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environment November 16, 2019

Actually, it is climate change

As the prime minister refuses to discuss the science linking climate change and the bushfires burning in eastern Australia, former Howard adviser Geoff Cousins compares the political strategy to the tactics of the American gun lobby. With photography by Stephen Dupont.

politics November 16, 2019

Scott Morrison imposes discipline

Scott Morrison has gone on the front foot, rewriting the cabinet handbook and setting the agenda for how decisions in his government will be made.

indigenous affairs November 16, 2019

Co-designing the Voice to Parliament

Despite an early promise by the Morrison government to deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians, they remain no closer to being recognised in the constitution.

law & crime November 16, 2019

Proposed reforms to NSW consent law

The draft proposals on consent law in NSW contain some vital reforms, but experts maintain that further action is needed to combat sexual violence.

defence November 9, 2019

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

The agency’s watchdog, tasked with unravelling the breach, has echoed growing concern about flawed and confusing new anti-terror laws.

law & crime November 2, 2019

The rules governing strip searches in NSW

As an inquiry examines the potentially illegal strip searches of minors at NSW music festivals, legal experts say it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

politics November 2, 2019

Unpausing the robo-debt algorithm

Government officials have admitted that the robo-debt system accidentally sent out 10,000 debt notices in April. But questions remain about who knew of the problem and whether it could happen again.

health November 2, 2019

Outsourcing to hit ‘dysfunctional’ aged-care system

While the aged-care royal commission’s interim report highlights the need for reform, experts warn the government’s plans to outsource health assessments may only add to the crisis.

law & crime October 26, 2019

Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state

Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance.

politics October 26, 2019

Morrison government paid empathy consultant $190,000

In a week of senate estimates marked by obfuscation, one official revealed the cost of teaching bureaucrats to interact humanely with farmers facing drought.

rural October 26, 2019

The fight to save Victoria’s last forests

A report that recommends turning forested areas of central west Victoria into national parks has been met with silence by the Andrews government, prompting fears of a return to logging.