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OCTOBER 21, 2017

Hi Ka-Sing,

It’s the weekend, and time once again for the week’s best Crikey. This week we launched The Australian Holy Wars, a 13-part series looking at how our national broadsheet takes down its political, commercial and ideological enemies. Elsewhere, Helen Razer watches political candour flatline during Sarah Ferguson’s chat with Hillary Clinton, Bernard Keane unpacks the trickery of Malcolm Turnbull’s energy policy and Emily Watkins interviews the first person to be Walkley-nominated for a blog post. Charlie Lewis talks about the decision that put everyone’s work conditions at risk, and Max Chalmers examines why Victoria’s debate around assisted dying legislation has been so much more civil that the national debate around marriage equality.


Holy Wars – How The Australian targets and attacks its enemies

The behaviour of the "national broadsheet" towards its enemies is no dirty little secret. Almost all the players in politics, government, academia, science, media and policy are aware of how it works.

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Razer: Four Corners put political candour to death last night

Sarah Ferguson's "interrogation" of Hillary Clinton on Four Corners last night marks a watershed moment (not in a good way) for political journalism, writes Helen Razer.

Even at the point of greatest tension and conflict, as former prime ministers make their last ditch interventions and MPs filibuster through the night, advocates on both sides of Victoria’s assisted dying debate say the hugely consequential proposal has been largely absent of this sort of vitriol demonstrated during national marriage equality debate.

How Aurizon blazed a trail for companies wanting to fuck over their employees

The number of applications to terminate agreements across industries has exploded in recent years. And there's one company largely responsible for this trend, writes Charlie Lewis

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Razer: #metoo stories will not always heal, but they do feed the media beast

It seems we do not believe so much in political action as we do in the political power of painful stories. This is misguided, writes Helen Razer.

Audio and video are the new ABC buzzwords, internal documents show

The ABC is preparing for yet another restructure announcement, where it's likely to make changes to increase communication and content between its silos, reveals Emily Watkins.

I had been on Sky the night before and repeated something I’d said on Neil Mitchell’s 3AW program the day before: that some Abbott supporters were so relentlessly determined to destroy Malcolm Turnbull they were leaking to Bill Shorten’s office. I’d heard News Corp was also onto the story. An irate Tony Abbott got my super private phone number from a mutual friend, introduced himself, and left a message demanding that I provide him with proof to back up what I had said, or name the source for what I’d said. “Otherwise,” he said, “shut the fuck up.”

The company that called the mining tax a ‘sovereign risk’ has been charged with fraud

While they were lecturing Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard about tax, Rio Tinto was engaged in massive destruction of shareholder wealth. Now the US corporate regulator is gunning for them, writes Bernard Keane.

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

There are a few tricks to Malcolm Turnbull's new energy policy, Bernard Keane shows us how he did it.

For the first time, a blogger makes the Walkley finalists

William Summers, whose readership if usually measured in hundreds rather than thousands, has only been blogging since February, writes Emily Watkins.

Bishop demonstrates that when in a hole, it’s best to stop digging

Julie Bishop made a dill of herself over New Zealand. The fact that she hasn't worked it out suggests her lack of judgement continues, writes Bernard Keane.

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