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religion May 18, 2019

Election 2019: the final hours

As election day neared, Scott Morrison proved to be relentless on the chaotic campaign trail, despite what the polls predict for his prime ministership.

politics May 18, 2019

The campaign for Warringah

In the face of a serious challenge by independent candidate Zali Steggall, Tony Abbott is fighting to hold on to his place in parliament – and some of the campaign tactics have turned nasty.

defence May 18, 2019

Unusual secrecy around 1950s nuclear testing

Files documenting British nuclear testing in the 1950s have suddenly gone missing. Many who have studied this questionable period of history wonder why.

law & crime May 18, 2019

Police raid at Hares & Hyenas building

For Melbourne’s LGBTQIA community, the police raid above the Hares & Hyenas bookstore – and subsequent serious injury of queer party organiser Nik Dimopoulos – has triggered memories of darker times.

immigration May 11, 2019

The Shorten interview

In a one-on-one interview ahead of next week’s election, Bill Shorten has proposed he would, if necessary, set up a new regional processing facility in Papua New Guinea.

resources May 11, 2019

Are the Nationals still the party of the bush?

With the election poised to be a referendum on climate policy, the junior Coalition partner finds itself out of touch with voters, even in its traditional strongholds.

politics May 11, 2019

Election cash splash coming from government grants

The funding for many promises in this election campaign appears to be coming out of government grants with vague criteria.

economy May 11, 2019

Mortgage brokers oppose changes to trail commissions

The mortgage broking industry is questioning a key recommendation of the Hayne royal commission, saying it was based on incomplete evidence submitted by Commonwealth Bank.

union May 11, 2019

Testing Israel Folau’s faith

As Israel Folau awaits sanction from Rugby Australia over his social media posts, arguments over religious freedoms, hate speech and employers’ rights rage on the sidelines.

asia pacific May 11, 2019

Journalist Maria Ressa and the Philippine election

Rappler co-founder Maria Ressa discusses the political situation in the Philippines ahead of the country’s May 13 midterm elections, the first test of Rodrigo Duterte’s continuing hold on popularity.

resources May 4, 2019

What Clive Palmer wants for his $60m

Despite Clive Palmer’s outlandish claims of his party forming government, the United Australia Party leader has a canny election strategy: to benefit his mining interests.