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Nine lives? Crown thrown another lifeline despite scathing royal commission report

The casino giant has managed to keep its licence but will have a 'special manager' to keep an eye on things. Will that be enough?

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Scott Morrison’s net zero pivot is about winning an election, not getting serious on climate change

It also means the PM can save face with AUKUS buddies Boris Johnson and Joe Biden when he goes to Glasgow this week.

Concerned staffers and hard conversations: the ‘difficult’ moment Berejiklian discussed relationship

Former staffers of Gladys Berejiklian are appearing at NSW ICAC hearings, discussing what they knew about her 'close personal relationship'.

How Republicans cheat Americans out of having the government they want

Democrats use the gerrymander too, but the GOP is brazen. Only automatic voter registration can ensure free and fair US elections.

Restoration of rights: living with COVID means returning personal freedoms

Australians have accepted the shelving of certain rights and freedoms during the pandemic. Now we must ask what we want back.

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Just what is the point of Barnaby Joyce?

For someone said to be one of the country's best retail politicians, Joyce and his National Party have few achievements to brag about.

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Farewell, NSW, my job here is done…

And now John Barilaro. Another one bites the dust as the state government shitshow just keeps on giving.

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Crown AGM set to be a cracker — and it won’t be the only one

Remuneration strikes, withdrawn constitutional amendments and 'Twiggy' Forrest dodging scrutiny. Stay tuned for scandals and dramas in this year’s corporate AGM season.

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Royal commission damns Crown as ‘disgraceful’. But it still keeps its licence

However, the government has promised to introduce measures to rein in the future risk of further exploitative behaviour.

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Dear Leslie: Are social media pile-ons justified, or is it just mob rule?

Online cancel culture may be rough justice but there are times when it gets the job done. Ethicist Leslie Cannold tackles a thorny topic.

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There’s a looming post-COVID news hole as the media caravan moves on

As the dominant news story of the last two years fades into memory, how should the media consider COVID and its legacy?

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The National Party is based on a myth. Here is why

Jobs in regional Australia have been transforming for years — and the pandemic is set to push them even further. So who has their eyes on the road?

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COVID and school: it’s not just a learning experience. It could save kids’ lives

Children will be exposed to COVID if schools reopen. But evidence of long-term physical and mental harm under lockdown may make exposure the lesser of two evils.

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Pfizer v lockdown: vaccine contract leak shows what might have been

A release of documents has revealed the cost of Pfizer vaccine doses around the world. It's another sore reminder of Australia's bungled rollout, despite our outsized purchasing power.

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Don’t mess with Texas … stay home staffers … bad news for wizard fans

We can't expect Ted Cruz to have a real idea about what's going on in 'Texas of the Pacific' Australia, but maybe he should do a little research. Plus more from the Crikey bunker.

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Australia locked out the world. Now it’s returning the favour

Since COVID, Australians struggle to work out how to open up to each other, let alone relate to other countries. But it's time to remedy that.

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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 2030 is a bridge too near for climate culprit politicians

Why is the government so reluctant to embrace a worthwhile 2030 emissions target, but happy to talk up big changes by 2050? Because 2030 is uncomfortably close for the current generation of ministers.

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The market will push Australia to net zero — even if our politicians won’t

Unstoppable forces, social and economic, will get Australia to net zero. But will the journey be smooth or wrenching?

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Scott Morrison’s net zero deal: the key questions that must be answered

How much has it cost Australian taxpayers to get the Nationals on board so the PM can go to Glasgow with a spring in his step? We don't know.

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After a secret deal, Nats agree to net zero. Just don’t ask how much they’re getting in return

Don't be fooled: the Nationals haven’t given up fighting tooth and nail to support the fossil fuel industry.

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Millions of people are quitting their jobs. But will Australia miss out on ‘The Great Resignation’?

A lack of government support, among other things, could dampen workers' confidence to take career risks.

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The stack, the rort and the backhander: the self-serving plays corrupting government

Taken together, these peculiarly Australian practices are taking the ideological conflict out of politics, replacing it with debates about process and administration.

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Was Ten a good faith reporter of the Parliament House scandals?

The Ten Network was an important player in the coverage of the workplace and gender issues that roiled Parliament House earlier this year. But did it have workplace issues of its own in its press gallery office?

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Free-speech warriors want Grace Tame to sit down, shut up and stop giving a voice to the silenced

To Janet Albrechtsen and the free-speech brigade, advocating for survivors is 'partisan' and having an opinion is 'dividing the nation'. Really?

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Colin Powell may be gone, but his doctrine lives on in Joe Biden

As the Biden administration and a new generation of US policymakers learn the hard lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan, the words of the former secretary of state ring true: 'you break it, you own it'.

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Pandora Papers reveal the fatal flaw in the West’s fight against autocracy

Western countries and the anonymous financial secrecy tools they provide are playing a critical role in propping up autocratic regimes — the same ones they purport to fight.

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Build Back Better — US takes its fight with China on the road

The West finally has an answer to China's Belt and Road Initiative. Will it stand up?

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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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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.

Chronicling an uneasy clash between the political and the moral

Scott Ryan's essay provides insights into how a working politician of a certain type of liberalism thinks -- and also works as a guide to their march to extinction. 

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Historians versus hysterians

A brilliant and moving work on how we came to be shows how radical history revives the past in ways that right-wing history fails to.

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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.