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    With the controversy erupting earlier this year over Scott Morrison’s decision to keep embattled ministers Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds in his cabinet, it may be worth remembering how much worse it could have been had the Prime Minister not been able to find “real” jobs for Porter and Reynolds. He could have, as Malcolm Fraser did in 1982, created a fake department for one of them to lead.


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July 11, 2021

About that time Malcolm Fraser created a fake department…

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July 7, 2021

What will it take for the ANU’s tenants to pay their workers?

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June 15, 2021

Barilaro critic arrest cherry on top of Fuller’s deeply corrupt commissionership

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May 31, 2021

No Harvey, No!

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May 27, 2021

The Crisis in Samoa

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May 16, 2021

A note on self-defence

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February 26, 2021

ASIO pours cold water on Dutton’s false equivalency

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February 25, 2021

Reading List newsletter: out now

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February 22, 2021

I know it’s a bit late but scrap the link tax.

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January 12, 2021

Banning Trump putschists from Twitter is not “censorship”

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November 10, 2020

Tudge and Porter must resign; Porter must be struck off if he sues Four Corners

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September 8, 2020

Reflections on the campaign so far: Liberals and homophobia

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August 25, 2020

Interstate transphobe who can’t read intervenes in ACT election

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February 4, 2020

You can break the law. Just don’t break my rules.

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February 3, 2020

IPA researcher Wild doesn’t understand the ANAO. Or democracy. Or much of anything, really.

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January 23, 2020

Lock Her Up!

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October 30, 2019

“Mistakes” not an excuse for wage theft

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May 6, 2019

Why we can’t take Mina Zaki at her word on her dual citizenship

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April 16, 2019

Without realising, Turnbull made the best move of the election

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January 22, 2019

Countering Clive Palmer’s unwanted Comeback

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December 20, 2018

Jeremy Buckingham proclaims himself “Independent Real Green”

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September 27, 2018

What won’t Justin Milne do for love (from Liberals)? [updated]

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July 31, 2018

Death and Pestilence: Three Days In The Life Of Malcolm Turnbull

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March 15, 2018

The benefits of Blu-Ray, as explained by a bot I paid $20

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February 15, 2018

Sex ban is a band-aid solution, corruption ban would be a cure

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February 13, 2018

Zed Seselja ignores democratic mandate his party manufactured

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February 8, 2018

Barnaby Joyce’s sexual misconduct is in the public interest. Here’s why…

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January 10, 2018

Pessimism–a short rant

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January 2, 2018

The Xbox One’s television-gimmick was unfairly dismissed.

October 10, 2017

Comic plot hole #1

September 18, 2017

Section 116

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September 15, 2017

Media reform deals will reduce diversity and amount to little more than window dressing

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August 21, 2017

Poster covered with homophobic canards is wrong, surprise.

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August 20, 2017

How to ditch Microsoft Word and live a much happier life.

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July 1, 2017

Abbott calls for “special courts” for returning jihadists

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May 18, 2017

Fans of ‘Seeker Daily’ revolt, take over abandoned Twitter account

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May 16, 2017

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May 16, 2017

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May 4, 2017

Bolt gives NYT moral lecture over their moral lecture

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April 11, 2017

I locked a DVD case by accident…

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July 17, 2016

YouTube investigates site which sells channel verification, CMS accounts

June 23, 2016

There shouldn’t be a marriage plebiscite. Deal with it.

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June 19, 2016

Oh dear, Ms Devine.

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February 28, 2016


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November 21, 2015

The Worst Possible Responses to the Paris Attacks

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September 7, 2015

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July 20, 2014

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