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Abbott’s place is on the backbench

Abbott’s place is on the backbench

Tony Abbott's ministerial history suggests he is best left on the backbench, not allowed to cause chaos in cabinet.

Defence deal is Singapore special fried pork

Defence deal is Singapore special fried pork

Singapore is taking a risk in entering into a defence deal with a known US ally -- but China's influence is not what it used to be.

Reservist wins ADF place back, with homophobic comments protected speech

Reservist wins ADF place back, with homophobic comments protected speech

ADF's sacking of Bernard Gaynor has been overturned, with his homophobic and transphobic comments deemed political communication.

Confused about our stance on foreign investment? So is everyone else.

Confused about our stance on foreign investment? So is everyone else.

Australia's position on Chinese investment is deeply confusing -- and not just for investors, but for our allies as well.

Tips and rumours: share the boats?

Tips and rumours: share the boats?

The Australian Border Force received the last of eight Cape Class patrol boats at the start of this month, on time, and seemingly on budget, with not a whiff of a press release, no minister or PM photo opportunity. Why the silence in a government that reportedly wanted weekly national security announceables up until the […]

All your ISIS are belong to us: we’re fighting terrorism with bad Google translations

All your ISIS are belong to us: we’re fighting terrorism with bad Google translations

A Twitter account counteracting the lies propagated by Islamic State sounds useful -- except the tweets are gobbledygook. Freelance journalist Jason Murphy explains.

Abbott labouring in his own valley of death

Abbott labouring in his own valley of death

Finally free of the Bronwyn Bishop saga, the Abbott government still appeared listless and without purpose this week.

War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

The government's attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.

Uber is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Uber is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Crikey readers have their say on Uber, the Collins Class submarines and other issues of the day

Crikey Clarifier: why does the govt spend big on media monitoring?

Crikey Clarifier: why does the govt spend big on media monitoring?

The media plays a big role in shaping political discourse, and politicians want to know who is on their side, writes Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson.