Gadfly: Abercrombie and filch

Richard Ackland
What a terrible time for stalwarts of the Victorian Liberal Party Council, Andrew Abercrombie and Caroline Elliott. They have been on the receiving end of party president Michael Kroger’s rebukes over the former state director Damien Mantach’s trick of making $1.5 million disappear from the coffers...

Jeff Kennett on his beyondblue legacy

Jill Stark
Stepping down after 17 years at the helm of the national depression and anxiety organisation he founded, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett reviews his achievements at beyondblue and stares down his critics.

The promise of renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo

Martin McKenzie-Murray
For some brain cancer patients, Charlie Teo is seen as a final ray of hope who’s willing to tackle so-called inoperable tumours. But to many of his neurosurgeon peers, the myths far outweigh the miracles.

Government dismisses shootings on Manus Island

Martin McKenzie-Murray
With numerous shots fired at the Manus Island detention centre, the danger to detainees and Australian staff has become undeniable to all but the Australian government.

Inside the war on Safe Schools

Mike Seccombe
The campaign against Safe Schools is reaching its final chapter, but in many respects the program has already done its work.

Trump’s message to China on North Korea

Karen Middleton
As Donald Trump toughens his rhetoric on North Korea, the implications for Australia and other neighbours are becoming clearer.

Housing affordability divides Turnbull and Morrison

Karen Middleton
Debate within the government about housing affordability underscores a rift between the prime minister and his treasurer.

Gadfly: Downer and out in Dublin and London

Richard Ackland
A treat is in store for the cavalcade of Australian barristers sweeping through London and Dublin in July on their two-yearly overseas knees-up. It looks like a pretty flatout affair, kicking off with drinks at Scarfes Bar, at the Rosewood London, named because of Gerald Scarfe’s artwork and his...

Restoring the National Film and Sound Archive

Steve Dow
Budget cuts to the National Film and Sound Archive have left it struggling to complete critical restoration work and in need of new purpose.

China's ‘One Belt One Road’ project a new journey to the West

Hamish McDonald
China is attempting to reshape global trade through massive development projects across the old Silk Road of central Asia. But some fear it will bring economic disaster.

Pardon call over ‘flawed’ Kevin Henry murder case

Amy McQuire
An Aboriginal man has spent the past 25 years in jail for a murder he says he did not commit, his only link to the crime a dubious 1991 confession.

Killing the Great Barrier Reef

Mike Seccombe
As the Great Barrier Reef suffers record bleaching, Malcolm Turnbull courts a mining giant that will only hasten its death.

Gadfly: Oscar ceremony mistake

Richard Ackland
This week there was a lovely afternoon tea at the Human Rights Commission HQ to welcome onboard June Oscar, the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner. Dozens were in attendance, juggling cups, saucers and delicate little edibles.

Mosul after Daesh

Lauren Williams
With the huge rise in civilian casualties, the focus will quickly turn to restoring the locals’ trust in their government as the Iraqi army and US-led coalition forces drive Daesh from Mosul.

Filming ‘Chauka’ at Manus Island's detention facilities

Martin McKenzie-Murray
A collaboration between a journalist held on Manus Island and a filmmaker in Holland shows life in detention in all its stark monotony.

Calls for outreach program as veteran suicides soar

Miriam Cosic
Suicides among ex-servicemen are alarmingly high and some believe the side effects of an anti-malaria drug are a contributing factor.

Business takes lead on climate disasters

Karen Middleton
In the wake of cyclone Debbie, the insurance and banking industries are pushing for better mitigation measures, while the federal government lags behind.

Centrelink leaks more private data

Mike Seccombe
As Centrelink shares further personal data to defend criticisms of its debt recovery, the legality of its actions is in question.

Palm oil plantations displace more than orang-utans

James Norman
The Western focus on saving the endangered Borneo orang-utan from palm oil plantations overlooks the industry’s effect on indigenous communities and the climate change impact of the loss of peat forests.

Pete Evans and the rejection of science

Martin McKenzie-Murray
As a celebrity chef, Pete Evans has enjoyed enormous success. But now the man who celebrated the paleo diet is using his profile to further peddle his distrust of science.

Dispute over Heyfield logging deal pulls in senior cabinet

Karen Middleton
The impending closure of Heyfield sawmill has pitted senior federal ministers against each other, a premier, farmers and conservationists.

The murder of Fitzroy taxi driver Mohamud Muketar

Denham Sadler
Almost a year on from the murder of a Melbourne taxi driver, police are no closer to solving the crime and his father no nearer to answers.

What counts as rich now?

Mike Seccombe
The refusal of politicians to define ‘rich’ plays to a social confusion about how well off people actually are.

Gadfly: Radio National treasure

Richard Ackland
Gadfly took a leisurely drive along the Hume Highway to Canberra and what a treat to have Radio National for company. By the Mittagong turnoff there was James Carleton’s show “God Forbid” with an item on the advantage of being white, leading into a top-rate discussion on 18C with academics Helen...

Gadfly: Out of harmony’s way

Richard Ackland
Harmony Day turned into a triumph for pinkish-coloured people. PM Turnbull and his pale-skinned sidekick Bookshelves “Bigot” Brandis say it’s important for our free speech that tinted people be subject to offence, insults and humiliation – but no harassment, please. The Macquarie Dictionary...

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