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America needs more than a Biden win to regain its legitimacy

Even if Joe Biden manages to pull off the giant win needed to snuff Trump, the question of the US' lost legitimacy will remain unresolved.

Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Georgia this week (Image: AP/Andrew Harnik)

Could Joe Biden turn these red states blue?

A Crikey guide to the traditionally red states that Joe Biden has a good chance at winning in the US election.

New High Court justices Simon Steward and Jacqueline Gleeson (Image: AAP/Federal Court)

Supreme Court confirmation signals collapse of American democracy. Could it happen here?

On paper, America's process for selecting judges is proofed against partisanship and corruption, while ours is open to all kinds of malfeasance. Yet in practice it's a different story altogether.

George Brandis’ falsehoods about data retention exposed by Liberal-led committee

It's official: a government-controlled committee has shown we were lied to about who would be able to access our metadata.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and opposition leader Deb Frecklington (AAP/Darren England)

Frecklington v Palaszczuk: who are they and what do they want?

A pocket guide to the two women leading the major parties to Saturday's Queensland state election.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

Reality shifts in the latest instalment of the Spiv-tionary

Another day, another edition of our all-singing, all-dancing, all-shonking compendium of shifty language.

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

R.I.P. inflation. Now onto more important things, like jobs

With inflation out for the count, the RBA can fulfil its goal of focusing on full employment.

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

Racism, pledges of allegiance, and spying — the human cost of Australian-Sino relations gone bad

With anti-Chinese racism on the rise, it's little wonder so many Chinese Australians are choosing to stay quiet — and Australia is weaker for it.

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito)

Crisis lessons: first up, read the room and know who you’re talking to

Some of Australia's most prominent businesspeople can't seem to understand the fundamentals of how to manage a crisis.

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Getting the Oz’s attention … Do you hear that Echo? … A haunting health message

ACM hears an echo, plus News Corp finally finds a Kevin Rudd story that interests them. Read the latest tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.

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Morrison's net zero-sum game

Scott Morrison is ignoring international pressure to take "bold action" on the climate emergency, and Victoria's opposition has reportedly received approval for a parliamentary inquiry into the state's contact tracing system.

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Dollars, sense and sexual harassment: when share price is all that matters

The AMP controversy proves it: companies will not remove accused harassers until the share price plummets.

Government guarantees fuel disabled homes investment rush with double-digit returns

The federal government has turned disability housing into an investment honey pot for all comers. But who really benefits?

Michael Keenan (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The disability provider, the ex-minister and the government-fuelled gold rush

The lucrative, government-fuelled world of specialised disability accommodation is becoming a new gold rush — and has advisers watching for conflicts of interest.

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Mable’s PR spinners ‘disappointed’ in Crikey’s revelations

Inq's investigation into the eyebrow-raising government contract awarded to Mable Technologies has led to a 'disappointed' reaction from the company's PR representatives.

Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck and Greens Senator Rachel Siewert (Images: AAP)

Minister supports calls for aged care royal commission to investigate Mable contract

There have been crossbench calls for the royal commission to examine the government's tender process for controversial work provider app Mable — and even the aged care minister has given his in-principle support.

Anthony Fauci would love the US to be more like Australia. Here’s why

Anthony Fauci on a coronavirus vaccine, Australia's pandemic response and wearing a mask.

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

Melbourne’s lockdown relief is palpable, but so are concerns that low hospital spending makes the city vulnerable

Experts are desperately trying to find any cracks in the system that could let the virus loose again.

Protesters aiming to protect the Djab Wurrung trees from destruction by Vic Roads in 2019 (Image: Supplied)

Tree felled under cover of COVID … US Navy gets twitchy … minor moments in Qld

The Andrews government has taken advantage of Victoria's interest in eased restrictions to destroy the sacred Djab Wurrung directions tree. Plus other tips from the Crikey bunker.

Police patrol Bourke St, Melbourne during curfew in August (Image: AAP/Erik Anderson)

Trouble in the bubble: is Daniel Andrews losing the battle and the war?

As Victoria records no new cases today, is the state's premier starting to lose control, after appearing steady all this time?

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Anthony Fauci would love the US to be more like Australia. Here’s why

Anthony Fauci on a coronavirus vaccine, Australia's pandemic response and wearing a mask.

Police patrol Bourke St, Melbourne during curfew in August (Image: AAP/Erik Anderson)

Trouble in the bubble: is Daniel Andrews losing the battle and the war?

As Victoria records no new cases today, is the state's premier starting to lose control, after appearing steady all this time?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and marketing consultant Jim Reed (inset) (Images: AAP/Lukas Coch; LinkedIn)

Morrison’s million dollar marketing machine: how taxpayers are funding government messaging

Labor has accused the government of using taxpayer money for political research from a connected consultant. Is this a case of the Coalition helping itself, or all above board?


Four years on, has Trump delivered on his 2016 promises? Here’s a scorecard

Mexico hasn't paid for a wall, manufacturing jobs are whacked and the swamp remains undrained — but Trump has managed to hit a few goals.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

From the Spiv-tionary: when they say what they mean do they mean what they say?

Double meanings, or just double Dutch? Welcome to volume seven of Crikey's Spiv-tionary.

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The unravelling: how Australian-Sino relations became about the politics of dissent

Relations between Canberra and Beijing are at a 40-year low. Crikey speaks to the experts about both the why and the way forward.

Kevin Rudd (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

Rudd’s anti-Murdoch petition set to rewrite the e-books

Kevin Rudd’s Murdoch royal commission petition is inching towards a new signatures record — but where does it sit among other big petitions over the years?

A fake news code won’t fact-check the internet

Australia is making small steps in the mission to pressure big tech platforms to take responsibility for disinformation. Will it be enough?

The age of media uncertainty: 6 lessons journalists have learned since 2016

What's changed since the last US presidential election? And what does that mean for us?

Rupert Murdoch (Image: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Murdoch’s power: how it works and how it debases Australia

Media power prowls in the dark but its presence, its threat, its strength isn't hidden. It's there to see in fawning politicians and public officials.

Daryl Maguire arrives at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

‘Colourful’ entries for the Spiv-tionary fly in thick and fast

We hope the latest edition of the Spiv-tionary is of 'sufficient substance'.