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environment September 16, 2017

Farewelling coral reefs

The director of the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, talks about the grim realities of climate change and how we must choose which reefs to save.

economy September 16, 2017

Bundaberg, Australia’s Newstart capital

As the federal government plans to expand its cashless welfare card program to Bundaberg, the residents of Australia’s ‘dole capital’ say the problem is that there simply aren’t any jobs.

environment September 16, 2017

Climate action stalling here and in America

The federal government is ignoring the realities of climate change – mirroring trends towards inaction in American politics.

law & crime September 16, 2017

Poker machines on trial

Victoria’s Federal Court will decide whether a poker machine has been illegally designed to entrap users, in the first case of its kind in the country.

politics September 16, 2017

Making sense of the PM’s first two years

Two years after he took power, it is possible to judge Malcolm Turnbull against the standards he set when he challenged for the leadership.

religion September 2, 2017

Welcome to the ‘No’ case

Led by established and co-ordinated conservative voices, the ‘No’ case breaks down into three key arguments, under which sits the backbeat of homophobia.

indigenous affairs September 2, 2017

History wars and monument politics

The defacement of a statue of Captain Cook has sparked a fresh debate about the value and meaning of colonial monuments.

politics September 2, 2017

The influence of political donations

A senate inquiry will consider how donations to political parties influence policy and how they’re hidden, calling on representatives from the biggest donors in the mining and banking industries to explain what they’re buying.

defence September 2, 2017

ADF actions and the Criminal Court

Redacted documents leave open the possibility that the International Criminal Court made contact with the government about the involvement of ADF special forces in civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

environment August 26, 2017

Peter Thomson’s fight for the oceans

Fijian delegate Peter Thomson leaves the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly decrying the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and warning of climate-related threats to the world’s oceans.

immigration August 26, 2017

Keeping asylum seeker healthcare offshore

The government’s determination to avoid onshore legal challenges to asylum-seeker detention has endangered detainees requiring serious medical attention.