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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 22, 2017

Greens and the dual citizenship debacle

The resignations of the Greens’ two co-deputy leaders has sent MPs scrambling to check their citizenship qualifications, and has led to calls for constitutional revision.

News July 22, 2017

Harsh sentencing and prison violence

Robin Irvine was left requiring 24-hour care after being bashed unconscious in a maximum security prison. The harsh sentencing that jailed him has made NSW prisons overcrowded and increasingly dangerous.

News July 22, 2017

Dutton’s rise to Home Affairs super ministry

Acting beyond official recommendations, Malcolm Turnbull has created a super ministry for Peter Dutton – possibly to shore up his own leadership.

News July 22, 2017

Trump’s first six months of crisis

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump has shown no signs of growing into the office. His administration is in permanent crisis, spending its time denigrating the news media. Only the Republican Party can moderate him – and they show no appetite for it.

News July 15, 2017

Greens fail on sexual assault allegation

The mishandling of a sexual assault allegation is part of a series of concerns about the culture and conduct of the progressive party.

News July 15, 2017

ADF special forces over-used as default first option

Reports of alleged misconduct involving ADF special forces come as the elite troops are increasingly preferred for deployment.

News July 15, 2017

Deadly clash between farmers and conservation

A coronial inquest into the murder of NSW environment officer Glen Turner will raise critical questions of government regulation where biodiversity conservation clashes with farmers’ rights.

News July 15, 2017

One Nation candidates chase funds

Two West Australian candidates disendorsed by One Nation are battling the party to retain the full share of public reimbursement for their campaigns.

News July 8, 2017

Planning for Tony Abbott’s exit

As Tony Abbott campaigns to reform Liberal preselection in NSW, it has emerged his own branch hired a headhunter to find his replacement.

News July 8, 2017

The people defending Cardinal George Pell

The criminal charges brought against George Pell have seen his defenders come to the fore.

News July 8, 2017

The fight after marriage equality

As a resolution to the debate on marriage equality draws closer, activists worry about how to maintain momentum after a win.