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News March 30, 2019
Legal gambit to cut charity funding
The federal government claims it lacks the constitutional power to fund advocacy activity, although it refuses to release its advice and legal experts uniformly reject the assertion.
News March 16, 2019
Wages growth lowest since WWII
With wages stagnating since the Coalition took office, Labor is hoping to make the election a fight on industrial relations – even if it doesn’t have solutions.
News March 23, 2019
The Coalition and the race issue
Scott Morrison’s words following the Christchurch massacre were sensitive and well chosen, but how can they be read as ingenuous when they follow on from almost two decades of his party deliberately cultivating disunity and fear?
News March 09, 2019
Undocumented labour a new underclass
Despite Scott Morrison’s claims, more asylum seekers have arrived under his government than under Labor. These people are becoming an underclass of cheap, exploited labour.
News March 02, 2019
PM’s climate fund fallacy
Scott Morrison says his new $3.5 billion climate fund will cut Australia’s emissions, but experts warn he is playing a numbers game that is ‘essentially dishonest’.
News February 23, 2019
Cash not for comment
As the Federal Court prepares to make a ruling on the AWU raids, and it emerges Michaelia Cash refused to give a statement to the federal police over her office’s involvement, The Saturday Paper reviews the minister’s position to date.
News February 16, 2019
Matt Canavan hijacks native title fight on Adani
While Resources Minister Matt Canavan insists Adani has the full support of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the legitimacy of a land agreement with the mining giant is the subject of a Federal Court appeal.
News February 09, 2019
Phelps fight reveals govt’s Nauru deceit
As the last children are transferred off Nauru, the government is claiming compassion. But its attempts to kill off Kerryn Phelps’ medical transfer bill set the scene for an ugly fight in parliament next week.
News February 02, 2019
Greens split by factional war
As the Greens continue to fight internally ahead of the NSW election, their dysfunction across branches is threatening the party’s prospects federally.
News January 26, 2019
Lamb ads and purposeful marketing
Companies are increasingly using advertising to persuade consumers of their social responsibility as much as to spruik their products, in a high-risk strategy known as ‘purposeful marketing’.
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 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.