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The best (and worst) of the secret minister memes from Australian politicians

Crafting a finely honed meme is no easy task. And in the wake of revelations of Scott Morrison’s secret ministries, whose gags landed best?

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Looks like nothing can save the governor-general this time either

David Hurley stirred things up, according to Crikey readers — almost as much as the former PM.

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The Manchurian president’s worst act yet

No one knows why Trump took top-secret classified documents and what happened to them next. But we can safely assume the ex-president has exposed America and its allies to dangers.

So many questions, so few answers. We asked a lawyer to unravel Morrison’s biggest lies

You’re wondering just what the former prime minister did, what it meant and how he got away with it, aren’t you? Let’s try to make sense of it all.

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Scott and the spinning Jenny, Josh, prime prime minister and king of the world

The former prime minister was one for all (jobs) and all for one (him) — he just couldn’t help his colleagues out enough.

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Morrison has been in our midst for 15 years — now we’re scrambling to know him

What Scott Morrison is capable of has been evident since he entered public life. His skill has been hiding his strangest qualities from our sight.

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James Packer ruins Peter Costello’s birthday bash with allegations about ‘secret $300k lobbying’

It has been claimed by James Packer that Peter Costello was secretly paid $300,000 by him or on his behalf to lobby Victoria’s gaming minister, and seemingly failed to deliver.

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Australia’s media bargaining code led the world. It’s time to get tougher on Facebook and finish what we started

The code ensured big tech platforms Facebook and Google would help fund public interest journalism. But as former ACCC head Rod Sims writes, there’s more that can be done.

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Far away in a one-party state, a newspaper flexes its muscles. But is anyone paying attention?

The WA opposition and West Australian have targeted high-profile members of the McGowan government, but their aim may be off.

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News Corp delivers strong performance in a market cold on subscription businesses

After what seemed like a long period of running on the spot, the giant media organisation is delighted that its shares have risen 5%.

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Why Spain aims to become Europe’s first country to introduce menstrual leave

Period pain is rarely pitched as a valid cause for work leave. But there is a growing movement to change this.

‘Pushed out of the emergency department’: a patient’s monkeypox ordeal

Avron Woolf claims he was pushed out of the ED after being told it couldn’t arrange transport, and ‘kicked, kneed, elbowed’ by police.

Imported stigma: Roe v Wade distorts Australia’s reproductive rights fight

New research has found that Australians’ opinions and attitudes to abortion are strongly influenced by what is happening in the US.

On aged care salaries, underpaying workers is costing us dearly

The cost of not paying aged care workers properly is far greater than the sums required to fund a proper workforce.

A victory in Kansas shows the sense of Australia’s abortion rights strategy

The referendum in Kansas saw 60% of voters protecting abortion rights, which bodes well for American women looking to claw back their legal dignity and liberty.

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Denialism’s downside: is Dutton now losing even his fossil fuel donors?

Peter Dutton’s decision to mindlessly oppose Labor’s climate bill won’t make fossil fuel companies happy — an unusual position for a party that has worked so assiduously in their interests for so long.

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Flying in the face of fact: are we all celebrities when it comes to emissions?

Whether you’re on a private jet or sitting at the back of a commercial plane, flying is still an elite, carbon-intensive pastime.

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Chris Bowen’s climate bill is too weak, but it starts to repair after a decade of disaster

The climate minister’s bill is a good start on climate decision-making. It could be a lot better, but it begins a process of much-needed recovery.

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‘Labor’s plan isn’t good enough’: young climate activists dragged out of Parliament

‘The police started dragging us out immediately without a chance to speak,’ a protest organiser said.

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