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Real wages are flying backwards on weak wages growth for workers

Today’s Wage Price Index figure shows that real wages fell by 2.7% in the year to March. And Scott Morrison wants them to fall further.

Upbeat Albanese regains momentum after new data confirms wages crisis

In the dying days of the campaign, the party leaders traditionally address the National Press Club. But Scott Morrison’s gone missing.

Albo, an Italian erotic cartoonist mistaken for Anthony Albanese, endorses Labor

@albo talks about being wrongly tagged for the Labor leader, what he knows about Australian politics, and makes an offer to Albo.

Mandarin-speaking voters are more engaged this election — for obvious reasons

Many Liberal-leaning Chinese Australians are turning away from what appears to be the Coalition’s deliberately hawkish anti-China rhetoric.

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Yes, Morrison still has a chance to win outright — Labor’s vote has peaked

The prime minister is enjoying a shift in momentum in the final fortnight of the campaign that has pushed Labor’s vote down and might deliver him minority government — or government in his own right.

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A revolution in Wentworth, a study in teal

It looks like a green-blue sky ahead for Allegra Spender as her volunteer base grows. But her Liberal opponent Dave Sharma looks just plain blue.

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The year of voting strategically — key seats to watch and consider

In a close and crowded race, the tactical implications of a vote have become more complex and more important than ever before.

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How to get your hands on government millions: tell the minister I sent you

Liberal Party connections played a key role in the fast-tracked $4 million grant made by Scott Morrison to the Pentecostal-linked Esther Foundation, now the subject of an inquiry.

‘I feel a wave of relief’ — WA government inquiry promises truth on Pentecostal-linked Esther Foundation

A government inquiry will be conducted into the Esther Foundation following Crikey’s investigation.

Trapped: Australia’s economy is hostage to the housing market, and neither party is willing to save us

The politics of Morrison’s super-for-homes announcement is obvious and desperate. But what of the economics of this ongoing obsession with the housing market?

Crypto crash a sign of these inflationary times

The reasons behind the cryptocurrency ‘bloodbath’ show how the world is likely to be affected by higher inflation and interest rates.

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Electioncast: What is Anthony Albanese’s final pitch to become Prime Minister?

After last week’s soft campaign reset by Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese made his final, impassioned case for why Labor deserves to form government.

Electioncast: How much are the parties paying Facebook to win your vote?

Major and minor parties are using Facebook, Google and other social media companies to try and reach undecided voters.

Put a fork in them, the election is almost done.

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Wanted: an MP who can deliver a good life without trashing the planet

Permaculturist and mother-of-four Delldint Fleming typically votes Greens, but this time it will be the quality of the candidate, not party politics, that will win her support.

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‘Appalling disregard’: Australia’s offshore processing slammed after leaked emails show Nauru police mocking suicide, self-harm threats

The emails show how refugees and asylum seekers are still harming themselves, even as police officers made jokes about their plight.

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Labor’s Facebook spend is far bigger than the Coalition’s — and it’s going negative

The ALP has spent 45% more than the government during the campaign trying to rectify a social media disadvantage in the 2019 election.

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Hate on the media, sure — but leave the journalists alone

Some members of the press have dropped the ball this election. But many election-setting issues have stemmed from important reporting and talented journalists.

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Tumbling markets may derail Elon Musk’s US$46 billion Twitter indulgence

Rising inflation and a bearish sell-off of tech stocks may threaten the Tesla CEO’s ambitious takeover of the social media platform.

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As Labor issues dominate the election campaign, Morrison struggles

If Albanese wins this election, Morrison’s inability to talk about his preferred subjects could turn out to be a key factor.

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Should NDIS funding and reform be an election issue? Richard Hamon’s story leaves little doubt of the answer

Instead of the NDIS making life easier for Australians with disabilities, its stalling and haggling over funds create emotional and physical distress.

Mental health a sticking issue in marginal seats hit by fires, floods and the pandemic 

Psychological help services are a major concern for the marginal seat of Gilmore, following a cluster of suicides after the region was devastated by environmental catastrophes.

American law is now hurtling towards apartheid for women

A leaked US Supreme Court decision on abortion would make women second-class citizens.

Why did the Morrison government so badly handle the pandemic? Because it favoured party mates over public servants

The shocking and often fatal consequences of the prime minister’s mishandling of the COVID plague is mind-boggling.

Healthcare for all? Sorting the facts from the rhetoric

Australia has one of the world’s best healthcare systems, but with holes in coverage widening, that title is slipping.

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Matt Canavan and the problem of the Coalition’s broad church

The Morrison government is trying to be all things to all people — and it’s failing at all of them.

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As the world burns: climate crisis turns the heat up on Labor and the Coalition

The world is sleepwalking into a catastrophe but the major parties would rather end the climate wars than seriously reduce emissions.

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Enraged, humiliated Taylor looks to block closures of coal-fired plants

Angus Taylor wants to prevent owners of coal-fired power plants from bringing forward their closures, with new rules dictating how companies will operate up to five years ahead.

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Fungi? Not so much. Why fungal infection could be the source of our next pandemic

Fungal infections are already prominent in many parts of the world. Climate change and other environmental factors are accelerating them.

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