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Watergate scandal isn’t corruption — it’s how Australian capitalism works

The "watergate" scandal around the purchase of water from a politically-connected tax exile isn't atypical of Australian capitalism — it's the model for much of Australian business.


Warringah polling shows that it’s lonely being Tony

Abbott is going full local candidate this time because he's facing a genuine challenger — and the early polling was terrible for him.    

Does Sri Lanka’s post-massacre social media ban make sense?

This isn't the first time a government has put restrictions on social media. But the idea isn't without its faults.

Everything you need to know about the water buyback scandal

Australia now has its own "watergate" and there are calls for a royal commission. How did we get here?

Israel Folau’s case is simple, once you look past the distractions

There are broader questions that don’t have clear answers, of course. But it's not so complex when you keep your eye on the ball.

How and why ‘watergate’ became a major story

The bare bones of the water buyback story have been around for a while — so why is it dominating the political news cycle now?

Journalists are missing the bigger election coverage question

There’s no longer one election campaign. There’s hundreds, broken up by electorates, social media platform, gender, age, income and attitudes.

The Murdoch family members working against the Fox News agenda

The New York Times' recent investigation into the Murdoch family described James and Kathryn's more progressive leanings as one of the reasons for tension within the family.

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Inside the campaign to unseat Dutton

Grassroots campaign group GetUp has its sights on seven seats this election — and Peter Dutton’s marginal seat of Dickson is the priority target.

Zali Steggall at the business end of Warringah

What do the locals make of Abbott's competition? They quite like her. Or at least they want to like her.

The right’s fragmentation problem is causing cracks

Divided votes and increased competition — David Leyonhjelm's recent failure may be a bellwether for things to come on May 18.

The clock is ticking for the Coalition and time is short

The Coalition has to turn around the polls — and the the election is approaching even more rapidly than it might initially seem.


The dominant story of the election is weak household income

The only economic issue in the coming election should be household income and how wages policy can lift it.


Smoking is down but it’s still bringing in big bucks for the government

Pulling in a budget surplus from tobacco excise has knock-on effects that need to be considered

Ridiculous budget oversight could be a baby bonus (or a mistake)

Using a six-year-old statistic to plan for fertility rates could point to an attractive possibility for Morrison: baby bonus redux.

Letting down start-ups: how the government has abandoned innovation

By stunting the growth of the start up sector we're turning our backs on innovation and setting up the country for issues down the road.

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Which major party politicians are avoiding Q&A?

We take a look at the stats: who's on high rotation at the national broadcaster, and who is steering clear completely?

Is a great wave going to swamp Australia’s housing market?

With a small but growing percentage of homeowners owing banks sums greater than the value of their homes, what are the looming risks to the economy?

Welcome to the fight for Warringah

Tony Abbott is in danger of losing his seat for the first time in 25 years. The implications for the Liberals and, beyond that, our understanding of Australian politics are huge.


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Labor, Labor, Labor, Labor!

BARNABY JOYCE

The former Agriculture Minister channels his inner Jan Brady (look it up!) in a truly hectic 30 minute interview.


 

The Thirst World War

This week: looooooong-hand multiplication, the coming war with Iran, and Ellsberg and Chomsky on Assange.

 

Inside the campaign to unseat Dutton

Grassroots campaign group GetUp has its sights on seven seats this election — and Peter Dutton’s marginal seat of Dickson is the priority target.


This could be Australia’s stupidest election ever

It's been a stupid election campaign so far and all signs point to it getting stupider.


Zali Steggall at the business end of Warringah

What do the locals make of Abbott's competition? They quite like her. Or at least they want to like her.

Labor targets Indigenous health priorities, but where’s the workforce?

Labor has unveiled a boost to Indigenous health, recognising the need for Indigenous communities to be central to program development and implementation. But that requires a workforce.

All about the oil: a history of Australia’s relationship with Timor-Leste

Australia views itself as Timor-Leste's liberator. But the reality is that Timor-Leste has suffered for decades because of Australia's pursuit of oil revenue above all else.

What is the ABC for?

Crikey tries to unravel and distill some of the crucial questions we think the ABC should be asking itself in this post-Guthrie/Milne era.


Liberal Party received donations from Eastern Australia Agriculture

The NSW Liberals received donations from one of the beneficiaries of the controversial Murray-Darling Basin water contracts, and two Australians have been confirmed killed in the terror attacks in Sri Lanka. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods

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Assange’s ‘hacking’ indictment the crime of protecting a whistleblower

Julian Assange did what any good journalist should do: minimise his source's chances of being found out. But that is now conspiracy to commit a crime in the eyes of the US government.


News Corp boss lashes NYT ‘hatchet job’, ignoring his own papers’ scandals

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson attacked the New York Times and social media platforms in making the annual Keith Murdoch oration in Melbourne on Tuesday night.


Which major party politicians are avoiding Q&A?

We take a look at the stats: who's on high rotation at the national broadcaster, and who is steering clear completely?

Why shutting down over Easter is a bad idea for commercial networks

Traditionally the Easter holidays have been a non-ratings period — but with the rise of streaming television, commercial networks need to re-think their strategy.

The WikiLeaks arrest is about the journalism, not the journalist

The debate over whether Julian Assange is a journalist or not serves no purpose other than to undercut future press freedom.

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