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Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Crikey Worm: renewables out, 'dispatchables' in

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

Crikey Worm: government set to announce new energy plan

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.

Crikey Worm: US splits with UNESCO, claiming 'anti-Israel bias'

Crikey Worm: US splits with UNESCO, claiming 'anti-Israel bias'

Good morning, early birds. The US has announced it's leaving the UN's heritage agency, and Australians' private health insurance system is getting a facelift. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: scorned solicitor-general returns to haunt the government

Crikey Worm: scorned solicitor-general returns to haunt the government

Good morning, early birds. A familiar face returns to haunt the government at the High Court, and One Nation relegates Queensland's LNP to preference purgatory after a kerfuffle in Western Australia. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: ignorance is bliss for five of 'citizenship seven'

Crikey Worm: ignorance is bliss for five of 'citizenship seven'

Good morning, early birds. The Solicitor-General pleads ignorance to the High Court on behalf of senators and MPs found to be dual citizens, and Julie Bishop refuses to take a stand on marriage equality. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Crikey Worm: Abbott believes in climate change, says it's probably good though

Crikey Worm: Abbott believes in climate change, says it's probably good though

Erstwhile prime minister and globetrotting guest lecturer Tony Abbott has extolled the benefits of climate change at a gathering of "climate sceptics". Plus, the government has admitted a national security contractor was hacked last year. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.