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The Australian War Memorial: from place of national solace to nationalist theme park

The demolition will soon begin on the Australian War Memorial, to make way for a celebration of white nationalism.

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Dear PM, you need to save the nation’s memory bank

An open letter from over 150 writers, academics, and prominent Australians urges the government to stop the neglect of the National Archives and protect the nation's history.

Libs lose two weapons in their war on super, but the guns are still cocked

As always, the Liberal Party wants to destroy industry super — and its latest legislation is still skewed despite two key weapons being removed.

Monster or hero? There really are no other labels left for Ben Roberts-Smith

The defamation trial mesmerising Australia comes down to just this: is Ben Roberts-Smith a murderer or an innocent man?

Hegemony and ideology: David Brophy’s China Panic offers up an alternative pathway to the Middle Kingdom

The new book that digs into the weeds of our China Panic, and shatters some of the more annoying shibboleths that abound.

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The whiteboard bungle: teachers are on the front line — but not for the vaccine queue

Our teachers don't just educate our children — they guide them, comfort them and protect them. But when it comes to their own health, it seems the government isn't as protective.


Still can’t — or don’t want to — call Australia home? Not all stranded expats are clamouring for flights

The Australian High Commission is struggling to fill seats on return flights to Australia for expats stranded in the UK.

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Is it ethical for the former WA treasurer to join the Rio Tinto and Woodside boards?

It's certainly a good look to appoint the first Indigenous director of a major Australian company. But when he was previously the tax man, the picture blurs a little.

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Self-styled self-help guru Jordan Peterson is a dangerous thug

A charlatan with a toxic message about women is building more bitterness into the men's rights movement.

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Can we sue the Morrison government? The calls are getting louder but the answer stays the same…

This prime minister and his motley crew have lied, misled and shredded long-established norms of behaviour. No wonder citizens are rising up.

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In vino veritas: is the second-cheapest wine on the menu really a bad buy?

The maxim has long been to not buy the second-cheapest wine on the list. But does that stand up?

Should our borders stay closed against morphing COVID strains, or open up?

Is there any sense in being isolated when all we have to do is get vaccinated to get on top of the virus? Yes — and no.

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The economy may be roaring back, but the people will have far less money to do the shouting

The government wants to wave it off. Traditional media want to ignore it. But zero wage growth is starting to be recognised as a real threat to Australia’s future.

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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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Lies, truth and the law: is the legal system any help when tackling a powerful dissembler?

It’s one thing to prove that what Morrison said was untrue, incorrect or exaggerated. But there are several possible explanations for that, only one of which is that he deliberately lied.

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Morrison’s lies cover up a lack of substance and interest in governing. Any solace? He’s not alone

While Scott Morrison lacks the theatricality of counterpart liars Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, he shares the same hollowness, a lack of substance covered by incessant deception.

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Talking tactics: we analyse just how Scott Morrison manipulates the narrative to get his own way

Outright lies are only the half of it. A linguistic analysis reveals how other aspects of the PM’s methods — bluster, bullying, evasion, feigned ignorance — all serve to damage political culture.

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‘A tricky wee bastard’: On blame for the recent outbreak

Crikey readers have their say on the blame game surrounding the latest COVID-19 outbreak, and discuss the realities of proposed solutions.

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Vaccine hesitancy still a major sticking point for the rollout, and people are asking: where’s my choice?

Reports of blood clots after AstraZeneca vaccinations are still worrying an awful lot of people. Below, Crikey readers have their say.

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Clive Palmer’s anti-vax ads are proof of his descent into vaccine conspiracy madness

The billionaire's radio segments implying that vaccinations are more dangerous than COVID-19 are horribly misleading, and the last thing Australia needs.

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A global crime sting and a Morrison lie pave the way for Australians to lose even more of their privacy

How has a successful global crime sting led our befuddled prime minister into thinking Australia is incapable of protecting its national security?

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Labor and its imaginary friends: why the party’s traditional core is not an election winner

Labor's reliance on a traditional voting base is failing to take into account the steadily changing nature of employment, and workers, in Australia.

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‘Illuminating but depressing’: responses to Morrison’s lies series keep coming

The feedback to our series on Scott Morrison's lies and falsehoods was phenomenal, so much so that we needed another Your Say to share all the responses.

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News Corp covers transgender issues more than any other Australian media outlet. And it’s mostly negative

Researchers investigating how major news publications represented transgender issues and people found what could be described as a crusade against trans Australians.

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Stokes-backed charity starts legal fight fund for soldiers accused of war crimes

The SAS Resources Fund is raising money for soldiers who face war crimes accusations.

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Greenpeace 1, AGL 0: energy giant loses big on logo trademark fight

The Federal Court has ruled Greenpeace did not infringe trademark laws when it used AGL's logo in its satirical advertising.

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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.

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Money talks, and political donors know they’ll be heard loud and clear

There appears to be consensus among Crikey readers: donations to political parties are a serious flaw in our democracy.

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Campaign finance is a big problem — here’s how we could go about fixing it

Reforms could help quell the dark impact of money in Australian politics — but even if we could we get them done, would our elected officials want to?

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Zones of corruption: how property development inherently challenges democracy

It's one of the longest-standing and most pervasive forms of soft corruption in Australian politics: local, state and federal.