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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 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 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 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 …
opinion September 10, 2016
[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
[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 …