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letters   February 24, 2024

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 ... headquartered in a beach shack on Kangaroo Island” received “half a...

ir   February 24, 2024


ASIC turmoil exposed

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission is clearly feeling the pressure of scrutiny by the Senate inquiry and consequent media coverage. The parliamentary joint committee embarked on its inquiry into ASIC’s “capacity and capability to...

immigration   February 24, 2024


A bad week to be at sea

Once again, on-water matters have overwhelmed national politics. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is firing broadsides at the Albanese government over border control, while the government tries to right the defence catastrophe it inherited from the...

editorial   February 24, 2024

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.

indigenous affairs   February 24, 2024


The death of my son, Josh Kerr

Content warning: this piece contains the name of an Aboriginal person who is deceased. The last time I saw my son, Josh, he was in shackles. He’d been let out of prison on leave to attend his Uncle Bruce’s funeral. After the service, as I walked him...

letters   February 17, 2024

Remembered promises

The Coalition seems convinced Labor’s altering of the stage three tax cuts gives them an opportunity to win the next election (Karen Middleton, “ Peter Dutton: ‘There’s no doubt in my mind that we can win’  ”, February 10-16). Dutton fails to...

editorial   February 17, 2024

Assange must be freed

Sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday, Julian Assange will find out if he is to be extradited to the United States. It is likely a plane will be waiting for him. After this decision, there are no other options.

economy   February 17, 2024

The benchmark for good government

Is it too much to aspire to, that our elections might be decided by which party will deliver the better government? The benchmark against which voters assess parties and candidates should be their capacity to govern well, not short-term political...

immigration   February 17, 2024

Question Time and political pointscoring

Zali Steggall is not the only independent in the House of Representatives to be frustrated by the fact Question Time has become a largely boring exercise in political pointscoring, something exacerbated by the looming byelection in the Victorian...

economy   February 17, 2024

The need for Labor tax reforms

The federal Labor government has reached a vital crossroad in its journey to success or failure at the next election. It has a real opportunity to win not only the next election but at least one more to meet the average term since 1975, about nine...

politics   February 10, 2024

The broken record of broken promises

Perhaps the biggest irony of the current political situation is the shift by Peter Dutton and his Coalition team from demanding more detail to ducking it. Compare the opposition’s insistent calls for detail on the Voice to Parliament referendum and...