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Why power likes to play the victim

Why power likes to play the victim

Speaking truth to power is difficult enough. But as human rights lawyer Diana Sayed discovered on Q&A this week, when power plays the victim card it becomes practically impossible.

Familiar faces return in Labor’s new shadow cabinet

Familiar faces return in Labor’s new shadow cabinet

Good morning, early birds. Labor's new post-election frontbench has made its debut, and the government pushes Solomon Island investments in a bid to ward off China's Pacific growth. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

John Lloyd and the fine art of shooting oneself in the foot

John Lloyd and the fine art of shooting oneself in the foot

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd is adamant that criticising shadow ministers in private emails is a breach of the public service code of conduct. Which — oops — seems to be exactly what he did.

A Clockwork Penny

A Clockwork Penny

Penny Wong went wonderfully Stanley Kubrick to get an apology out of Michaelia Cash in Senate Estimates yesterday.

Vanishing public servants and Schroedinger’s emails at estimates

Vanishing public servants and Schroedinger’s emails at estimates

Missing public servants and emails in a quantum state of flux dominated the first day of estimates.

The 2017 Pollie of The Year is Dean Smith

The 2017 Pollie of The Year is Dean Smith

Our pick for best politicians of 2017 represent different aspects of what it means to be a good senator.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Can Yarra Council refuse to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day? ... Penny Wong meets B1 and B2 ... Rob Mitchell's (literal) tinfoil hat ...

Matthewson: don’t give homophobes a platform in marriage ‘debate’

Matthewson: don’t give homophobes a platform in marriage ‘debate’

If you wouldn’t uncritically air the views of anti-vaxxers or climate change conspiracists, you should avoid lending credibility to those who would demonise gays or reframe marriage equality as an attack on free speech.

Fire up the homophobic abuse — the junk mail plebiscite is now on

Fire up the homophobic abuse — the junk mail plebiscite is now on

The Senate has knocked off the government's renewed effort to pass a marriage equality plebiscite already, opening the way to a damaging and painful debate that will smear same-sex couples.

Crikey Worm: coal lovers target Turnbull, Ten’s last stand

Crikey Worm: coal lovers target Turnbull, Ten’s last stand

Good morning, early birds. Almost two dozen coal-loving MPs are threatening the PM over the Clean Energy Target, and it might be time to switch off Channel Ten. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.