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Public servants: escaping the budget axe — a work-in-progress

Public servants: escaping the budget axe — a work-in-progress

Crikey May 13, 2014 1 Comment

Bureaucratic deck chairs have been shuffled, some tossed overboard, but in the main the good ship HMAS Australia has come through relatively unscathed, writes The Mandarin publisher Tom Burton.

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Crikey Intern January 17, 2014 5 Comments

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

They do, at least for a week: your invite to Australia’s first gay marriages

They do, at least for a week: your invite to Australia’s first gay marriages

Crikey December 9, 2013

Gay couples in the ACT are nervously awaiting a decision on whether their historic new unions will stand. Farz Edraki attended some of the country's first same-sex weddings for Crikey.

The war on whistleblowers — it’s come to Australia

The war on whistleblowers — it’s come to Australia

Bernard Keane December 4, 2013 32 Comments

The tactics of the Obama administration's war on whistleblowers and journalists have now been openly deployed in Australia. The Coalition government is on the attack.

How high-speed rail could destroy your suburb

How high-speed rail could destroy your suburb

Bernard Keane December 2, 2013 15 Comments

Protecting the corridor of a high-speed rail network that will never be built will inflict significant damage on outer suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

How the ACT gay marriage law is designed to fail

How the ACT gay marriage law is designed to fail

Crikey October 31, 2013 13 Comments

The ACT gay marriage act is in deliberate breach of the constitution and is designed only to embarrass the Prime Minister, writes gay rights activist and former Democrats leader Brian Greig.

Canberra: dream city or nightmare?

Canberra: dream city or nightmare?

Crikey October 25, 2013 8 Comments

Canberra: a great place to live, or akin to being embalmed alive in a dull, overly planned city of public servants? We asked our readers to decide, and the verdict was clear. Read the winners in our Crikey comp here ...

Essential: same-sex marriage opposition falls

Essential: same-sex marriage opposition falls

Bernard Keane October 22, 2013 1 Comment

Opposition to same-sex marriage is fading, and Tony Abbott's approval is picking up, today's Essential Report finds.

The looming legal battle over ACT gay marriage

The looming legal battle over ACT gay marriage

Crikey October 14, 2013 1 Comment

It looks like the ACT will pass same-sex marriage laws, and the feds will try to knock them down in the High Court. ANU constitutional law lecturer Ryan Goss looks at the legal aspects of the looming stoush.

The trick question that may stall ACT gay marriage laws

The trick question that may stall ACT gay marriage laws

Crikey October 3, 2013 1 Comment

The ACT wants to legalise gay marriage but there's a bevvy of legal challenges the bill could face. David Donaldson lists the obstacles ... and finds the big problem could be divorce, not marriage.