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It’s official. Australia has no idea what it’s doing on China. 

Australian politicians are slamming China while preparing to sign a free trade deal with a widely discredited administration that is subjugated to Beijing. What planet are they living on?

Don’t call him by his name: Australian media and the Christchurch shooter

In the days following the Christchurch terror attack, Jacinda Ardern implored the world not to use the killer's name. Has the Australian media paid attention?

You’re already paying a congestion tax — a bad one

You may not like the idea of a congestion price for motorists, but you're already paying one in the form of time spent stuck in traffic.

Can Morrison’s ‘digital gurus’ save Boris Johnson?

The strategists credited with the Liberal Party's digital wins at the election are taking their skills to the beleaguered UK Tories.

Why are Australian writers going home empty-handed?

Another local literary prize has refused to award a winner. This can have a crushing effect on a tough winner-takes-all economy.

How the struggle of the Kurds is co-opted for Western ‘oppression capital’

The Kurds have always striven to make their struggle universal, but left identitarians won't be happy until that struggle is branded by identity politics.

Murdoch bombshell coming to a screen near you

The latest headache for the Murdoch media empire: a new film about the Roger Ailes harassment scandal.

Banking inquiry is just another short-sighted call

Crikey readers on the government's interest rate inquiry, and the media's troubled approach to free speech.

'Farcical' Queen's speech pushes October Brexit

‘Farcical’ Queen’s speech pushes October Brexit

Good morning, early birds. Critics have denounced the Queen's speech to parliament as a 'farce', and Penny Wong fires back at Scott Morrison's new nationalistic rhetoric. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

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How to make it big, big, BIG in investment publishing

Port Phillip Publishing is the largest independent investment publisher in the country. But its sensational approach has seen the business run afoul of regulators, competitors and even their own subscribers.

INQ

China’s enemies of the state in Australia

CHAPTER TWO : China's surveillance operations in Australia have spiked dramatically in recent years. Inq speaks to one dissident who spent a week being interrogated in a Chinese hotel room and says there is a network of informants operating on Australian soil.

INQ

Why did the government declare war on the AAT? To uphold ‘community standards’

CHAPTER ELEVEN: The government justifies its reshaping of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by claiming it brings it into line with 'community standards'. For some seeking the tribunal's judgement, the changes could mean life or death.

INQ

Inside the mind of the paedophile priest

CHAPTER ONE: Almost 1900 child sexual abusers have been identified in Australian Catholic churches. The average victim was under 12. What led people to commit such horrible crimes on such a staggering scale?  

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The amnesiacs’ interest rate inquiry

People in Canberra have short memories, but do we really need another inquiry into why the banks don't pass on interest rate cuts?

Fairweather foe: Bob Carr changes tack on Assange

Bob Carr now lauds Julian Assange for "delivering on our right to know". But when he could do something about Assange's treatment, he had a very different view.

What is the ABC for?

Crikey tries to unravel and distill some of the crucial questions we think the ABC should be asking itself in this post-Guthrie/Milne era.


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