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The amoeba theory of politics in Australia

The amoeba theory of politics in Australia

An obsession with the writings of an pioneering naturalist led to the question: what if politicians are just like amoeba?

The policy class has always had a truth problem

The policy class has always had a truth problem

When the media gets excited about a lying politician, they don't seem to realise that voters already know the truth has been buried by decades of bullshit.

How one bonk ban cock-blocked an entire city

How one bonk ban cock-blocked an entire city

Canberra’s late-night watering hole, Public Bar in Manuka, was once a bustling hotspot for piss-ups and hook-ups. But since the bonk ban, the notorious nightspot has become a ghost of its former self.

The art of the political interview: tips for news players

The art of the political interview: tips for news players

Young journo? Newbie politician? Crikey talked to the experts for tips on how the get the best out of an interview (or at least, avoid the worst).

Australia’s most notorious political turncoats — Part I

Australia’s most notorious political turncoats — Part I

Martin Hamilton-Smith may hold the current trophy for ship-jumping, but Crikey has learned of a few leaders of wobbly loyalty who would give him a run for his money.

Books by politicians: how to avoid the bargain bin

Books by politicians: how to avoid the bargain bin

A flood of pollies have books coming out, from Julia Gillard to John Howard and Bob Day. We look at what makes for a good read in this tricky genre.

Porkies: the biggest broken promises in Australian politics

Porkies: the biggest broken promises in Australian politics

It is possible for a politician to survive a broken promise, but sometimes they come back to haunt. Here are 10 of the most memorable broken promises ...

Part-time pollies: which is Australia’s laziest Parliament?

Part-time pollies: which is Australia’s laziest Parliament?

Australia's parliaments will sit on average for fewer than 50 days this year. We name the laziest, and explain why our part-time parliaments are bad for democracy.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is showing some political nous in largely avoiding the debate about the role of global warming in the New South Wales bushfires.

iSentia index: victorious Shorten knocks off Abbott, for now

iSentia index: victorious Shorten knocks off Abbott, for now

Bill Shorten was the most-mentioned person in the media this week as Tony Abbott went to ground. But not everything went smoothly for Shorten ...