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Sniffer dogs at stage left: the NSW government's war on festivals

Sniffer dogs at stage left: the NSW government's war on festivals

Festivals are being priced out of existence by a government bent on avoiding bad PR. Crikey looks at the chaos in the festival industry.

The PR firms running Tasmanian community newspapers

The PR firms running Tasmanian community newspapers

A small Tasmanian community newspaper is relaunching after News Corp sold it to a public relations agency last year, and it's not a unique case.

Liberal Party’s woman problem set to emerge on Q&A tonight

Liberal Party’s woman problem set to emerge on Q&A tonight

For the first time in months, female panelists will dominate Q&A. They should have plenty to talk about too.

Is my hometown doomed to burn?

Is my hometown doomed to burn?

People stayed after Ash Wednesday because they thought it was the worst of the worst. They left because Black Saturday showed them it wasn't.

An Apple store in Fed Square would betray the entire city

An Apple store in Fed Square would betray the entire city

It’s a measure of how corroded by cynicism Labor has become that this proposal got anywhere at all. It is an act of political cowardice.

Outside Tassie, Labor did best from gambling donations

Outside Tassie, Labor did best from gambling donations

If Labor bore the brunt of the gambling industry's power in Tasmania, elsewhere it enjoys a strong relationship with the pokies.

30 years since Fitzgerald, it’s time to make Queensland sex work safe

30 years since Fitzgerald, it’s time to make Queensland sex work safe

A Labor government concerned about workers’ rights cannot overlook these issues any longer.

Billion-dollar rort: how governments allowed Murray-Darling irrigators to rip us off

Billion-dollar rort: how governments allowed Murray-Darling irrigators to rip us off

Irrigators have been getting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer handouts to return water to the Murray-Darling when far less expensive, and more effective, ways of achieving the same goal have been ignored by governments.

Why is everyone pitching to Queensland this election?

Why is everyone pitching to Queensland this election?

It's an election year and both Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten are heading to Queensland. But why?