockey (Image: Sky News)

Legacy media on notice over AAP… when Sally met Christian… Hockey’s new gig

We hear AAP's shareholders have been put on notice, and look out for Joe Hockey on a telly near you.

Shoppers and workers return to the Sydney CBD as coronavirus restrictions ease. (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

Office workers are returning to the city. But is the city ready for them?

As lockdown restrictions ease, office workers are heading back into the city.

Protesters in Hyde Park, Sydney on Saturday, May 30, 2020 (Image: AAP/Bianca De Marchi)

Restrictions ease further, while anti-5G protesters are still at it

It's the day restrictions are easing across the country. But that didn't stop anti-5G conspiracy theorists gathering at protests over the weekend.

Royal commissions provide a clue on how to fix class actions

Class actions consume much of the bandwidth of the court system. Is it time for a different approach?

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Some justice is better than none: the case for litigation funding

While the government moves to restrict the activities of litigation funders, what alternative is there for the Davids who are taking on the Goliaths of the government or big business?

Pandering to the base leaves key facts by the wayside in class action battle

The government's media and business allies say there's been an 'explosion' in class action litigation. The numbers paint a very different picture.

Australia cools to Trump’s miracle coronavirus drug… sort of

Australian tests have ceased on the anti-coronavirus properties of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine after a damning study (though some are still yet to get the memo).

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Is working from home a craven surrender to capitalism or a subversive act?

Some say working from home is the ultimate expression of capitalism, as employers colonise our domestic space. But working from home also has the potential to send a deep shudder through capitalism.

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Why is COVID-19 modelling ‘useful’ but suicide modelling ‘unwarranted’? 

Flattening the curve of mental health-related deaths is just as important as flattening the curve of the coronavirus. Yet the government's approach to the two issues could hardly be more different.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Image: EPA/Kim Min-hee/ POOL)

Clues from South Korea on the bumpy, mysterious road ahead

Looking to South Korea, the road out of coronavirus lockdown doesn't seems entirely smooth. Plus, the US hits a grim milestone.

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US President Donald Trump and former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in February, 2018 (Image: EPA/Shawn Thew)

Turnbull says Trump ‘seeks to exploit divisions for political gain’

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull has criticised US President Donald Trump in a wide-ranging conversation with Crikey editor-in-chief Peter Fray.

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The Hopetoun Tea Rooms and other iconic businesses must be saved

Many see the demise of iconic businesses — those that make a city what it is — as inevitable, while governments prop up dying airlines and zombie corporations.

Vice Australia axes local jobs in latest media cutbacks

At its height, Vice Australia employed about 50 staff. Today its news operations are one writer and one editor.


They really said that?

The inequitable and brutal treatment of Black people in our country must stop. Together we stand in solidarity with the Black community — our employees, customers, and partners — in the fight against systemic racism and injustice.

AMAZON

The company that sells sells facial recognition software to an indeterminate number of police departments, supplies cloud services to ICE, and attempted to smear a black warehouse worker they fired for industrial action, has joined the resistance.


Open the floodgates: get ready for another fight about water

A new inquiry will look at Australia's water: one of the most vitriolic and dangerous policy areas in this bone-dry yet also flood-prone country.

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Beijing’s Hong Kong plans may lead to an exodus, and Australia must be ready

It's not just Australia's diplomatic interests being threatened by China's tightening grip on Hong Kong — 100,000 Australians call Hong Kong home.

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Closures and cuts herald a black day in the bush. So where are the Nationals?

Regional media desperately needs more support from the Nationals, who have secured only limited funding compared to what's available for other regional services.

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Casualisation — not just a union-business debate, but maybe key to new growth

Even if overall levels of casualisation remain unchanged, addressing job insecurity might deliver a win for workers, employers and the government itself.

Let’s be fair: news media closures are not solely a Murdoch disease

News Corp's decision to dismantle is regional newspaper business will have devastating consequences. But it's not as though Rupert is the first media mogul to cut and run.

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My Crikey subscription is up. Why renew when the media is so rubbish?

Ethicist Dr Simon Longstaff answers your ethical questions. Today: is it worth renewing your Crikey subscription?

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When a media giant falls in the forest, everybody hears — and suffers

News Corp Australia has been in strife for a while. The COVID-19 pandemic has just been the final nail.

Rupert Murdoch

Dark day for journalism as Murdoch’s global empire sells democracy down the river

Today's News Corp cuts represent an enormous threat to Australian democracy ⁠— and a grim reminder of the power of a single family.