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Attorney-General Christian Porter (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Religious freedom bill condemned by both sides

Good morning, early birds. The government's proposed religious freedom bill is either too much or not enough (depending on who you ask), and Boris Johnson is facing mounting resistance to his plan to suspend UK parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

The poorly ex-senator. Image credit: Ben Rushton/AAP.

Sam Dastyari struck down by a severe case of Relevance Deprivation Syndrome

Uh oh! Bad news, everyone. It looks like a particularly virulent strain of RDS has mutated inside of erstwhile Labor wunderkind Sam Dastyari.

Tips and rumours

A little context for the Craig Kelly MH17 furore, why minor parties in South Australia aren't happy and how not to name a PR operation.

Swan hits out at intelligence agencies meddling on Chinese interference

Senior Labor figure Wayne Swan has criticised intelligence agencies for leaking against Labor in the foreign interference debate.

Ciobo is repeating Dastyari’s error on China — why hasn’t he been sacked?

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has echoed Sam Dastyari's parroting of the Beijing line on the South China Sea. Whereas Dastyari was a "traitor", nothing has happened to Ciobo.

Tips and rumours

Dasher's new gig? Bluenotes' conspicuous silence. Plus, ASIC's Twitter stuff-up.

Crikey Worm: Keneally nominates for Dasher’s Senate seat

Good morning, early birds. Former state premier turned Sky News commentator Kristina Keneally has put her hand up to take Dasher's Senate seat. Plus, Papua New Guinea turns up the heat on Australia. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Pollies have a lot to learn about Chinese-Australians

It would be generous to say both major parties were less than impressive when it came to effectively reading and communicating with Chinese-Australians.

Rundle: Chinese influence is hardly the biggest threat to our democracy

Foreign capital is not the problem; the structure of our politics is, a semi-democratic system at best, cloaked by a detached parliamentary system.

EXCLUSIVE: Dastyari’s ideas for post-Senate life include growing cacti, wrestling celebrities

The ex-senator has spoken of his desire to remain involved in grassroots politics, but also might just hand out signed autographs of his face.