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No case for dragging politicians’ personal lives through the media

No case for dragging politicians’ personal lives through the media

Bernard Keane October 23, 2017

Politicians' personal lives should always be a no-go unless there's a compelling public interest case for dragging them through the media.

View from the ‘accessible’ section: Victoria’s delirious, heartening euthanasia vote

View from the ‘accessible’ section: Victoria’s delirious, heartening euthanasia vote

Crikey October 23, 2017

My vantage point from the "accessible" section of the public gallery was one of the few perks of being, as far as I know, the only visibly seriously physically sick or disabled person to attend the sitting, writes activist and blogger Nia Sims.

Bishop demonstrates that when in a hole, it’s best to stop digging

Bishop demonstrates that when in a hole, it’s best to stop digging

Bernard Keane October 20, 2017 14 Comments

Julie Bishop made a dill of herself over New Zealand. The fact that she hasn't worked it out suggests her lack of judgement continues.

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?

Max Chalmers 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.

Michaelia Cash’s jobs figures don’t add up

Michaelia Cash’s jobs figures don’t add up

Alan Austin October 20, 2017 6 Comments

The Employment Minister tends to boast impressive figures in her monthly report on jobs growth, but just a little digging turns up a lot of fool's gold.

Australians’ love for local car manufacturing is misplaced

Australians’ love for local car manufacturing is misplaced

Bernard Keane October 20, 2017 19 Comments

The car industry cost Australians billions of dollars based on a misguided sense that car manufacturing was more important than other industries. But in retrospect, it looks cheap.

Manus messenger: podcasting blurred memories from an island prison

Manus messenger: podcasting blurred memories from an island prison

Crikey October 20, 2017 3 Comments

Aziz has been telling me about his life and reporting his experiences in the detention centre. From these fragments, we’ve compiled a podcast, The Messenger, writes freelance journalist Michael Green.

Rundle: those opposed to euthanasia are on the side of reason

Rundle: those opposed to euthanasia are on the side of reason

Guy Rundle October 19, 2017 64 Comments

People opposed to euthanasia are not the "emotional" ones. And, for the moment, it is impossible to justify voluntary assisted dying from a left perspective.

Where is the government condemnation of Rio Tinto?

Where is the government condemnation of Rio Tinto?

Bernard Keane October 19, 2017 11 Comments

The Brits had a go at Rio Tinto and have already settled. The Americans are now having their go. But in Australia, our corporate regulator is studiously silent.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the unseemly message Tony Abbott left on my voicemail

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the unseemly message Tony Abbott left on my voicemail

Derryn Hinch October 19, 2017 11 Comments

It's not every day a former PM gives you such gratuitous advice.