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The Australian Federal Police have allowed themselves to become a tool of ‘secretive, ruthless and vindictive executive government’. AAP

Australia doesn’t protect free speech, but it could

What everyone should want is a healthy system of government that can serve the public interest by bringing important matters to light.
Today on Trust Me I’m An Expert, we’re bringing you a special episode carried across from The Conversation podcast Politics with Michelle Grattan. Mick Tsikas(AAP)/The Conversation/Shutterstock

PODCAST: Michelle Grattan, Peter Martin and Tim Colebatch on the election-eve budget chock full of sweeteners

Michelle Grattan, Peter Martin and Tim Colebatch on the election-eve budget chock full of sweeteners. The Conversation27.4 MB (download)
Fresh from the budget lockup, chief political correspondent Michelle Grattan talks with Business and Economics Editor Peter Martin and political and economic journalist Tim Colebatch.
A theme in Frydenberg’s speech was that the government was taking its initiatives all “without increasing taxes”. Lukas Coch(AAP)/Rohan Thomson(AAP)/The Conversation

View from The Hill: budget tax-upmanship as we head towards polling day

The government wants this election to be all about tax. The tax cuts you will get, now and later. And the “higher taxes” that Bill Shorten would impose.
Today, experts reveal the tips and tricks spin doctors use to shape the political messages you’re hearing every day - especially during election campaigns. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: how to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season

How to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season. The Conversation, CC BY77.6 MB (download)
There’s a small army of spin doctors behind the scenes of an election campaign, finessing every utterance so it fits with the overall strategy. Today's episode is all about the art of political spin.

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