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          Labor reveals price tag for resolving childcare tensions

          Labor's massive plan to increase subsidies for and wages in childcare will accelerate the transformation of a sector plagued by competing priorities.

          Palmer’s preference deal with the Libs is important for two reasons

          Certainly the deal is of use to Palmer in his bid for a Queensland Senate seat. But that's not all.

          Do voters still care about the leaders’ debates?

          Once upon a time, election debates were watched by millions. Now they seem like an unwanted sideshow. What happened?

          Why can’t we just vote online?

          Every election the demand for online voting grows and grows. But be careful what you wish for...

          Phelps v Sharma: a possible solution meets an implacable problem

          Kerryn Phelps' style is of the outsider who is politically effective. But she's up against a representative of a system of power that is used to getting its own way.

          The media is travelling as a pack this election; it’s time to break away

          ScoMo having a beer. ScoMo shearing a sheep. Most of the media is happily telling the parties' stories so far. Is that all about to change?

          The Reserve Bank has failed to keep inflation in check

          The RBA continues to fail to do what it is supposed to: keep inflation in the target range.

          Leaders’ debate bumped off main channel to protect revenue

          If the Seven Network is so pleased about having this exclusive, why are they airing Home & Away on the main channel and putting the debate on the lesser-viewed 7TWO?

          Have the number of apprenticeships really dropped under the Coalition?

          Bill Shorten claims the Coalition threatens the "tradie nation". Is he correct?

          You go to war when there is absolutely no alternative, and not before

          Crikey readers reflect on Clive Palmer's influence and the nature of Anzac Day.

          Trending news

          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.

          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.? ??

          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.

          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.

          News Corp paper legitimises 4chan in social media roundup

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

          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.

          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.

          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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          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.

          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.?


          They really said that?

          He’s no monster.


          The childcare centre owner and wife of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton insists he’s a great dad ($).


          The Thirst World War

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


          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.

          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.

          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.

          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.

          Announcements abound ahead of leaders’ debate

          A battery of announcements have been made ahead of the first leaders' debate and the latest Newspoll demonstrates the impact of Clive Palmer's United Australia Party preferences. It's the news you need to know, with?Chris Woods.?

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          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?

          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.

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