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Eliza Berlage

Freelance writer

What does it take to run for federal parliament?

Australians are often told if they don’t like how politics is going they should do something about it. But how?

Protesters are seen at the front entrance of the Labor Party National Conference in Adelaide (Image: AAP/Kelly Barnes)

What exactly did Labor sell at the 2018 national conference?

Unlike the Liberals or the Greens, Labor runs an open shop during its national conference — but it is more like a display window then a factory floor.

(Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The givings and misgivings of Christmas in Parliament House 

It’s the most wonderful (read: stressful) time of the year.

The mess after the spill

A month on from the leadership spill, and things are far from "business as usual". Crikey speaks to public servants about what effects this chaos really has within government departments. 

Diplo-brat pack: Canberra's politically savvy kids steal the limelight

A ten year old joining a political party? Not that strange if you live in Canberra, home to our nation's most politically active youths.

A short history of animal antics in Parliament House

The politicians aren't the only animals causing a ruckus at Parliament House.

How one bonk ban cock-blocked an entire city

Canberra’s late-night watering hole, Public Bar in Manuka, was once a bustling hotspot for piss-ups and hook-ups. But since the bonk ban, the notorious nightspot has become a ghost of its former self.

The end of greyhound racing? On the track at the ACT's final race meet

This week, greyhound racing became illegal in the ACT. Depending who you're talking to, that's either worth celebration or it's total "bullshit".

You've got hate mail (and there's not a lot you can do about it)

Some inflammatory pamphlets that caused a stir during the postal survey are back, and they raise a more general question about what standards we should accept in our mailboxes.