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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 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 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 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.
News May 20, 2017
Migrants targeted as refugee panic founders
The government’s ‘Australians first’ rhetoric is a response to hardening community attitudes over immigration and job security.
News May 13, 2017
What the future holds for Fairfax
Fairfax’s latest staff cuts signal a crisis in Australian journalism, but international models offer a ray of hope.
News May 06, 2017
Turnbull’s war on universities
If the government’s new schools funding plan represents an ideological change, its cuts to universities reflect a calculated antipathy.
News April 29, 2017
Land clearing and climate change
The majority of the Emissions Reduction Fund is poured into questionable abatement schemes to discourage land clearing, while mass deforestation cancels out any climate gains.
News April 22, 2017
Inside the war on Safe Schools
The campaign against Safe Schools is reaching its final chapter, but in many respects the program has already done its work.
News April 15, 2017
Killing the Great Barrier Reef
As the Great Barrier Reef suffers record bleaching, Malcolm Turnbull courts a mining giant that will only hasten its death.