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A state apart: Mark McGowan's pandemic performance taps into WA's separatist past
In a state that once voted to secede, closing borders against those ‘over east’ has proved hugely popular

Calla Wahlquist

26, Feb, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Smug silence and dogged stonewalling: the Morrison government really doesn't like being accountable
The PM wants to be several steps ahead of any crunch point. But at some point, the strain of remaining aloft starts to show

Katharine Murphy

26, Feb, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Teachers raised concerns over Craig Kelly aide Frank Zumbo's school visits
Education authorities told of claims the MP’s staffer took photos of himself with students and teachers and posted them on his personal Facebook page

Anne Davies

25, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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'Get the trees back': NSW minister wanted 'clearance zone' around highways after bushfires
Andrew Constance confirms he ordered the now-sacked transport department head to remove trees 40 metres either side of highways but was refused

Michael McGowan

25, Feb, 2021 @10:05 AM

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AFP warns about delays in reporting alleged criminal conduct – as it happened
Local outlets are expected to be able to resume posting news articles to Facebook from tomorrow, treasurer Josh Frydenberg says

Elias Visontay and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

25, Feb, 2021 @7:25 AM

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Man accused of raping Brittany Higgins in ministerial office returned to Parliament House
A former colleague says the then lobbyist attended a private function at parliament later in 2019 following the alleged attack in March

Christopher Knaus and Katharine Murphy

24, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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PM says Craig Kelly 'long' knew he wanted staffer subject to complaints removed
Scott Morrison has been pressed about his knowledge of allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Frank Zumbo – and his response

Katharine Murphy Political editor

24, Feb, 2021 @9:38 AM

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Queensland stops quarantine-free travel from New Zealand as NSW, South Australia ease restrictions – as it happened
Senate passes media bargaining code legislation after 11th-hour amendments; Queensland removes New Zealand’s Covid status as safe country; South Australia and NSW ease restrictions. This blog is now closed

Elias Visontay and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

24, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Peter Dutton says police told him about Brittany Higgins rape allegation days before story broke
AFP under scrutiny as guidelines say home affairs minister should be informed of politically sensitive matters ‘at earliest opportunity’

Christopher Knaus and Katharine Murphy

24, Feb, 2021 @6:51 AM

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Liberal backbencher urges environment minister to speed up new protections
Trent Zimmerman is believed to have complained in joint Coalition party room that two years was too long for Australia’s wildlife to wait

Katharine Murphy and Lisa Cox

24, Feb, 2021 @3:18 AM

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Greens candidate alleges Craig Kelly aide Frank Zumbo behaved inappropriately towards her
Philippa Clark alleges when she was 18 Frank Zumbo helped her campaign and touched her inappropriately, a claim he denies

Anne Davies

23, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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When Craig Kelly's worlds collided: the events that led to the outspoken MP's abrupt defection
After the former Liberal’s brawl with Tanya Plibersek, the PM told him to stop promoting unproven Covid therapies and also to ‘look at his office’

Katharine Murphy

23, Feb, 2021 @9:55 AM

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