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The road to reelection: how can Morrison pull off another miracle?

Here's the first of a mostly serious list of suggestions for the PM to lift his standing: get out of his media bubble.

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Paul Keating lashes ‘deluded’ Britain. Does he have a point?

The former PM doesn't mince his words, and this time over UK stepping gingerly into East Asia his reasoning is strong.

Where is Peng Shuai? Not allowed at the Australian Open, apparently

Tennis Australia defended a decision to confiscate material bearing slogans supporting the Chinese tennis player.

Double-fault in the Tiley-Hrdlicka double-act at the top of Tennis Australia

With a $40 million debt to the Victorian government and the Djokovic controversy not going away, TA needs new leadership.

Aussie tennis stars serve up a gamut of storylines — and the media can’t wait to tell you

Winners are grinners, and Australian tennis players are making the whole country — and sports journalists — feel like winners too.

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Pushing Novak to the front of the line highlights the injustice of our legal system

Djokovic gets preferential treatment from the courts while families wait weeks, even months, to be heard. It's shabby and unfair and simply has to change.

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Think Crown’s bad? Well, Victoria, WA and NSW can stop Blackstone making it worse

Each of the three state governments should buy a 10% stake in the casino giant, potentially putting paid to the ruthless practices of the past.

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Turkey’s child marriage ‘reform’ ignores consent and sanctions rape in a man’s world

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reckons if a rapist marries his child victim his conviction will be revoked. The Dark Ages return.

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Dear Leslie, I really don’t want to meet my sperm donor. Am I being silly?

This week Crikey's resident ethicist Dr Leslie Cannold tells a donor-conceived person there's no right or wrong decision.

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On the verge of a new 3-year deal, ABC contends with myriad concerns

Between uncertainty over government funding and a likely reduction in BBC programming due to frozen licence fees, it's a tricky time for the ABC.

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No plane sailing for Aussies despite a slight lift-off in overseas trips

You can make as many plans as you like, but COVID is like the annoying passenger beside you: it just doesn't know when to stop being a pain.

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Josh Frydenberg has embraced ‘big government’ — and that’s a good thing

The treasurer has sensibly moved the government's position from cutting a way to surplus to growing a way there.

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Why an epiphany is needed to cast off the stain of an American insurrection

When Donald Trump's foot soldiers overran the Capitol one year ago, it was all part of a broader conspiracy that makes Watergate look like a garden party.

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Fortress WA: what State Daddy’s border U-turn means for the election

Mark McGowan has well and truly got up the nose of Scott Morrison by closing his border. He doesn't appear perturbed.

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Kids on the frontline: the young Australians pushing back against COVID-19 vaccines for children

Australians as young as 13 are fighting their battles against vaccines in the classroom and on social media.

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Kids on the frontline: the anti-vax tactics against juvenile COVID jabs

Australian anti-vax groups are taking a page from US extremist groups by targeting parents, school staff and local councils.

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Climate lies: countries are trying to dupe the UN on emissions data

A startling new report has shown how many countries are misreporting emissions data and pushing flawed models. What else are big polluters trying to get away with?

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Never mind climate plan nonsense — feel the politics. (And the press gallery falls for it)

The media seem to have decided the climate policy is second in importance to whether Scott Morrison can pull off another election win.

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Our environmental failures go further than net zero. They begin in our backyard

It's not just our inaction on climate change: our governments' reluctance to listen to the experts or spend much-needed money on conservation has us doing other kinds of environmental damage too.

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Why Clive Palmer’s Senate tilt is no laughing matter

It's easy to mock Palmer's run for the Senate. It's far more important to examine what it says about the mood of the electorate.

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A poll like no other: is Australia ready for its first federal pandemic election?

Between COVID protocols and pre-poll voting, every step of the process will be different.

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Cautious Labor exorcises policy ghosts, sets up lead — and leaves voters wanting more

The opposition has been quick to pounce on Scott Morrison's lack of leadership but has hesitated to offer alternatives or solutions.

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Americans coming to save the news media again. What could possibly go wrong?

Could a new media project silence or disrupt developing voices rather than provide an exciting alternative?

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What will 2022 bring for Australia’s news media?

The coming year hints at grim times for traditional news media and increasingly complex times for journalism online.

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Truth stranger than fiction? What the serious media is saying about Novakgate

If you couldn't laugh you'd have to cry — as we suspect our befuddled prime minister is already doing (not to mention the Djoker).

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When playing God is far easier than winning an election

Nothing says there's an election coming like tough talk on borders. John Howard did it in 2001. Scott Morrison hopes it'll work for him in 2022.

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Autocracy is flexing its muscles, but democracy can win by showing its strengths

Autocrats are on the defensive as popular protests mount, but democracy’s fate depends on leaders delivering results.

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Peacekeeping or power play? What the arrival of Russian troops means for Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has spent decades trying to balance Russia, China and the West. The deployment of 2500 Russian troops to 'restore order' threatens to disrupt that balance.

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A lesson from the book of Boris: a non-party means a non-apology

A BoJo party isn't a party, more an event to thank staffers and enjoy some lovely weather. Is the prime minister serious?

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Food for thought: environmentally friendly goodies that will soon grace your plate

Expect a culinary adventure — but one that could take a little bit of getting used to for the less intrepid eaters among us.

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Taking a walk on the rewild side: is it time for a new approach to conservation?

As passive conservation efforts become less and less sufficient, is it time to take a step back and let nature take its turn?

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Rudd: Morrison should not be attacked for his faith. But he should tell us how it affects his politics

It's not unreasonable or intrusive for Australians to ask how Scott Morrison's religious faith impacts on his political behaviour and decision-making, writes former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

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It’s time to call it out: Scott Morrison doesn’t care about secular accountability

In a new series, Crikey asks: what governs Scott Morrison? A dedication to Australia, or a dedication to his own faith — and above all, himself?

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The good word: a compendium of Scott Morrison’s godly quotes

The PM has never shied away from making his faith known, but it's the cryptic references — the hidden meanings — that speak volumes about his mentality.

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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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As poetry seems to lose rhyme and reason, Edgar masters technique, complexity and vibrancy

In a time when the form seems to edge towards the commonplace, prize-winning Australia poet Stephen Edgar dares to be extraordinary.

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Seeing Red, feeling Blue: pastiche pop and the power of the persona

New albums by Taylor Swift, a pop-music genius, and Lana Del Rey, a pop-culture project, illustrate two extremes of the musical spectrum.

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Modernism is back in architecture. But it’s not all bad — really

If the Australian Institute of Architects Awards are anything to go by, modernism is back, baby. Guy Rundle reviews the good, the bad, and the mildly depressing.

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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.