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The government is lying about how and why it is taking children off Nauru

The government is lying about how and why it is taking children off Nauru

Scott Morrison has taken credit for the transfer of sick children off Nauru in accordance with existing policy — the truth is his government has fought relentlessly to stop it from happening.

Crikey clarifier: is it time for term limits?

Crikey clarifier: is it time for term limits?

Clive Palmer thinks Australia's "shallow political gene pool" would be better diversified through the introduction of term limits. Is he onto something? Crikey intern Rowan Forster weighs the pros and cons.

Grumpy old git gives Turnbull what for

Grumpy old git gives Turnbull what for

In an email to all Liberal MPs, Wilson Tuckey has described his leader, Malcolm Turnbull, as inexperienced and arrogant.

Australia’s human rights record under attack

Australia’s human rights record under attack

Australia's human rights record has come under scrutiny by the international watchdog, writes Dan Ziffer.

The economic crash may be a boost for health reform

The economic crash may be a boost for health reform

The economic slump is no excuse for governments to wimp out on health reform, writes Melissa Sweet.

Fitzgibbon affair points to bureaucrats out of control

Fitzgibbon affair points to bureaucrats out of control

There are a number of issues in play in the revelation that Defence has been spying on its own minister. All bear teasing out, writes Bernard Keane.

Aceh’s democratic test

Aceh’s democratic test

On 9 April, Indonesia's province of Aceh will hold elections for its local legislature, illustrating Indonesia’s recent evolutionary process of political maturation, writes Damien Kingsbury.

Why rail projects in NSW cost three times as much as they should

Why rail projects in NSW cost three times as much as they should

The gurus at Infrastructure Australia should be asking some hard questions because something seems terribly wrong with the cost of rail construction in NSW, writes Gavin Gatenby.

Rundle: Israel’s de facto apartheid

Rundle: Israel’s de facto apartheid

One grim upside of Israel's massacre in Gaza has been the way in which a widespread view of the Israeli state has come into alignment with those who know something of the region's history, writes Guy Rundle.

Two new greenhouse gasses discovered

Two new greenhouse gasses discovered

Two new synthetic greenhouse gases are getting their "debut" at the Greenhouse 2009 atmospheric science conference in Perth this afternoon, writes Ben Sandilands.