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news August 05, 2017
Selling Labor’s Sam Dastyari
In the week of a friendly ABC profile and the launch of his confessional memoir, Sam Dastyari’s speedy rehabilitation after his Chinese donations scandal has irked many, even within his party. Is his brash style a positive or a flaw?
news July 22, 2017
Trump’s first six months of crisis
Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump has shown no signs of growing into the office. His administration is in permanent crisis, spending its time denigrating the news media. Only the Republican Party can moderate him – and they show no appetite for it.
news July 29, 2017
In court with Cardinal George Pell
As Cardinal George Pell faces the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on historic sexual abuse charges, he confronts a system unmoved by his status.
news July 15, 2017
Greens fail on sexual assault allegation
The mishandling of a sexual assault allegation is part of a series of concerns about the culture and conduct of the progressive party.
news July 08, 2017
The people defending Cardinal George Pell
The criminal charges brought against George Pell have seen his defenders come to the fore.
news July 01, 2017
Don Dale lessons
Expert testimony from a US juvenile corrections director about his transformation of Washington’s notorious Oak Hill facility provides the Northern Territory royal commission with possible prescriptions for the failures of Don Dale.
news June 24, 2017
Terrorism and domestic violence
While terrorism is impossible to predict, a correlation may exist between those with domestically abusive pasts and those who hope to commit acts against the state.
the_briefing June 23, 2017
Federal ministers to make ‘abject’ apology
It is believed that federal ministers Alan Tudge, Greg Hunt and Michael Sukkar will today, through their lawyers, make a special, “abject” apology to the Victorian judiciary. In comments expressed on social media and to The Australian, …
news June 17, 2017
The wrong kind of settlement
The decision to settle a massive case on the mistreatment of asylum seekers is more about secrecy than human rights.
news June 10, 2017
Foreign political donations and the promise of interference laws
Revelations of ASIO’s historic warnings regarding Chinese donations to political parties has belatedly prompted bipartisan support for foreign interference laws.
news June 03, 2017
What we’ve learnt from Schapelle Corby
While Australians made Schapelle Corby a celebrity following her conviction, the media’s discovery that interest had since waned didn’t avoid an unedifying spectacle.
news May 27, 2017
Making sense of the Sydney siege
The coronial inquiry into the Sydney siege finds mistakes made in awarding Man Haron Monis bail, and police tactics in need of review.