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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.

Crikey Worm: Labor states not happy with Turnbull’s energy plan

October 18, 2017

Good morning, early birds. The next COAG "meeting" is shaping up to be more of an all-in brawl after Labor state governments announced their acute displeasure with Malcolm Turnbull's new energy plan, and the Yes vote is pulling ahead. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: renewables out, ‘dispatchables’ in

October 17, 2017 1 Comment

Good morning, early birds. The Coalition's plan to drive down power prices requires energy retailers to buy a certain amount of "dispatchable power", and Iraqi forces attempt to reclaim areas of the country from the Kurds. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: government set to announce new energy plan

October 16, 2017 4 Comments

Good morning, early birds. The government will finally -- finally -- reveal its energy plan this week as a report from the ACCC reveals the true cause of energy bill price increases, and the US demands a "please explain" from Australia after last week's defence contractor hack. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.