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News March 09, 2018
Turnbull’s parliamentary circus
The legislative record of the 45th parliament is hidden behind a sideshow of scandal and division – and even then it’s not very impressive.
News February 24, 2018
Furore at the ABC
Two recent controversies at the ABC – the handling of the secret cabinet files and treatment of chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici – have left senior staff furious at what they see as incompetent managerialism.
News March 03, 2018
Nationals upset farmers over water
A focus on hugely lucrative water buybacks has left the Nationals vulnerable to accusations they have abandoned family farmers.
News February 17, 2018
Morrison’s pursuit of Trump economics
All the evidence suggests Treasurer Scott Morrison’s zeal to adopt Trump-style corporate tax cuts will not deliver increased investment and wage rises, but could create huge budget deficits in the future.
News February 10, 2018
Federal war on news and truth
As the government looks for easy votes in national security, clumsy legislation finds an unexpected enemy in the News Corp tabloids.
News February 03, 2018
A playbook for the culture wars
Malcolm Turnbull is intent on launching the government into a series of Howard-era culture wars. The problem is he’s not very good at it.
News January 27, 2018
Exclusive: Minerals Council one-third foreign owned
A study of the Minerals Council’s membership reveals the extent of foreign ownership, unchecked by the government’s crackdown on political influence.
News December 23, 2017
It’s all John Howard’s fault
A decade after the fall of the Howard government, Australia remains unable to escape or undo the insular and unfair policies it enacted.
News December 09, 2017
Land clearing and climate change
While the federal government boasts of decreasing carbon emissions from land clearing, state records show rapidly increasing rates of clearing, at great expense to the Emissions Reduction Fund.
News December 02, 2017
How the rich are getting richer
While Treasurer Scott Morrison and the IPA say income inequality is falling, the number of Australians worth more than $50 million has grown by 30 per cent in a year.
News November 24, 2017
How the ‘Yes’ vote changes politics
In the wake of the survey on same-sex marriage, the notion of a silent majority has been disproved and conservative battlelines are being redrawn.
News November 18, 2017
‘Predictive’ policing in NSW
A NSW ‘predictive’ policing initiative appears to be as much about presuming guilt among young Indigenous people as it is about preventing crime.