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news December 17, 2016
The new untruth of political campaigns
As a leading polling company is revealed to be behind an activist website ostensibly linked to Medicare, bipartisan support emerges for rules on disclosure.
news December 03, 2016
Bell Group fallout raises questions of ministers’ roles
Holes in the time line of the WA Bell case pose serious questions about a position that stood to cost the government $300 million.
news December 10, 2016
Pauline Hanson’s plans to expand One Nation
She may be as much pilloried celebrity as politician, but when One Nation leader Pauline Hanson speaks, the disillusioned listen.
news November 26, 2016
How will Trump’s US act in Asia?
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, speculation surrounds the US’s ongoing role in Asian diplomacy.
news November 19, 2016
CSIRO’s workplace stalemate
A deadlock in enterprise bargaining negotiations at CSIRO may have revealed the roadmap for reintroducing WorkChoices in the public service by stealth.
news November 12, 2016
The new debate over section 18C and free speech
The door has reopened on changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, with Malcolm Turnbull announcing a review of the legislation.
news November 05, 2016
Contradictions in Dutton’s refugee life ban
As the government announces a lifetime ban on boat arrivals ever visiting Australia, criminals deported to New Zealand can find their way back.
news October 29, 2016
Jane Halton, the last of John Howard’s departmental heads, steps down
Jane Halton, the bureaucrat at the centre of the ‘children overboard’ affair, reflects on a career of toughness and discretion.
news October 22, 2016
Inside the Brandis-Gleeson breakdown
George Brandis’s move to control legal advice has opened a schism with Justin Gleeson, that critics say make the solicitor-general a “dog on a lead”.
opinion October 22, 2016
The ubiquity of sexual harassment
“I wasn’t looking to make people angry, just aware that it happens a lot to many women in all sorts of situations, that this kind of sexual attention is not the same as flirting and it would be great if it happened a lot less. Like, never.”
news October 15, 2016
Cybersecurity concerns after attack on BOM
A new report from the Australian Cyber Security Centre describes a recent foreign-state attack on the Bureau of Meteorology and highlights ongoing threats to government agencies.
opinion October 15, 2016
Sexual harassment in politics
“A few colleagues and I drafted a blacklist of politicians with lecherous reputations and worded up new female journalists about which ones to avoid. ”