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indigenous affairs September 14, 2019

Newstart: the human cost of Morrison’s plan

With an expansion of the welfare crackdown signalled this week in parliament, experts warn the government’s measures will lead to collateral damage.

politics September 14, 2019

Albanese attempts to pacify backroom disquiet

While Labor faces a raft of legislation intended to split the party’s loyalties, the opposition leader has dismissed critics in his ranks who say he is capitulating to Scott Morrison’s agenda.

asia pacific September 14, 2019

Remembering Timor-Leste’s independence

The roots of the tension between the Australian government and the Timorese stretch far beyond the bugging scandal exposed by Witness K. Many believe John Howard’s peacekeeping initiatives at the end of the ’90s were too little and too late.

economy September 14, 2019

Philip Lowe and Australia’s economy

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is flouting convention, publicly calling on the government and business to do more to save Australia’s foundering economy.

indigenous affairs September 14, 2019

Inquest into Tanya Day’s death in custody

Last weekend, Yorta Yorta grandmother Tanya Day would have turned 57. As the inquest into her death in police custody continues, her family is pushing for justice and holding the Andrews government to its promises for change.

resources September 7, 2019

Part two: Second Adani blockade established

With the Queensland government extinguishing native title rights over Wangan and Jagalingou land, the traditional owners have moved onto their ancestral Country to declare their sovereignty.

immigration September 7, 2019

The truth about self-harm in offshore detention

Peter Dutton’s claims that medevac laws have resulted in a dramatic increase in self-harm on Manus and Nauru only highlight the government’s insensitivity and ignorance when dealing with asylum seekers.

law & crime September 7, 2019

ICAC and the federal watchdog

The revelations at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption this week serve as a timely reminder that the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be a watchdog with some bark but hardly any bite.

religion September 7, 2019

Divisions over the religious discrimination bills

The religious anti-discrimination legislation is being closely examined by interested groups.

law & crime September 7, 2019

Eurydice Dixon’s killer

Eurydice Dixon’s murder by Jaymes Todd set off a media circus. In all the chaos, though, the then teenage killer remained a spectre.

environment August 31, 2019

Part one: Inside the Adani blockade

Far from killing off the anti-Adani movement, final approvals for the Carmichael mine have catalysed protesters, who say the fight is far from over.