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Is Scullion really ending his ‘racist’ welfare program?

October 30, 2017 3 Comments

If reports are anything to go by, Nigel Scullion's sudden promotion to leader of the Nationals isn't the only big change coming for him.

Crikey Worm: Palaszczuk calls an early election

October 30, 2017 1 Comment

Good morning, early birds. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called the state election early, and the Citizenship Seven drama has stranded the federal government in unknown political waters. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: crunch time for the Citizenship Seven

October 27, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The postal survey, the AWU raid, the dual-citizenship scandal -- it all comes to a head for the Coalition. Plus, the government has knocked back a proposal to establish a permanent Indigenous advisory body to parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: Cash staffer resigns following union raid blowback

October 26, 2017 2 Comments

Good morning, early birds. As expected, Monday's raid on Bill Shorten's old union has blown up in the government's face, with at least one casualty so far. And a damning report on the state of aged care facilities in Australia has led the government to promise tighter checks on nursing homes. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: Shorten’s union raided

October 25, 2017 4 Comments

Good morning, early birds. The offices of Bill Shorten's old stomping ground have been raided by the Australian Federal Police, and the Productivity Commission has delivered a report arguing for the re-introduction of a carbon price. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: Rudd joins the NBN blame game

October 24, 2017 2 Comments

Good morning, early birds. Kevin Rudd has hit back at the government's blame-shifting for the NBN debacle, and Australian refugee lawyers fight to keep the Manus Island detention centre open. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: NBN routed

October 23, 2017 3 Comments

Good morning, early birds. NBN CEO Bill Morrow has warned the company will struggle to ever make a profit (as it is required to do), and New South Wales and Victoria top the states' economic scorecard. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Why has the euthanasia debate been less feral than that of marriage equality?

October 20, 2017 32 Comments

The battle surrounding assisted-dying legislation has been muted compared to the fist-fight that has been the push for marriage equality.

Crikey Worm: Jacinda Ardern to be New Zealand’s next PM

October 20, 2017

Good morning, early birds. New Zealand queenmaker Winston Peters has struck a deal with the Labour Party that will elevate Jacinda Ardern to the country's highest parliamentary office, and Victorian MPs pull an all-nighter on euthanasia. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: has Turnbull just signed the Coalition up to an ETS?

October 19, 2017 1 Comment

Good morning, early birds. The rollout of the NDIS is lagging, with an estimated $1.2 billion needed to bring things up to speed. Plus, Malcolm Turnbull's national energy guarantee is starting to look suspiciously like an emissions trading scheme. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.