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News July 07, 2018
The dark politics of the Timor spy case
The government’s use of harsh national security laws to pursue Bernard Collaery and Witness K is the latest cynical act in its dealings over Timor Sea mining rights.
News June 23, 2018
How the Liberal Party is eating itself
The Liberal Party’s federal council endorsement of privatising the ABC is a sign of the deep schism between the religious right of the party’s rank and file and its more pragmatic parliamentary leadership.
News June 30, 2018
Academic independence threatened by US-style philanthropy
The Ramsay Centre fiasco highlights the dangers of universities ceding academic independence in return for private money, in the manner of billionaire philanthropy in the United States.
News June 16, 2018
Howard, Abbott and the Ramsay Centre
The falling out between the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation and the ANU highlights the right’s hypocrisy over the values it purports to defend.
News June 09, 2018
Mitch Fifield, the IPA and the ABC
Consistent attacks against the ABC by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield point to a man on a mission to destroy the independent authority of the national broadcaster.
News June 02, 2018
Privatisation by stealth
With Serco handed the contract for Centrelink’s call centre, and the NDIS saddled with inexperienced labour hire staff, the government is privatising the public service by stealth.
News May 26, 2018
Small business at the banks royal commission
The small business testimonies to the banking royal commission revealed a more nuanced area of questionable practices, but one that still turns up stories of personal hardship.
News May 19, 2018
The final challenge to religious chaplains
After two High Court decisions, the fight against federal funding for religious-only school chaplains is set to end with a test case on state anti-discrimination law.
News May 12, 2018
The truth about wage stagnation
While the government trumpets its jobs figures, it refuses to engage with wage stagnation. The truth is, nobody knows by what formula wages will go up again.
News May 05, 2018
Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma
Successive governments have maintained high levels of immigration to stoke the economy. The argument against this is growing, bringing together odd bedfellows.
News April 28, 2018
Judging politics by Centrelink’s rules
The treatment of politicians who fail to properly report their personal circumstances is markedly different to the draconian system imposed on the poor.
News April 21, 2018
The rise of homelessness and hunger
While the government remains focused on neoliberal solutions to inequality, homelessness and hunger worsen. Some in the sector wonder whether it is deliberate.