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Foreign spy ring nets former politician

A sophisticated foreign intelligence group recruited a former Australian politician who “sold out their …

Cash-strapped Donald Trump offers bond

Donald Trump may have to sell some of his properties to pay for a US$454m civil fraud fine, with the …

Treasurer warns of shrinking GDP

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has warned next week’s GDP figures will be “quite weak” with economists …

Ukraine asks Australia for more aid

Australia has been urged to scale up military assistance and aid to Ukraine, and remove red tape that …

Parliament to vote on vape sales ban

The sale of vapes will be outlawed in Australia from July 1 with legislation to be introduced to parliament …


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The legal battle for freedom of information

A legal fight to speed up responses to freedom of information requests could set a precedent to stop governments starving key public services of funding.

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Labor’s grants revive pork-barrelling criticism

Years after the Coalition’s ‘sports rorts’, Labor is now accused of favouring key seats in its awarding of grants – and a private member’s bill aims to bring integrity to the application process.

Defence Minister Richard Marles with sailors on HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East, Sydney.


Labor’s disastrous navy plans

ANALYSIS: The government’s changes to the navy’s surface fleet solve nothing and leave the country with inappropriate, expensive and oversized ships – all for the sake of winning votes in two states.

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Assange’s last stand at British High Court

Supporters of Julian Assange gathered outside a London court this week hoping for the WikiLeaks founder’s freedom, but the fate of the ‘world’s most famous political prisoner’ remains in the balance.

Yanya Plibersek in parliament


Plibersek sidelined over gas project approvals

Hidden in legislation is a plan to give Resources Minister Madeleine King power to approve gas projects – taking the oversight away from Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek.

Children play in a backyard pool. On the other side of the fence is the building of a concentration camp.


The Zone of Interest

Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest is an outstanding film that attempts to understand how we remain trapped in the unresolved aftermath of a terrifying history.

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Director Ethan Coen and editor Tricia Cooke

Drive-Away Dolls – the new film from director Ethan Coen and editor Tricia Cooke – took only a month to shoot but, like their partnership, was a long-term commitment.

Palestinians carry bags of flour from an aid truck near an Israeli checkpoint in Gaza City.


Pressure mounts on Israel to abandon Rafah invasion plan

Fifty dead in PNG tribal clashes. Yulia Navalnaya vows to continue husband’s work. Haitian president’s widow accused of murder plot.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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The sorcerer’s apprentice

Peter Dutton was elected to parliament in 2001. He was born inside one of John Howard’s worst lies. He benefited directly from the outrage of children overboard and the shame of the Tampa. This is how it began.


Vanishing cash

Is Kangaroo Island our Panama? (Karen Middleton, “Money for PNG asylum seekers vanishes amid corruption scandal”, February 17-23) “A contract with ...  Paladin Holdings PTE Ltd ... …

Votes for justice

In his assessment of Labor’s prospects for multi-term government, Bill Kelty (“Labor’s way forward”, February 17-23) devotes half a paragraph to a sneering dismissal of the Greens as a …

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Vine leaf dumpling salad with bitter leaves, honey and thyme

A young woman with a blonde fringe and holding a mug in her hand.


Victoria’s mental health system is dangerous

Victoria’s mental health royal commission has done little to fix a deeply flawed system. As someone who has been traumatised by the available care, the author says the first step towards repair is to value the insights of those with firsthand experience.

Taylor Swift wearing a purple dress on stage.


The exclusionary empowerment of Taylor Swift

The success and scale of Taylor Swift’s Australian tour reflects the country’s unresolved relationship with class, gender and race.


Enzo Ferrari: the man and the movie

In Michael Mann’s biopic Ferrari, the motor racing legend’s fatalism and obsession with winning is hauntingly portrayed. But does it fully capture the callousness of his ambition?

Enzo Ferrari at the funeral of driver Alfonso de Portago, in May 1957.