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  • Keneally: the developer loving ventriloquist dummy

    New NSW Premier Kristina Keneally puts her core political promise as social justice. Does that apply to the hundreds of building approvals she ticked for developers who also donate hundreds of thousands to the ALP?

  • Oquist: Christian Kerr has nailed the Greens

    Christian Kerr has nailed the Greens. At last he has written something on the money.

  • Andrew Bartlett on Oquist and the EPBC

    The Howard Government may have made the wilful ignoring of reality an everyday requirement in political debate these days, but it is still disappointing when his opponents are so eager to score political points that they are prepared to show the same blithe disregard for the facts. Sadly, Ben Oquist’s piece in Crikey smearing WWF […]

  • Ben Oquist on the British election

    Tony Blair’s election win with 35.2% of the vote will spark a renewed debate about proportional representation in the UK. The same should happen in Australia. As Crikey has discussed previously, parties here have all too regularly won elections (both state and federal) with less than 50% of the vote. For the British Labour party […]

  • Ben Oquist – a Labor response

    Dear Crikey, Christian Kerr is really making himself look silly with his incessant anti-Greens hysteria. Christian is well aware that proportional representation is the fairest type of electoral system. (No Ben, it’s not if you get elected with a hundred or so votes like the Outdoor recreation party did in NSW upper house.) To support […]

  • Ben Oquist boxes on

    Dear Crikey, Christian Kerr is really making himself look silly with his incessant anti-Greens hysteria. Christian is well aware that proportional representation is the fairest type of electoral system. To support anything else is to oppose democracy. From Iraq to Europe to New Zealand it is the norm. It’s based on the radical principle of […]

  • Protester shot as Hong Kong violence escalates

    Good morning, early birds. Protests in Hong Kong have escalated dramatically as police shoot a protester, and Scott Morrison fields some difficult questions about recent requests from Donald Trump. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

  • Queensland government pledges to work towards a treaty

    Good morning, early birds. The Queensland government has pledged to work towards a treaty with the state's Indigenous people, and Labor and retirees argue that the government’s $600 million deeming rate changes are insufficient. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

  • All aboard the Boris bus: how the media fuelled the would-be PM

    Boris Johnson's career has been endlessly propelled by the media’s self-flagellating narrative of 'charm' and 'inevitability'.

  • Morrison’s tax mandate hits a snag in the senate

    Good morning, early birds. The Coalition's plan for a quick passing of tax cuts has been challenged by senate crossbenchers, and Scott Morrison calls for an end to "nastiness" in politics in his first televised interview. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.