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News September 22, 2018
Liberal drift in Wentworth
The range of candidates running in the Wentworth byelection reflects an electorate that has less and less in common with the Liberal Party, which has held the seat since the party’s foundation.
News September 08, 2018
Climate inaction could affect trade deals
As the change of leadership steers the Australian government even further from action on climate change, the Coalition’s efforts to appease the powerful domestic fossil fuel industry could jeopardise trade deals with the European Union.
News September 15, 2018
The Liberals’ religious right
With the ascendancy of a Pentecostal Christian leader, the Liberal Party slides further to the religious right. But can it find salvation without the coffers of Malcolm Turnbull?
News September 01, 2018
How the Murdoch press ran Turnbull from his office
In among the collapse of the Turnbull government was a final gasp of influence from the right-wing press.
News August 25, 2018
Cutthroat politics veil climate change inaction
Throughout all the thrills and spills of federal politics this week, the Coalition’s wilful torching of planned action on climate change escaped scrutiny.
News August 18, 2018
Accounting trick frames reef grant
The government’s surprise $444 million grant to a private foundation is allegedly being used to fudge its commitment to UNESCO on Barrier Reef protection.
News August 11, 2018
Who is making money out of racism?
In a final interview as race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane condemns politicians and media organisations for profiting from racism, and warns it will get worse. Mike Seccombe reports.
News August 04, 2018
The politics of racism
The government’s rhetoric on race takes it into territory that is uglier and more targeted than even John Howard’s campaigns.
News July 28, 2018
Rinehart’s secret millions to the IPA
Unexpected disclosures in Gina Rinehart’s protracted family legal battle have revealed the mining magnate funds up to half of the Institute of Public Affairs’ activities.
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 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 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.