immigration May 20, 2017
Migrants targeted as refugee panic founders
On November 29, 2004, when Malcolm Turnbull rose to give his first speech to parliament, he spoke as a proud internationalist and passionate advocate of a big Australia. He called for an expanded immigration program, which he described as “...
ir March 25, 2017
New ACTU secretary Sally McManus on the new IR battlegrounds
As the federal election campaign swung into gear in May last year, ALP strategists braced themselves for a Coalition advertising blitz, targeting Labor leader Bill Shorten and his union background. The royal commission into...
resources November 26, 2016
The Hazelwood closure and the future of the Latrobe Valley
The coal fire had been burning for 33 days when I arrived in the town of Morwell, 150 kilometres east of Melbourne. Government officials were conducting house visits in face-masks, helicopters buzzed the power plant in the...
ir January 31, 2015
What’s happening in Tony Abbott’s office?
Leadership speculation is like a disease. Left unchecked it eats away at a party and damages its ability to govern. It can also be contagious. Amid the extraordinary clamour this week at Tony Abbott’s follies and monarchist...