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news August 12, 2017
Australia’s human rights disgraces
After leaving her post as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs is as forthright as ever in describing the country’s slide backwards in its social policies and treatment of the vulnerable.
news July 29, 2017
The Uluru statement and Indigenous recognition
The Uluru statement’s call for a voice to advise parliament surprised some for its pragmatism, sidestepping earlier recognition debates. As a result it will test the major parties’ avowed commitment to give greater power to Indigenous Australians.
news August 05, 2017
Family trusts and tax dodges
As politics comes to reckon with inequality, Bill Shorten’s former defence of discretionary trusts has morphed into a policy to more harshly tax them.
news July 22, 2017
How the church is splitting the Liberal Party
Just as BA Santamaria’s forces once split the Labor Party, hardline Catholics are again threatening to divide politics – this time on the conservative side.
news July 15, 2017
Tracing big pharma’s influence on medical professionals
As big pharma continues to wine and dine medical practitioners, and over-prescription is rife, the ACCC is still waiting for the industry’s peak body to undertake promised reforms in reporting payments.
news July 08, 2017
PaTH and intergenerational theft
While a new government program claims to boost youth employment prospects, the reality is that a different kind of intergenerational theft is at play.
news July 01, 2017
Notes from the Abbott insurgency
Back with headland speeches and a renewed manifesto, Tony Abbott has taken off the gloves in his fight to knock out Malcolm Turnbull.
news June 24, 2017
The government’s war on the law
An attack on the Victorian judiciary by three government ministers highlights a larger campaign against the powers of independent office.
news June 17, 2017
Hardline Christian hoping to replace Triggs
Meet the Pentecostal lawyer West Australian Liberals want to replace Gillian Triggs as president of the Human Rights Commission.
news June 10, 2017
Donald Trump’s own goal on climate action
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and his visceral unpopularity, may actually lift efforts to halt climate change.
news June 03, 2017
Quadrant and its slide into deluded extremism
Once seen as a journal of intellectual weight, today’s Quadrant has gone off-leash to become a ranting voice of the reactionary right.
news May 27, 2017
How subcontracting fuelled the alleged Plutus tax scam
The massive alleged payroll tax scam, carried out through government contracts, reveals the vulnerabilities of a cynical labour market.