politics

politics November 10, 2018

Neo-Nazi Nats and party infiltrations

The expulsion of a group of neo-Nazis from the Young Nationals highlights the way extremist and special interest groups can infiltrate major political parties, especially as falling party memberships put takeovers more easily within reach.

media November 10, 2018

Kerry O’Brien reflects on John Howard

For a significant part of Kerry O’Brien’s career, John Howard dominated Australian politics. The award-winning journalist talks about the former PM’s divisive recipe for success.

law & crime November 3, 2018

Tax benefits of legalising cannabis

According to figures requested by the Reason Party, legalising cannabis and personal drug use would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and benefit an overwrought legal system.

politics November 10, 2018

Exclusive: Auditor-general found Morrison breaches

While mystery surrounds Scott Morrison’s sacking from Tourism Australia, a buried audit report shows numerous anomalies and concerns over contracts worth $184 million.

politics October 27, 2018

Turnbull used to head off regional distrust

Malcolm Turnbull’s relationship with the Indonesian president is being used to shore up free trade negotiations as Scott Morrison hopes to convey stability abroad.

asia pacific October 13, 2018

Dennis Richardson: keeper of Canberra’s secrets

Dennis Richardson was chief of ASIO and ambassador to Washington before heading the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and then Defence. Here, he talks about China, Trump and Australia’s foreign policy.

indigenous affairs October 6, 2018

Lobbyists dominate mental health sector

As the suicide rate rises, health experts say millions in government funding is going to unproven programs and the sector is captured by lobbyists.

environment September 29, 2018

Exclusive: Morrison set reef grant terms

The terms of Malcolm Turnbull’s $444 million Barrier Reef grant were set by Scott Morrison, who as treasurer insisted the money not go to a Commonwealth agency.

immigration September 29, 2018

Five years in Manus purgatory

The passing of the fifth anniversary of offshore detention on Manus has seen those incarcerated on the island sink further into mental despair and physical surrender.

politics September 22, 2018

Liberal drift in Wentworth

The range of candidates running in the Wentworth byelection reflects an electorate that has less and less in common with the Liberal Party, which has held the seat since the party’s foundation.

law & crime September 22, 2018

Queensland debates abortion law

Next month, Queensland will debate changes to pregnancy termination legislation. While many argue current laws disadvantage poorer women, particularly in rural areas, others are keen to maintain the status quo.