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So what would an internet without New Matilda be like? Something like this: for the rest of this month we’re going to paywall new articles by Ben Eltham and Ben Pobjie. You’ll still be able to access their back catalogue, but only paid up NM supporters will be able to read their latest articles. You’ll miss out on reading Ben Eltham’s take on the ALP’s move to amend the Migration Act today, and you’ll miss Ben Pobjie’s latest later this week. Sounds ghastly, doesn’t it?

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