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The Christian pollie factory: a new blood National and the religious discrimination bill

Scott Morrison's family of brothers and sisters in faith is a large one and many siblings are groomed to be 'wise leaders' in politics and society.

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Glass houses? MPs and staffers post under aliases on fake social media accounts

Members of Scott Morrison's government have been accused of trolling and online abuse on anonymous accounts.

Omicron is a wake-up call: we can’t just vax the rich

The effects of the variant's rise are still being determined, but its spread gives the world an opportunity to tackle COVID, and fairly this time.

If COVID-19 is a test of ethics, Australians might be failing

People came together to fight a cause — the killer virus — but as fear fades our belief in ourselves as an ethical society is losing its strength.

Propaganda and access: why the media struggles to call out political liars

In an edited extract from his new book, Bernard Keane discusses the role of the media in the rise of liars — both in supporting them and in refusing to call them out.

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Excuses, excuses — but there’s no justification for this kind of tactic

When do excuses for bad behaviour, criminal or otherwise, become as offensive as the behaviour itself? More and more often, it seems.

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Frydenberg faces pressure on multiple fronts — and he hasn’t even started fighting for his seat yet

The treasurer is copping it from all sides as he backs another long-shot candidate in the looming Kew byelection. Will the pressure carry over to Kooyong?

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Dutton’s modest win chills public debate. Is that what the law intends?

Like all law, defamation law is a construct — its only reason to exist is to deliver a social good. In the case of Peter Dutton and Shane Bazzi, it's not quite clear that the social good of the law outweighs the harm.

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Dear Leslie, my mum is spiking my bastard dad’s coffee with anti-depressants

Dad may have cheered up a bit, but is it ethical? Dr Leslie Cannold tackles this and other tricky topics.

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New writing on Morrison speaks volumes about lack of character and conviction

Some of the country's best political writers went in search of the inner ScoMo... and found there wasn't much there.

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The literal sign that shows where Australia’s job market is at

It looks as if the job market is, in fact, turning in favour of employees and job-seekers. But securing wages growth after years of stagnation might actually be the easy part.

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Australia, sorry, but we really need to talk about inheritance tax

With inheritances set to grow in the next two decades, a tax could temper intergenerational equality while generating government revenue, if implemented in the right way.

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Guilty until proven innocent: America is finally facing up to injustice

In the last three decades, nearly 3000 prisoners in the US have had their convictions overturned. That may be the tip of the innocence iceberg.

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We’re sending troops to the Pacific. Why not nurses armed with vaccines?

Australia has been accused of not doing enough to help its Pacific neighbours boost their vaccination numbers.

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Something happened in South Africa on November 24 — and now the world is frantic

The mutation has reportedly produced only mild symptoms in people so far — but, serendipitously, Pfizer and Moderna have made a killing.

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Massive mutations in the new COVID-19 variant — but is it cause for alarm?

The new variant, which has yet to be given a name, has over 30 mutations in the spike protein — the part of the virus that affects transmissibility.

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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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Inadequate leaders, poor accountability, few consequences: one in three parliament staff sexually harassed at work

Sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins' review of parliamentary culture reveals some ugly truths about the halls of power.

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PM’s social media bill won’t stop trolls, but it will help the powerful seek revenge

The Morrison government's flimsy justification for its online trolling crackdown does not stand up to scrutiny.

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Omicron threatens to create a mutation of election strategies

Could the black cloud of the new variant have a silver lining for the prime minister as he ponders when to go to the people?

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PM’s war on social media might be just the right pitch he needs to middle Australia

How real is the concern around social media and its impact on families? It might just be real enough for Scott Morrison to build a 'family values' election campaign around it.

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Chinese whispers: in search of truth about the ‘China threat’ in the Australian media

Recent claims have put Beijing's influence on the Australian media sphere at eye-watering levels. But where do the numbers come from? An academic tries to find out.

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Not adding up: a few impossible things about newspaper readership

Two of Australia's highest-profile newspapers are reporting "readership surges" and "record highs", but is this an accurate reflection of the current Australian media?

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Sweden used to be a sanctuary for refugees. No longer

In 2015, Swedes took immense pride in the country’s decision to accept 163,000 refugees, most from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But a lot has changed since then.

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Have we already forgotten the lessons of the Ever Given?

The blocking of the Suez Canal is becoming a distant memory as consumers, governments and economies ignore the vital lessons of the debacle.

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The real reason Xi didn’t make it to the climate summit

The US criticised Xi Jinping's absence at COP26, but he had his own reason to stay away from Glasgow: consolidating power back home.

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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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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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A study of the least interesting man in the world

In The Game, Sean Kelly portrays Scott Morrison as nobody at all, a politician conjured into existence by the settings of new politics.

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What Steven Pinker gets so wrong about reason

With Rationality, Steven Pinker offers a book unable to see its own grand assumptions, resolving itself into incuriosity and platitudes time and again.

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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.