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Media briefs: exhaustive car sex judgment … reaching for the Sky … screw you too, Zoo

Media briefs: exhaustive car sex judgment … reaching for the Sky … screw you too, Zoo

Is the NT News allowed to report on a man who had sex with hundreds of cars via their exhaust pipes? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Ricky Muir, the secret lefty revhead

Ricky Muir, the secret lefty revhead

When Ricky Muir came into the Senate, everyone expected him to vote with the Coalition, at least on national security. Boy, were they wrong. Crikey intern Aron Lewin and writer-at-large Guy Rundle explain.

Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

Rundle: Ricky Muir, a closet lefty unionist in revhead clothing

Tony Abbott hoped he'd be able to beguile the oddball crossbenchers in the Senate, but revelations about Ricky Muir's unionist past could prove a sticking point.

Rundle: ‘preference whisperer’ alleges backstabbing and dysfunction behind Ricky Muir

Rundle: ‘preference whisperer’ alleges backstabbing and dysfunction behind Ricky Muir

Crikey’s writer-at-large speaks to sacked AMEP staffer Glenn Druery and gets it straight from the "preference whisperer's" mouth.

‘Not a protected species’: Seven stands by Muir interview

‘Not a protected species’: Seven stands by Muir interview

Is asking to go 'off-air' a request to go off-the-record? Ricky Muir's people think so, but it's not a shared view.

Razer’s Class Warfare: Muir won, but we’ve all lost

Razer’s Class Warfare: Muir won, but we’ve all lost

You think Ricky Muir came out of that interview looking bad? Think again. Willesee's interview was a wake for late modernism, with politics and journalism both emerging distinctly tarnished.

Common sense prevails in Senate preferential voting changes

Common sense prevails in Senate preferential voting changes

After the debacle of the Senate election last year, Parliament is looking at changing the way Australians vote. And for once, the changes actually make a good deal of sense.

Palmer, Greens win the West — now Abbott must play ball

Palmer, Greens win the West — now Abbott must play ball

The major parties had an unprecedented 58% of the vote in a clear sign voters are looking for alternatives. The Greens, who outspent Labor and the Coalition, were big winners, as was Palmer United.

The Palmer precedent — but his senators are not bound by it

The Palmer precedent — but his senators are not bound by it

Clive Palmer has chosen to not vote on matters that could be perceived as being in his interest. But ACIL Allen governance expert Stephen Bartos points out it is not the man himself who matters,but his senators, who hold the real power.

Clive Palmer’s balance of power more fragile than it looks

Clive Palmer’s balance of power more fragile than it looks

Clive Palmer's balance of power in the Senate is a fragile thing, and may not last. His three-and-a-half senators may not be able to help themselves in Parliament.