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      Don’t get too excited about Clive Palmer — yet

      Suddenly Clive Palmer has displaced Pauline Hanson as the tribune of discontented Queensland voters. The polling basis for that is thin indeed — but Palmer's technique is a last-minute ad blitz that has shifted votes before and could do it again.


      In the ‘blind spot’ with Susan Moylan-Coombs

      There's a creeping belief that Warringah is a two-horse race between Tony Abbott and Zali Steggall, but independent candidate Susan Moylan-Coombs specialises in things that are often overlooked.

      The charade of silence in a nation of noise

      The dignity of private reflection has never been the case for us on Anzac Day. The silence I would like to afford the dead was shattered from the start.

      News Corp paper legitimises 4chan in social media roundup

      The violent underworld of the internet gets a plug in Adelaide's paper.

      The plot twist few saw coming in the ‘rate cut looms’ drama

      The Reserve Bank has been watching unemployment closely to decide if interest rates needed to be cut. But now, inflation has thrown a spanner in the works by falling in the March quarter, reflecting a weakening economy.

      Australian media’s coverage of the Pacific has almost completely disappeared

      The ABC is the only Australian outlet with a correspondent in the Pacific. Have we stopped caring about our closest neighbours? And if so, why?

      In the red corner, Albo and baby-face Luke Creasey start swinging against Bandt

      Anthony Albanese has helped launch Luke Creasey's ambitious campaign to knock off Adam Bandt in the now-solidly Greens seat of Melbourne.

      How to use Facebook to influence Australian voters for just $20 a day

      Unfortunately it seems advertising on Facebook in Australia for political purposes is still a 2016 US election-esque case of “catch me if you can”.

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      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.? ??

      This election could be the end of leaders like Bill Shorten

      Across the world, the notion that progressive parties should accept a centrist and safe figure for the purposes of electability is going out the door.

      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.

      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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      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?

      Liberal Party received donations from Eastern Australia Agriculture

      Good morning, early birds. 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.?

      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.


      Features

      They really said that?

      If no one in the Senate brings a malicious case and steals my dog in front of my children, I probably won’t choke anybody there.

      SHANE VAN DUREN

      A man who assaulted a police officer and choked an RSPCA inspector explains why he’s the best fit for Fraser Anning’s new party.


       

      The Thirst World War

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

       

      Memewatch: Palmer takes an early lead

      Clive Palmer is spending millions on campaigning, but will his dank memes get him over the line in the end?


      Record youth enrolment is great, but what does it mean?

      The youth enrolment rate is at the highest level ever at around 88%, but experts are uncertain what this indicates.


      This election could be the end of leaders like Bill Shorten

      Across the world, the notion that progressive parties should accept a centrist and safe figure for the purposes of electability is going out the door.

      The doctor is in: Labor’s Bennelong gamble

      Can Dr Brian Owler cure what ails Labor in Bennelong? And will his climate change message cut through in a diverse electorate?

      Labor’s ‘referendum on wages’ off to a tepid start

      Labor says the election will be a referendum on wages, but so far has proposed little that will make a material difference for workers stuck with stagnant incomes.

      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.


      Election campaigning back in full force

      Both the Liberals and Labor are set to announce a host of family violence, social service and sporting packages today and Joe Biden has declared his candidacy for 2020. It's the news you need to know, with?Chris Woods.

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      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.

      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.

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