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opinion February 04, 2017

The art of the real: Fighting fake news

[TOC:ol In this story] The first one we blocked was Breitbart, the alt-right website built to infamy by President Donald Trump’s principal adviser. None of the money The Saturday Paper spends to advertise online will feed through the hyperpartisan …

opinion November 12, 2016

Faceless man

[TOC:ol In this story] It happened. The United States of America elected as its president a moron.  Donald Trump gives face to the ugliness of hate. That is why we have decided not to give him face. Our front page covers his sneering visage with a …

opinion October 29, 2016

Fate of the nation

[TOC:ol In this story] The report reads like a distress signal from the real Australia. On every indicator is a country in trauma. Suicide rates are up. Inequality is rising. Women feel less safe here than they do overseas. The Community Council of …

opinion October 15, 2016

Political indecency

[TOC:ol In this story] The simple fact is this: when any party talks about marriage equality it is playing cheap politics with the lives of queer people. These lives are the plaything of a Labor Party that resolves to support same-sex marriage, but …

opinion October 08, 2016

Off Brandis

[TOC:ol In this story] George Brandis still holds out hope – apparently – that he will be appointed to the bench of the High Court. The move would come – in his mind – early next year. He would follow the controversial precedents of Garfield …

opinion September 24, 2016

Work to be done

[TOC:ol In this story] Here is a simple but little acknowledged fact: the poor are not the problem with the welfare system.  But it is the poor who would be most harshly affected by much of what Social Services Minister Christian Porter laid out in …

opinion September 10, 2016

Cash register

[TOC:ol In this story] Already, it is one of the most expensive to access registers in the world. As a tool of transparency, it is a failure. This is, perhaps, its intention. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission database is the repository …

opinion September 03, 2016

Border lines

[TOC:ol In this story] The message came from a source in the department of immigration. “You’ve clearly hit a raw nerve,” it read. “This is quite extraordinary... It’s almost as many words as your yarn. The only difference: this is shit.” The …

opinion July 23, 2016

Wrong division

[TOC:ol In this story] It is an unhappy time to be a Muslim in Australia. In parliament is a woman who likens Muslims to violent dogs and says we must take a “strong stance against Islam and its teachings and its beliefs”. She says: “We have laws …