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News April 04, 2015
ALP struggles for relevance as unions further wither
With the ALP gradually losing the hearts and minds of many of its rusted-on faithful, the party must prove that it actually believes in something in order to survive.
News March 21, 2015
Christopher ’The Fixer’ Pyne’s bid to deregulate uni fees
He calls himself a ‘fixer’ but Christopher Pyne’s achievements heading the Coalition’s education portfolio have done nothing to support this school of thought.
News March 28, 2015
Govt acts to reassure World Heritage committee on Reef
New government measures to preserve the Great Barrier Reef are more about protecting the ‘brand’ than admitting any environmental mismanagement.
News March 14, 2015
ALP leader Bill Shorten faces big test on civil liberties
The opposition leader is being wedged on data retention laws, not just by the government and the Greens, but by his own party.
News March 07, 2015
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison’s ‘fluffy’ new image
His campaign to stop the boats made him the government’s toughest minister, but a new portfolio has Scott Morrison remodelling.
News February 28, 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new leadership plan: panic
Tony Abbott’s security speech shows him already reaching for the last trick in the conservative playbook.
News February 21, 2015
What drives Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull
“There seems to be a repeating pattern, of people being drawn close to Turnbull, then falling out with him. Sometimes, particularly if it suits him, there is a reconciliation.”
News February 14, 2015
Donation disclosure reveals murky deal for Country Liberals
A Darwin private school's indirect donation to the CLP, raises questions about disclosure laws, and the involvement of consultants Crosby Textor.
News February 07, 2015
Leadership style cruels Tony Abbott, Campbell Newman and co
With leaders falling at the hands of voters and their own parties, management style is in the spotlight. But another contentious issue is coming back time and again to haunt both sides of politics.
News January 31, 2015
Inside the Sydney siege
State and federal inquiries are under way. But is there sufficient independence to assess potential shortcomings at the policing, intelligence or political levels?
News January 24, 2015
Inside Peter Dutton’s asylum-seeker endgame
Peter Dutton’s new portfolio is no longer about stopping the boats but whether to maintain cruel and expensive detention.
News December 20, 2014
How John Howard’s tax cuts undid his protégé Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott’s great mentor left him with a squandered boom and a tax system that may yet destroy his government.