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News December 22, 2018
How polling is wrecking democracy
As public faith in democracy collapses, the institution is further undermined by suspect polling, gormless politics and a media dependent on both.
News November 24, 2018
Political stacking leaves appeals tribunal in chaos
The purging of experienced members at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the abandonment of merit-based appointments, has created a backlog of 53,000 unresolved cases.
News December 01, 2018
Christian Porter lashes integrity commission proposal
As the increasingly powerful crossbench this week pushed for an anti-corruption body, Attorney-General Christian Porter scrambled to find excuses as to why it would be dangerous.
News November 17, 2018
The flawed strategy for a republic
With the debate raging afresh over Australia becoming a republic, the main players seem stuck in 1999 and First Nations people remain largely ignored.
News November 10, 2018
Neo-Nazi Nats and party infiltrations
The expulsion of a group of neo-Nazis from the Young Nationals highlights the way extremist and special interest groups can infiltrate major political parties, especially as falling party memberships put takeovers more easily within reach.
News November 03, 2018
How Murdoch got the kids off Nauru
Behind the snap decision to remove all asylum-seeker children from Nauru was a carefully orchestrated campaign to harness the power of the News Corp tabloids.
News October 27, 2018
Climate change claims its first mammal extinction
Liberal moderates, corporations and the voters of Wentworth have all called on the Morrison government to act on climate change. But the country’s top scientists say its effects are already wreaking havoc across Australia.
News October 20, 2018
How the West offers Saudi impunity
The mild response to the apparent murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul is further evidence the West will turn a blind eye to the kingdom’s terrors to protect its oil and arms trade.
News October 13, 2018
Wentworth: The race that has stopped the nation
Politics is being held in stasis as the government awaits the outcome of the Wentworth byelection – even as the Liberal candidate is missing in action.
News October 06, 2018
ABC board stacking rife
The long-running practice of stacking the ABC board with politically partisan appointees has come under renewed criticism after the rancorous departures of Justin Milne and Michelle Guthrie.
News September 29, 2018
Guthrie dismissal triggers chaos at the ABC
As former managing director Michelle Guthrie considers legal action against the ABC, leaked details of Justin Milne’s conduct may aid her fight.
News September 22, 2018
Liberal drift in Wentworth
The range of candidates running in the Wentworth byelection reflects an electorate that has less and less in common with the Liberal Party, which has held the seat since the party’s foundation.