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    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.

    Burning buildings and blind faith

    A burning building is a chance for rebirth. A West entirely blind to its own insoluble faith is a chance only for death.

    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.

    One Nation fans hit up GetUp in Western Australia

    It was a battle of the orange t-shirts in Perth this week.

    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?

    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.

    Can social media algorithms automatically delete hate speech?

    Scott Morrison claims algorithms can do all the heavy lifting on this front. Is he right?

    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.

    This is Labor heartland policy and I thank them for it

    Is Labor focussing too much on health? Crikey readers debate Bernard Keane's recent piece.

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    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.

    Assange is in the dock, but it’s investigative journalism on trial

    On the ground in the UK, Crikey's correspondent-at-large covers Julian Assange's first court appearance in London.

    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.

    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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    Daniel Assange: I never thought WikiLeaks would succeed

    When Daniel Assange was 16, his father Julian asked him to be a part of WikiLeaks, the controversial group of Internet freedom fighters that was then in its infancy. Sceptical of the project’s likelihood of success, Daniel said no. He spoke to Crikey intern Nick Johns-Wickberg.

    Rush judgment a crushing blow for Me Too

    The Rush case points to a deeper problem and a systemic misunderstanding about the issues that drive complicity in sexual harassment and assault cases.

    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?


    They really said that?

    Well, I don’t think [Josh Frydenberg] became deputy prime minister by accident, did he?


    The GetUp! national director makes a few mistakes while mistakenly implicating the Treasurer (!) in the last leadership spill.


    The Thirst World War

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


    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.

    Don’t underestimate the climatic danger of ice-melt water

    Crikey speaks to climate change experts about last year's IPCC report, the gaps it contained, and the real picture of things to come.

    Labor’s health obsession too much of a good thing

    Labor is talking about nothing but health, which is a positive for Bill Shorten but serves voters poorly when there are more critical issues to be dealt with.

    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?

    How many candidates will we lose between now and election day?

    With the political body count already rising, surely it's time for change to our parties' broken vetting processes.

    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.

    Labor to announce Indigenous health package

    Today in the election campaign Labor is expected to focus on Indigenous health and climate issues, and South Australian independent senator?Tim Storer?will not be seeking re-election next month. It's the news you need to know, with?Chris Woods.

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    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.

    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.

    No winners: crowd gathers for final scene in Rush courtroom drama

    Outside court, Eryn Jean Norvill, decked in purple, said she stood by her evidence at trial and called for change in her industry.

    Media obsesses over Packer deal, but the Oz scoops them all

    The latest update in a long media obsession with the Packer family has shown the perils of an early deadline.

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