politics

immigration May 13, 2017

Scott Morrison budgets on turn-in from the world

As he outlined the pillars of his second budget on Wednesday, Treasurer Scott Morrison noted what he said were the opportunities detailed within its pages for people overseas wanting to buy into the Australian housing market. “Foreign investors will...

politics May 6, 2017

Coalition pins its hopes on budget approval

A month ago, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann held his annual fundraiser – a whisky degustation dinner at a hotel in the centre of Perth. The event attracted a who’s who of West Australian Liberals and a good spray of senior colleagues from the...

politics April 29, 2017

Exclusive: One Nation breaks electoral rules

One Nation risks deregistration in Queensland following the failure of Pauline Hanson to advise the Electoral Commission of Queensland about a botched incorporation that has left it with a noncompliant constitution. The party secretly switched legal...

law & crime April 29, 2017

Brandis reverses community legal centres funding cut

Last weekend, Minister for Women Michaelia Cash flew from Perth to Brisbane to join Attorney-General George Brandis at a Monday morning announcement. Representatives from the community legal sector, state law associations and the Law Council of...

environment April 29, 2017

Land clearing and climate change

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen has been dead more than a decade now, but the spirit of Queensland’s longest-serving and longest-lived premier still infuses conservative politics. Joh famously left school at 14 and lived for 15 years in a leaky cow bail in...

politics April 29, 2017

Scott Ludlam and the appeal of the Australian Greens

I met Scott Ludlam halfway between Elizabeth and Exhibition streets, after giving him the wrong address for our coffee meeting. He was in Melbourne for the Greens National Conference and, though I was flustered, he was as affable as his recent GQ...

immigration April 22, 2017

Government dismisses shootings on Manus Island

On Good Friday, I received a message from Behnam Satah, an Iranian detainee on Manus Island. Shooting had broken out, he told me. “It was navy who attacked. The camp is in code red.” Soon other men were confirming that the detention camp was under...

resources April 15, 2017

Killing the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is now dying faster than scientists can document. Just a month ago, in the prestigious journal Nature , the team from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies published the results of their...

economy April 15, 2017

Housing affordability divides Turnbull and Morrison

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull landed back in Sydney from Mumbai on Thursday morning, straight into a pre-budget expenditure review committee meeting and a gathering storm. In his absence, his colleagues argued publicly over what the government...

film April 8, 2017

Filming ‘Chauka’ at Manus Island's detention facilities

Last year, an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, Arash Kamali Sarvestani, made contact with Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian-Kurdish journalist detained on Manus Island. Sarvestani had a proposal: if Boochani could film life inside the camp, he would help direct...

environment April 8, 2017

Business takes lead on climate disasters

At the back of their property down the road from South Golden Beach in northern New South Wales, Carole and John Cannon are trying to work out how to get their washing machine out of the creek. There’s a day bed in a tree nearby and an outdoor...