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opinion December 09, 2017
Gary Johns is now the head of the federal charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission. This is the same Gary Johns who told Andrew Bolt, “a lot of poor women in this country, a large portion of whom are Aboriginal, are used as cash cows, right, they are kept pregnant and producing children for the cash. Now that has to stop.” It is the same Gary Johns who wants the poor to be forcibly denied children. “Some families, some communities, some cultures breed strife,” he writes.
opinion July 08, 2017
Force of Abbott
Tony Abbott never understood he was living in a contemporary society; he governed for a world that no longer existed, for a fantasy of the past. His leadership was always illusory. His default has always been treachery. That one man could do so much damage is testament to his corrosive gift for harm.
opinion November 11, 2017
The truth about Manus
The crisis on Manus Island is not about drownings at sea. It is about Pauline Hanson and the margin by which Peter Dutton holds the seat of Dickson. It is about the 1505 people who represent Dutton’s tenuous grip on power. Dutton cannot allow the situation on Manus to be resolved, because to do so would be to undermine the crude image of authority he derives from it.
opinion April 22, 2017
As ever, it was Peter Dutton whose language made clear the government’s purpose. Immediately, as changes were announced to citizenship, he was talking about migrants “contributing and not leading a life on welfare”. Migrants had to prove “they haven’t been perpetrators of domestic violence or whatever the case might be”.
opinion April 15, 2017
Life and debt
It’s almost as if Centrelink set out to design the worst system possible. It’s as if the department worked at finding the most vindictive and imprecise arrangements through which to pursue the people it is supposed to serve, then put out a tender to see if they could be made more cruel.
opinion March 25, 2017
In Canberra much of the week’s politics was spent on changes to the laws regulating the racist mistreatment of minorities. These are changes with little popular support. They show a government legislating for itself.
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
[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
[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
[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 …