politics

politics February 16, 2019

Doubts over Huang ban and foreign influence

The government’s revoking of Huang Xiangmo’s Australian residency has been presented as a tough act against foreign influence, but may have set a precedent endangering thousands of Chinese Australians.

politics February 16, 2019

Inside the franking credits debate

As a Tim Wilson-led inquiry stirs up discontent over Labor’s proposed changes to franking credits, different groups are invested in the policy proposal for different reasons.

immigration February 16, 2019

The defeat Morrison hopes will save him

The opposition’s security briefing on the implications of the so-called medivac bill early this week confirmed the one thing Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and his senior colleagues feared: as drafted, it could be a direct incentive for people to...

resources February 16, 2019

Matt Canavan hijacks native title fight on Adani

While Resources Minister Matt Canavan insists Adani has the full support of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the legitimacy of a land agreement with the mining giant is the subject of a Federal Court appeal.

politics February 9, 2019

Alex Bhathal and discord in the Greens

The resignation of Greens stalwart Alex Bhathal has again shone a spotlight on the party’s infighting and dysfunction.

law & crime February 9, 2019

Hayne’s ‘disinfectant’ sees banks’ share prices rise

In the wake of the Hayne royal commission, the big banks’ share prices rose, raising questions of how much the culture of greed is threatened by its recommendations.

politics February 2, 2019

John Hewson: Morrison isn’t Paul Keating

By zeroing in on the economy, Scott Morrison is attempting to re-create Keating’s unlikely victory over John Hewson. It’s a losing campaign strategy, says the former Liberal leader.

politics February 2, 2019

Greens split by factional war

As the Greens continue to fight internally ahead of the NSW election, their dysfunction across branches is threatening the party’s prospects federally.

rural January 26, 2019

Fish kill: What led to the Murray disaster

The death of hundreds of thousands of fish in the Murray-Darling Basin was unprecedented, but it was not without warning.

politics January 26, 2019

Senior Liberals fear election chaos

As Scott Morrison prepares for the election, the Liberal Party in Victoria is broken and contemplating the risk of a split, while the NSW government revolts.

indigenous affairs January 26, 2019

Outstanding fines and Indigenous imprisonment

Indigenous women are being jailed over small fines at alarming rates. In Western Australia, one charity has crowdfunded hundreds of thousands of dollars in just weeks to secure their release.